Minutes after he took it, Michael Yon posted the following intriguing picture to his Facebook page:
The story behind it, in Michael’s own words:
Paying for damages: I took this photo about five minutes ago while a soldier counted Afghan money. Our people keep cash on hand to pay for damages we cause during operations and so forth. From what I have seen, the money is well spent and is a big help here.
Whew. Behold the face of freelance battlefield journalism in 2010. It’s also a good pic to send to people who claim the US just destroys houses and does not pay compensation to their owners/residents.
Why the legacy media haven’t offered The Two Michaels (Totten and Yon) lucrative war correspondence gigs is beyond me. Maybe because “they don’t stay on message” — but if that were the only reason, one would expect a lucrative offer from the WSJ, Fox News, the Times of London, or the Daily Telegraph?