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Letter to NPR/ATC:soldiers' letters were written by Lt. Col. Caraccilo, ..
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Edited on Wed Oct-15-03 01:26 PM by Skinner
Subject: The soldiers' letters were written by Lt. Col. Dominic Caraccilo, not by one enlisted soldier

Dear All Things Considered,

Yesterday you reported that identical letters to the editor were sent home from a unit in Iraq reporting the "good" side of what the army is accomplishing in Iraq. However, this ethical miscue was not an honest mistake, led by one enlisted soldier as you reported. It was an intentional deception, written by Lt. Col. Dominic Caraccilo, who is an experienced author and has published several books on war. This story was reported earlier Tuesday in USA Today magazine. It is obvious that batallion commander Caraccilo was participating in a propaganda campaign to try to influence the American public at a time when support for the war is flagging and patience with results in Iraq is wearing thin.

All Things Considered should continue coverage of this story and state the important correction that the unit commander wrote the letters.

(name omitted)

My citations:

Officer was the one behind 500 letters
By Ledyard King, Gannett News Service
WASHINGTON An Army battalion commander has taken responsibility for a public-relations campaign that sent hundreds of identical letters to hometown newspapers promoting his soldiers' rebuilding efforts in Iraq.
Lt. Col. Dominic Caraccilo said he wanted to highlight his unit's work and "share that pride with people back home."

Army officials revealed Tuesday that 500 identical form letters were sent to newspapers across the country with different signatures. They said the mass mailing was the wrong way of getting the message out, but they didn't know whether the commander would be disciplined.

"It sounded like a good idea at their level, (but) it's just not the way to do business. They're not going to do that again," said Lt. Col. Bill MacDonald, a spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division, which is leading operations in north-central Iraq.


Colonel Caraccilo has experience in presenting stories from Iraq that are topical and important to the image of progress in that war, as seen in the beginning of this article about "Mystery Containers" being found last April:

Iraqi site yields more mystery containers
Compiled from Times wires
St. Petersburg Times
published April 15, 2003

U.S. forces reported finding suspicious items at two Iraqi sites Monday, but top American officials said the search for weapons of mass destruction will take a long time.

In northern Iraq, a retired Iraqi air force engineer led U.S. paratroopers to several sites south of Kirkuk on Monday. They found about a dozen 20-foot-long missiles, more than two dozen large green tanks full of an unknown substance and crates of suits and masks designed to protect troops from chemical attack.

Much of the material was covered with camouflage netting, and there were some fake fiberglass missiles nearby that seemed designed to fool aerial observation.

Local Kurds said the farmland was owned by Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam Hussein who was known as Chemical Ali for his suspected role in gassing thousands of ethnic Kurds in Iraq in 1988. A coalition airstrike apparently killed al-Majid on April 5.

.....end of excerpt..........

Here are books that Colonel Caracillo has published:

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