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Combat-Injured Army Capt. Rozelle...on the Media's War Coverage and his Mission in Iraq

9:14 AM, Dec 6, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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Capt. Rozelle is profiled in this small newspaper in Alexandria, Virginia. He understands how the world changed on September 11, unlike defeatists like Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi.

For instance, "the week I met my new foot," he said that a reporter from CBS News followed him around.

"I was proud, and felt that I was sending a positive message to the American people," said Rozelle. He complained that "the media would invade the lives of families of fallen soldiers and put them on display - not as a tribute, but as a way to taint public opinion against the war."

He said that this type of "exploitive and politically driven negative propaganda was not in the historic spirit of honoring dead soldiers. So I felt I could tell a story of success."

...Capt. Rozelle later said that he believed the day he reported to duty with the 3rd ACR, he said, was the same day that "I believe my journey to Iraq started." It was Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists commandeered passenger planes and destroyed the World Trade Center towers in New York and attacked the Pentagon in Arlington.

A growing number of critics have said there was no connection between the 9/11 attacks by al Qaeda terrorists and Saddam Hussein's B'aath Party regime in Iraq, and that the United States made a mistake invading that nation over misplaced fears that Saddam was harboring or developing weapons of mass destruction.

But Rozelle said Saddam was clearly a threat. "Even [former] President Clinton said that Iraq was a threat because of its nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities," he said.

In addition, Rozelle said the Iraqi leader had shown that he was a threat in that in that region. "I stood over a gravesite in Iraq of 3,000 people that were shot in the head, and some of them buried alive," he said. "Is Saddam Hussein not a weapon of mass destruction?

"There was no doubt in my mind what our mission was; it was to get rid of the terrorists, whether the B'aath Party or al Qaeda."