Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Dear PR Hack:

Commenter Robert Pell-deChame delivered a letter here that he fired off to the Pentagon spokesperson who claimed that the three Gitmo suicides were a "PR stunt." I'm promoting it here because, well, it's delivers a well-deserved smack to Ms. Graffy:
TO: Colleen.Graffy@pepperdine.edu

Dear Ms. Graffy:

I am writing to you to remark upon the incredibly ignorant statement you made regarding the three recent suicides at Gitmo. The lack of knowledge about the causes of suicide which you demonstrated in your profoundly stupid remarks leaves me breathless for the sheer lack of understanding of an issue which is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans. (Anderson RN, Smith BL. Deaths: leading causes for 2001. National Vital Statistics Report 2003;52(9):1-86.), not to mention what incarceration without hope of release for charges unknown must do to a person. How would you like to be locked up without any knowledge of charges against you, in a land not your own, without any sense whether or not you would ever leave alive? Perhaps you should try it.

Annual rates of suicide in this country are over 30,000 per year, more than 650,000 Americans are hospitalized each year following suicide attempts, and over 116,000 are treated in hospital emergency departments for same. Among US males, suicide is the 8th leading cause of death for all US men and males are four more times likely to die from suicide than females. And this is not even beginning to quote numbers related to female and teen deaths. But don't take it from me, Ms. Graffy, check out the website of one of your fellow-governmental agencies, the CDC--that's the Centers for Disease Control in case you had failed to note its existence-- http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/suifacts.htm . There you will see a tidy introduction to a subject in which you are woefully ignorant and which all your degrees have obviously not prepared you to understand or speak about.

I come from a family which, in the last one hundred years, has experienced over a dozen suicides in its ranks. So, yeh, I tend to be rather sensitive to the issue. We are what you would call patriotic Americans, as a whole, and have done more than our share to contribute to the life of the nation in ways very big and small. To see you liken suicide as an act of warfare against the US would be funny if it were not so cruel and unfeeling. But then, cruel and unfeeling is probably how you have risen to the position you presently enjoy at State.

Do us all a favor, Ms. Graffy, and shut your mouth about subjects for which you are woefully under-qualified and under-experienced to comment. Step outside of your fishbowl of an office and limited circle of acquaintances, take a drive sometime and see the world beyond the Beltway. Touch base with reality. You are in many ways as imprisoned as the people you are verbally abusing at Gitmo.

Very Truly Yours,
Robert Pell-deChame
Nice work, Robert!


Blogger Musclemouth said...

Nice letter of Robert Pell-deChame's you posted here. It's amazing the word "Diplomacy" appears in Graffy's job title. I wrote one to her as well, via email, but the address turned out to be invalid. One correction I would have offered to Mr. Pell-deChame is that she is first and foremost a London resident. The State Department's Biography of Colleen P. Graffy says "she has resided nearly 20 years in London, where she was often invited by the media to communicate the U.S. point of view on international issues." Hmmm...sounds like a propagandist for hire. A state whore, if you will. Matter of fact, the state department has a huge gaggle of propaganda parrots here: Newsmakers - Searching for Expertise in the Department of State.

Talk about Orwellian Newspeak, eh?

8:25 PM  
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Blogger qrswave said...

yes, great letter. very tragic incident. Her response was both absurd and audacious.

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