WaPo blogger to U.S. troops: Be thankful we don’t spit on you, mercenaries

posted at 7:00 pm on January 31, 2007 by Allahpundit

He supports — or rather, “indulges” — the troops, despite their raping and murdering and delusions about victory and youthful naivete. But they need to support him too by not expressing their opinions about what it means to “support the troops” because that makes him feel guilty about his defeatism.

Oh, and they’re also filthy mercenaries who are in it for the money and should be grateful they’re not being called baby-killers.

He’s writing about that NBC video that Bryan posted yesterday:

I’m all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also hope that military commanders took the soldiers aside after the story and explained to them why it wasn’t for them to disapprove of the American people…

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 [“Every”? — ed.], 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.

Sure it is the junior enlisted men who go to jail, but even at anti-war protests, the focus is firmly on the White House and the policy. We just don’t see very man “baby killer” epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon.

[W]e 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?…

If I weren’t the United States [sic], I’d say the story end [sic] with a military coup where those in the know, and those with fire in their bellies, save the nation from the people.

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.

Exit question one: What does he have in mind when he describes the “obscene amenities” that are being provided to soldiers in Iraq? And exit question two: Who is William Arkin?

Update: Dan Riehl thinks he knows who Arkin is.

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heh. I hope he reads his comments before he’s fired so he knows what’s coming in his paycheck.

Black Adam on February 1, 2007 at 11:45 AM

–On a semi-related note: Jack Shafer in today’s Slate has an article calling the spitting upon of US servicemen during the Vietnam era a “myth.” –armylawyer—

It never ceases to amaze me how the American Left has tried to hide their hideous behavior from the Vietnam War. Spitting on Soldiers, Sailors and Marines was no myth. If Jack Shafer and Jerry Lembcke had actually talked to Vietnam Vets, they would have learned otherwise. But, of course, that was not part of their agenda. They want to erase this behavior from the annals of history, just like President Clinton wanted to erase his subterfuge to avoid military service.

gmaninatl on February 1, 2007 at 11:46 AM

On a semi-related note: Jack Shafer in today’s Slate has an article calling the spitting upon of US servicemen during the Vietnam era a “myth.” –armylawyer—

Sure. Of course it’s a myth, right?

That’s a myth, but global warming is real.

There’s no possibility at all that life exists before birth, but evolution explains how life began.

The First Amendment is sacred – and that includes protection for NAMBLA meetings simulated kiddie porn – but you can’t keep your guns, cuz that ol’ Second Amendment don’t matter. Oh, and if you’re a conservative … that “First Amendment is sacred thing” … well, not so much.

It’s this kind of thinking that defines liberals.

So OF COURSE it’s a myth that troops were spit on. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton supports women’s right (he’s not a serial misogynist!) and John Kerry is a war hero!

You gotta pay more attention. It’s the reality-based community, you know.

Professor Blather on February 1, 2007 at 11:56 AM

all lib dems want us to lose the war…period…they have no plan to fight the war on terror…they politicize…obstruct…mislead…totally ridiculous…

areseaoh on February 1, 2007 at 12:00 PM

Very well put, Professor.

Spurius Ligustinus on February 1, 2007 at 12:25 PM

“take care of their families”

Oh, yes that’s just another of the obscene amenities. Why, I’m just rolling around in piles of money and base housing units are like mansions!

People think the family support systems are just to make it so the military folk can do their jobs, but it’s a racket! Shh, don’t tell or everyone will be signing up.

–ticked off military spouse

MamaAJ on February 1, 2007 at 1:52 PM

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

Decent wage? Compare what our enlisted and NCOs get compared to a cop – and no union protections, rules, etc either. Take care of their families, medical care? I have one nightmare word for you sir, “Tricare”. Vast social support systems – care to describe those – only ones I know about are families sticking together. My wife got two phone calls the whole time I was deployed – one “official” family support group meeting a month before I got home. Housing – heh, I had 1/6th of a plywood hut in Afghanistan, and base housing in the US wasn’t much better :) Obscene amenities? Name them. I seemed to have missed them in OEF…Perhaps he hasn’t heard of CENTCOM General Order #1.

We don’t serve FOR money – damned few in the world would do that. Pay is simply compensation that allows someone to serve without poverty, or without having a family, etc. – does Arkin write for free?
Maybe this shmuck should pick up SLA Marshall’s Men Against Fire

major john on February 1, 2007 at 3:06 PM