A briefing for allied military spokesmen in Afghanistan has come up with a list of Don’t's and Do’s.
Lie or spin.
Stick to the facts.
Having been at the receiving end of lots of briefings on military campaigns, Battleland finds the guidelines pretty good, actually.
Yet there remains a conflict between the progress being claimed in Afghanistan by the public spokespeople, and the less-positive assessments gleaned in private chats with U.S. and allied officials on the ground there.
There’s even a tug-of-war among U.S. military officers over just how optimistic they should be. Tough to draft guidelines about that.