April 20, 2007

(Guest blogged by Logan Murphy)

countdown-rieckhoff-tillman.jpg On Friday's "Countdown" Keith talks to the founder of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff, about the latest developments surrounding the death of Pat Tillman. We've known many of these facts, but there's something about actually seeing the gory details that adds a whole new level of sadness and outrage to this national tragedy.

Ah, but the fun doesn't stop with Pat Tillman. Rieckhoff points out that during his press conference on Friday, President Bush channeled Geraldo by giving out sensitive information about the locations of American military posts around Baghdad.

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"One of the things that did happen today that concerned me was that during Bush's press conference he actually showed a graphic that showed 24 urban military outposts in downtown Baghdad. I would argue that showing that to the world and potentially to our enemy might compromise moral - might actually compromise operational security."

"Our enemies aren't stupid. They can look at that and figure out a grid coordinate and try and drop mortars on those exact locations. I mean, this is like a Geraldo moment during the invasion when Geraldo started drawing troop operation movements in the sand. I mean, this is unprecedented in my experience and maybe I'm missing something, but this is a real worry and I wouldn't go throwing this out on the airwaves for everybody to see if I were the President."

You can find out more about Paul Rieckhoff's new book, Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier's Perspective here.

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