|01-24-2006, 07:47 PM||#1|
lost in the ether
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: The 'cuse
I dont support our troops
Posting a link to an LA Times Op/Ed piece
I am military vet, and this yo-yo kinda ticks me off. It is obvious he has no respect for what he has been handed... alas because he has been handed it. A few clips from our friend...
I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. Off to a good start. Must be going for headlines - and he achieved it.
I'm sure I'd like the troops. They seem gutsy, young and up for anything. If you're wandering into a recruiter's office and signing up for eight years of unknown danger, I want to hang with you in Vegas. After b**** slapping the volunteers of America, he gives them a backhanded compliment. "You may be dumb, but I'll party with your dumb a$$ in Vegas." Whats the point?
Blindly lending support to our soldiers, I fear, will keep them overseas longer by giving soft acquiescence to the hawks who sent them there Interesting point. However, I would counter with this - respect those who will do what you cant stomach to do, and vote the knuckleheads outta office.
And this is where the thin ice he was treading on broke... The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. The next step, although he wont advocate it, is spitting on returning troops and calling them baby killers. Putting rhetoric out there like this and then not advocating the next step is wussy, speaking of wussies.
I do sympathize with people who joined up to protect our country, especially after 9/11, and were tricked into fighting in Iraq. I get mad when I'm tricked into clicking on a pop-up ad, so I can only imagine how they feel. Speaking of that ice that just broke... this remark is when I would not throw him a rope. His flippant comparision of combat wounds to pop-up ads should insult just about anyone.
But when you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you're not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you're willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse. I signed up right outta HS, as did many of my friends. At 17, 'tools of imperialism' isnt really a concept you understand - hell, I dont think this dip understands the term. Anyways, we signed up because we wanted adventure, a life with meaning, and a chance to give back to our country that meant so much to us.
This guy's comments dont anger me, or (sadly) surprise me. I understand they come from an immature manchild who has been handed everything in life, and mocks his betters... those who struggle for what they have. The irony, is this man understands his small role in the world, and still makes his comments. I know this is all easy to say for a guy who grew up with money, did well in school and hasn't so much as served on jury duty for his country.
What a shame this passes as intectual journalism... Ya, I know they are selling papers first and formost, but it is still a shame.
Last edited by loborugger; 01-24-2006 at 07:49 PM..