The Corner

Media Gamble

We are still learning what it means that this war is being reported live, from the front lines, by embedded reporters. Clearly, the effects cut two ways. On the one hand, the country has been energized by empathy for our soldiers–by new found familiarity with a military that is, too often, hidden from most Americans. To follow this war on television is to feel a rush of respect for the dedication, professionalism, and courage of our soldiers. Despite the dangers, military recruiting may actually be easier now. Civilian life seems shallow by comparison to the drama of danger and high purpose now playing out before our eyes. High purpose is exactly what our civilian life lacks.

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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