Reason.com notes this NYT photo:
Pakistani men with the remains of a missile fired at a house in the Bajur tribal zone near the Afghan border.
Whatever is happening in the U.S. shadow war in Pakistan it is clear that this photo gets it all wrong.
What is identified as the “remains of a missile” is quite clearly an artillery shell.
No kidding. I’ve long said that most journalists know only three things about the military: My Lai, the Pentagon Papers, and the words “Tet Offensive”.
What’s left unasked, though, is the actual origin of that artillery shell. It was either brought in (a prop for a photo shoot, maybe?) or it was there already. If that shell really was dug out of the wreckage of that house, maybe the missile strike wasn’t so far off target after all. (via Reynolds)
UPDATE: Instapundit links to an American Thinker post on the possible cluelessness/deceptiveness of the NYT.
Malkin has several good links, as well.
UPDATE 2 : Officer’s Club gives us a pic of a Hellfire missile to compare/contrast, and also notes that missiles (and shells, for that matter) usually go BOOM when they hit. I was going to point out that when “remains of a missile” are found, they’re usually about the size of a dime and identified by parts of serial numbers. But I didn’t want to go get all “technical” and confuse anyone.
It’s sorta funny how much attention this is getting.