Working Undercover for the Man

I know the military is short of its recruiting goals, but this is silly:

A study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested “clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers.”

Since the start of the Iraq war, there’s been a raucous debate in military circles over how to handle blogs — and the servicemembers who want to keep them. One faction sees blogs as security risks, and a collective waste of troops’ time. The other (which includes top officers, like Gen. David Petraeus and Lt. Gen. William Caldwell) considers blogs to be a valuable source of information, and a way for ordinary troops to shape opinions, both at home and abroad.

It is good to know that they’re simply looking for ways to push propaganda, rather than planning to put Jonah Goldberg on the front lines. Not that I don’t want to see the 101st Chickenhawks deployed, but I do care about the soldiers who would have to fight with them.

This does bring up a few questions, though, like exactly how many of our tax dollars are going to fund Blackfive, Instapundit, and Ace O. Spades, Heterosexual. I’m sure they’ll be disclosing that right after these monkeys fly out of my posterior.

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