This is the way we live in the present day: tweets announcing the launch of bombing campaigns against increasingly powerful insurgents in Iraq.
US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.
— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 8, 2014
Note this preceding message for clarity:
Press reports that US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false. No such action taken.
— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 7, 2014
So it did happen and it will continue to happen. But a few reporters jumped the gun.
No. RT @TPCarney: Do we know the objective of our attack? Protect Kurdistan? Eliminate ISIS? Contain them?
— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) August 8, 2014
Maybe we don’t know the specific objective (though the President did elaborate a bit in a somewhat open-ended press conference).
But thanks to Instagram, we do know what the decision-making scene looked like…
Here’s another disturbingly timely tweet:
AP Style tip: Use airstrike as one word. Read more: http://t.co/XMe6TF9hwe
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) August 8, 2014
I wonder, when are you supposed to turn to your child and give the speech, in this new scenario? Do you give your stoic, “sometimes the country has to make hard decisions, and people get hurt,” talk as you fav or retweet? Do you shake you head and say, “war is never the answer, it only begets more war, never forget this,” as you close the browser tab?
Unfortunately, these queries are real and relevant.