« The Knuckleheads of the Day award | Main | Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™ »

Prince Harry Heading Home

r2390887611.jpg


The Sun and CNN are reporting that British Prince Harry is on his way home after The Drudge Report published details on his 10 week deployment to Afghanistan. They report that he's engaged the enemy, just like other gunners (no special favors) and directed airstrikes that kill 30 Taliban fighters. More details from The Sun:

His extraordinary tour of duty was known about by all British media - including The Sun - but kept secret under an unprecedented voluntary arrangement.

Yet notorious US news website the Drudge Report yesterday revealed damaging details, sending top brass into a spin.

Generals were meeting late into last night to decide whether to rush Harry home five weeks ahead of schedule.

...One senior military source said: "We're going to have to bring him home immediately.

"We have to expect that every fanatical fighter in 1,000 miles of him will be pulling out all the stops to find him."

Interesting that there was a complete, voluntary media blackout, though in hindsight that was probably the only way he could actually have served.


TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/28207.

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Prince Harry Heading Home:

» Unpartisan.com Political News and Blog Aggregator linked with Britain's Prince Harry in Afghanistan

Comments (16)

Drudge should have kept his... (Below threshold)

Drudge should have kept his mouth shut on this one.

Someone must of talked. Ho... (Below threshold)
Bunker:

Someone must of talked. How did Drudge find out?

Harkens back to the halcion... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

Harkens back to the halcion days when when it was more important for journalists to do what was right, instead of getting the scoop at any cost.

Drudge shouldn't have reported it.

I understand their concern,... (Below threshold)

I understand their concern, but what ever happened to the royal tradition of military sacrifice? The royal family should embrace the risk, showing service to their subjects.

"The royal family should em... (Below threshold)
Mark L.:

"The royal family should embrace the risk, showing service to their subjects."

All well and good if the risk is to the member of the Royal Family. Which it was when Prince Harry was in Afghanistan anonymously. But once it becomes known that the prince is serving in a war zone, it draws significant additional risk on those subjects in his unit.

Since Prince Harry is (in euphamistic military terms) a "high value target," the Taliban and al Qaeda would have spared no effort to take him out (or preferably kidnap him). Modern soldiers fight as a team, and having Prince Harry known to be on your team (or vehicle, or platoon) would have significantly increased the risk to you.

That is why Harry chose to serve anonymously. He did not mind his mates or himself getting shot at because they were British soldiers. Harry just didn't want his mates getting shot at because of his dad and grandmum.

The royal family should ... (Below threshold)

The royal family should embrace the risk

They obviously did with Harry serving as just another Tommy. However, as Mark comments, once it was revealed it was "the" Prince Harry, Islamofascists would have tried anything to kill or capture him.

Well, if they let him keep ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Well, if they let him keep the kit and the MG he should be well set to handle the paparatzi when he gets home.

Drudge should have gotten t... (Below threshold)

Drudge should have gotten the Knucklehead of the year for this. On the muckraking scale, it's brilliant, although not on the scale of his Lewinski coup. On the ethics scale, it's a huge zero. As others have said, the prince served in quiet so as not to make himself a special target. Now, because the story is blown wide open, his mates are in special danger.

(I wonder, though, if his mates have the attitude of "Bring it on, you $^!*^#" scum, because we'll protect our prince!)

Giant Kudos to the Brit media, which means BBC gets much credit, for keeping the lid on.

I suppose I was unclear, so... (Below threshold)

I suppose I was unclear, so I'd like to revise and extend my remarks. I realize that the Prince is a fairly high value target, and that that adds risks to his unit. However, the reason that he is a high value target is largely that the British treat him as not expendable. If the Royals were to come out, repeatedly and publicly, and make clear that Royals would spend their career in the military, assuming they have the aptitude, until such time as they must assume their ceremonial place, it would reduce future risks. If everyone knew that the Royals expect to lose its young men from time to time, and glory in their sacrifice in those conditions, then the future Royals would not be high value targets.

"Knucklehead?" That's the ... (Below threshold)

"Knucklehead?" That's the best you can do? Where's the outrage? Where's the "Rope, Tree, Drudge ... some assembly required?"

All I see is some Tsk...Tsking. As a direct result of Drudge, ongoing operations directly against the very organization that perpetrated 9/11 were disrupted. Why the hell is Drudge getting a pass?

All I see is some Tsk...Tsk... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

All I see is some Tsk...Tsking. As a direct result of Drudge, ongoing operations directly against the very organization that perpetrated 9/11 were disrupted. Why the hell is Drudge getting a pass?
-------------------------------------
This is a joke! Liberals must know they are defending the liberal culture corruption, so they must find every excuse to justify their support of the liberal sew*ge. In this case, what does Drudge affect? Prince Harry!

In the mean time, the Dem congress had its own memo planning to use intelligence info for political purpose. This week the Dem congress was busy passing meaningless legislations about post office, the use of rotundra etc... but holding up FISA bill. Reid just came out to send encouraging message to the terrorists (ie he is working on surrendering in IRaq). The dem congress continue to play politics with our generals and national security. The liberal hypocrisy is just amazing.

"I understand their conc... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"I understand their concern, but what ever happened to the royal tradition of military sacrifice? The royal family should embrace the risk, showing service to their subjects."

Times are very different, as is this war. When Harry's uncle served in the Falklands, the press was not the most powerful weapon of the enemy, Argentina, in fact it probably wasn't a weapon at all.

Today, the press is the most powerful terrorist weapon today so once Harry lost his anonymity he had to go home. He would have been too valuable to the terrorists who are losing badly, except in the leftist media.

Mark Adams - no "outrage"? ... (Below threshold)

Mark Adams - no "outrage"? Well, because this pales in comparison to the real bilge that Big Media has done against the war effort almost since the beginning.

I'm disgusted with Drudge. ... (Below threshold)
cliff:

I'm disgusted with Drudge. I thought he had a little more sense then these other media types. Apparently I was wrong.

I am even more disgusted by the media guy who drudge posted saying "thank God for drudge, will the people ever trust the media again?"

Well, no, we won't, but that's WHY. We'd trust them a whole lot more if they had enough common sense and decency to keep something like this quiet.

I'm disgusted with... (Below threshold)
marc:
I'm disgusted with Drudge. I thought he had a little more sense then these other media types. Apparently I was wrong.
While no great fan of Drudge, he's wrong as much as he's right, he wasn't the first to run the story:

"And although UK media only ran with the story today after it appeared on the Drudge Report, Australian women's magazine New Idea actually broke the news on January 7. German newspaper Bild is also reported to have run the story."

Stop funding the terrorists... (Below threshold)

Stop funding the terrorists!

No more Oil Wars!

Energy Independence Now!

Drill in Anwar.

Build more nuclear power plants

Use More coal.

Use more natural gas


Turn trash into energy


Double the efficiency of windmills and solar cells.

If France can do nuclear power so can we.


If Brazil can do biomass/ethanol power so can we.


If Australia can do LNG power so can we.


Domestically produced energy will end the recession and spur the economy.


Stop paying oil dollars to those who worship daily at the alter of our destruction.


Preserve our Civil Rights and defend our Freedom by ending dependence on foreign oil.





Advertisements









rightads.gif

beltwaybloggers.gif

insiderslogo.jpg

mba_blue.gif

Follow Wizbang

Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

Contact

Send e-mail tips to us:

tips@wizbangblog.com

Fresh Links

Credits

Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

In Memorium: HughS

All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

Hosting by ServInt

Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

Author Login



Terms Of Service

DCMA Compliance Notice

Privacy Policy