NYT Should Investigate Op-Ed's Push for Increased Use of Airpower in Afghanistan
On February 18th, the New York Times op-ed page published an op-ed by an obscure and poorly identified author attacking General McChrystal for his directive last July that air strikes in Afghanistan be authorized only under "very limited and prescribed conditions." The op-ed denounced an "overemphasis on civilian protection" and charged that "air support to American and Afghan forces has been all but grounded by concerns about civilian casualties." Now it has been revealed that the author of the piece works for Booz Allen, a major Pentagon contractor.
Please write to the New York Times' Public Editor Clark Hoyt and ask him to investigate why the Times published an op-ed calling for increased U.S. use of air power in Afghanistan without regard to civilian life, and why the New York Times failed to disclose that the author of the op-ed works for Booz Allen.