Most of my regulars know I try to keep away from cussing on this blog since it really doesn’t bring anything to the debate. I mean we have all seen the KOS kiddies cuss away, thinking they are making a bigger point but in the end they just look ignorant. Well, after getting home from work tonight and reading about the WaPo writer, William Arkin, who wrote this:
These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President’s handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.
Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.[…]So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society? […]But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary – oops sorry, volunteer – force that thinks it is doing the dirty work. […]America needs to ponder what it is we really owe those in uniform. I don’t believe America needs a draft though I imagine we’d be having a different discussion if we had one.
All I have to say is FUCK YOU! You little weasel piece of dogshit.
Ok, I’m sorry….there are some people in this world who just deserve it so.
Who in the flying hell do you think you are, calling our volunteer soldiers mercenaries! These troops lay their lives on the line every single day serving this great country so that you can live and breath in safety. Is there any other reason why we have not been attacked since 9/11? It’s because we have taken the fight to the enemy OVER THERE, and guess who is doing the fighting and dying, these "mercenaries" you sneer about.
They are not living with "obscene amenities, they are living in an uncomfortable reality with dirt, heat, cold and fear their constant companion. I tell you one thing, they deserve far better then what we give them now. But do you hear them complain about the dirt? The heat? The fact that they may die at any second? No. Because they WANTED to serve this country.
I find it humorous every time one of you lefties complains about someone exercising their first amendment rights. You who rail on and on about the first amendment rights of their fellow cohorts in the media. But when the troops have the nerve to speak their mind, look out! Who are they to say that they don’t like the fact that a certain segment of our country, cough lefties cough, want to lose this fight.
Hugh Hewitt did some background on this loser:
Arkin cut his teeth with the lefty Institute for Policy Studies, and went from there to positions with Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Human Rights Watch. He has been a regular columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In recent years he has taken more mainstream work as a senior fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (he appears to do most of his writing not from the SAIS campus, but from his home in Vermont).
He is also the regular military affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times (what a surprise that the Times employs a Greenpeace alum as its military guru) and a commentator for MSNBC.
He also describes a speech he made in 2002:
In this lengthy and vitriolic attack on the Bush administration, Arkin admitted to feeling "cynical about the fact that we are going to war to enhance the economic interests of the Enron class," and declared that "the war against terrorism is overstated." Arkin believed, in fact, that the war "is not the core United States national security interest today." He rhetorically asked the audience: "Aren’t I just another leftist, self-hating American?" and condemned the administration for taking "enormous liberties with American freedoms."
"The war against terrorism," he said, "if it is a war at all, is not World War II or the Cold War, and it is grasping at empty patriotism to claim that it is." He warned of "our tendency to fall back upon secrecy and government control." And he concluded by warning that our foreign policy "convey[s] the wrong message, which is that we have no values, that we are for sale":
Bush and company call the war on terror open ended. Such a characterization reveals a lack of ability to foresee an outcome and betrays a muddled sense of strategy, strategy that is based on American values and our aesthetic and our way of life. It is for that reason that they need help in seeing what they are doing. They hardly have all the answers.
You can read the lengthy speech here.
Do you see where the left is going with this? The spitting has already started, and now they need to be patted on their shoulders and told that hey, they are just baby killers anyways….they don’t deserve anything.
As Blackfive notes sometime back, it has begun.
John over at OPFOR puts his rant a bit more eloquently (btw, Mr. Arkin can’t seem to write much better then I can….how in the hell did he get a job as professional writer?)
This goes beyond mere opposition to the war. It represents the official demotion of the US military, from heroic to evil. Uneducated rapists and baby killers, mercenaries for hire. Soldiers were once the invincible GI, now they are war criminals. How far we’ve fallen, how pathetic we’ve become. As a society. As individuals. As human beings.
I can’t fight this type of ignorance. I just can’t. As much as I’d like to, I can’t grab Arkin by the ear, and show him one of our squadron chefs, a young airman who works on her masters when she’s not cooking meals for our crews. I can’t take him to my friend Ryan’s grave, a college graduate killed by an IED in Baghdad, who opted to honor his obligations as an enlisted man instead of pursuing a more lucrative line of work. Or introduce him to the security forces airman who walks long patrols through the winter snow, reciting the epics of Homer to himself so that he’ll be prepared for his Classics exam. These people aren’t the exception, they are the standard.
If there is a war that’s unwinnable, it’s the war on this type of horrid ignorance. The type of uniformed, intellectually lazy thinking that can only exist in the sheltered bubble of cocktail parties and classrooms. Arkin is a gazer. A man forever condemned to peering out the window into the real world, watching the exertions of men better than himself.
Please, please please email this fool at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know his screed did not go unnoticed.