Heaven forbid that someone voice an opinion that runs contrary to the will of the state, especially in front of the enemy. How can anyone believe that we're fighting to bring "American freedom" to Iraqis when U.S. citizens are punished by U.S. corporations for exercising their freedom of speech while in Iraq? Arnett is a goddamn Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent who probably knows more about war than the kids currently fighting for the coalition. But since his analysis of the situation runs contrary to what the American propaganda machine is putting out, he got the boot.
It's like the various "united front" arguments that some government officials have been spewing. The ones that laughably claim we should refrain from exercising our freedom of speech to prove that every American wants to "liberate" Iraq so that Iraqis can enjoy the freedom of speech.