The cheapening of service
He spouts bullshit
He fought in Iraq and won the Silver Star
Do not confuse the two
Atrios put this up and Sully's words so pissed me off, I needed a comment
Words Speak Louder Than Actions
Blaming the media less about deflecting ownership and more due to their own inability to see Iraq as an actual place, instead of as a square in their personal game of risk or some sort of k000l virtual reality game, and their own belief that words on the page are more important than actions on the ground. It's what allows MSNBC columnist media outsider Instapundit to write he's "tired of the war" and the thinking that allowed Andrew Sullivan to write:
The men and women in our armed forces did the hardest work. They deserve our immeasurable thanks. But we all played our part. By facing down the evil, the cowardly and the simply misguided, we have done a great good.
Of course by participating in the public discourse one plays a part in something, but typing away from one's basement does not involve "facing down" anything. Not a single person who opposed this war was "cowardly" as it takes no actual courage to send other people off to kill and die. One does not get to bask in the reflected bravery of those who are actually doing what you send them to do. There was nothing courageous about supporting a war which was supported by the US government and almost the entire punditocracy, and aside from helping to stifle debate and demonize people who quite sensibly opposed the war their contribution to their noble cause was precisely zero.
This is the coward's excuse. They say that they "supported" the war and "faced" down evil. Shit, they sound like the Freikorps reminising in some Bavarian beer hall about killing reds. They have confused legitimate public debate with service in combat.
Serving George Bush's political ends is not the same as serving this country. It isn't patriotism, unless serving the needs of the GOP over the country is patriotic and most people would think that it didn't.
I think that the upcoming political season will reveal this in detail as the GOP tries to question the patriotism of veterans running for office. One of these wingnut assholes will talk about facing evil and the candidate will explain the difference between a pithy statement and having a Sadrist or ex-Iraqi soldier firing an AK-47 from 30 feet away. Or what happens when an RPG hits the truck in front of you or when an IED blows up next to your Humvee and the next thing you remember is the surgeon at Balad telling you it's time for an operation and they might be able to save your leg.
Great good? Helping to send thousands of people to their deaths is a good thing? Sititng behind a desk and calling soldiers servants, a good thing?
We need to cut the bullshit and remind these people that fighting strawmen and fighting guerrillas are vastly different things.
posted by Steve @ 6:55:00 PM