Tal Afar Comes to YouTube
It's not that tough to find footage from battles in Iraq as it is, and indeed, the footage from the soldiers themselves can be much more dramatic. The military's videos -- like so much of the YouTube canon -- can be a little dull, almost carrying a "you had to be there" quality. But maybe that's the point. Putting these clips on YouTube, alongside marginally entertaining homemade television and shots of suburban white kids pretending to be 50 Cent, contextualizes fire fights in Baghdad as another slice of middle-American life.
Whether that makes you proud or angry depends on your politics.
— A.L. Friedman, Editor at Large, Light Reading