Picture of Air Force Sgt comforting little Iraqi girl

Just got this in my inbox:

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group was noted previously for his care of children in an essay he wrote this past summer: Prepare now, your life depends on it.

But despite the nature of this photograph (or, more likely, because of the nature of this photograph) we’re not seeing this register on the media’s radar. The only non-AF stories I found with a quick google were from KSNW-TV in Wichita, KS and a commentary piece in the Escanaba (MI) Daily Press.

An AF.mil story on the picture is here.

Notice that the KSNW-TV story (posted on MSNBC.com’s Local News section) is dated November 6th. Call me cynical, but I question the timing of the decision to not publish the picture widely.

If, on November 6th, the story came out that Sgt. Gebhardt had committed some atrocity, particularly an atrocity involving Iraqi children, do you think it might have made the news 24 hours before election day? Just wondering.

Anyway, Muslihoon posted on this back on October 23rd and scored this comment:

How can we know she is not died?. How can we know she has no bullet between her eyes?. How can we know?

There’s more, but I think you get the general drift. (Incidentally, there was a bullet in her head. It just wasn’t put there by US troops, so I guess it doesn’t warrant consideration. I’m just saying.)


  1. Senator Kerry! More proof that the American’s are acting in the manner of Genghis Khan! American’s and their evil ‘lull unsupecting, injured Iraqi children to sleep’ ways. Seriously, this picture shows the heart of the Ameirican Serivce Member. Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt should get a medal or something for demonstrating behavior in the ‘finest tradition of the service’, casue I’m sure he’s not giving up any of his duty time to help the little girl. I’m sure he puts in a full day of work, and then in his off duty time finds the strength to make us all proud. Way to go, Chief! This makes us proud! Thanks Murdoc, for showing us all aome of the reasons for why we fight. I don’t see any Islamo-fascist propaganda that shows OBL tending to wounded, ‘his’ or ‘ours’.