Good work, Drudge: Brits pull Harry out of Afghanistan, send him home; Update: Taliban vows revenge

posted at 11:09 am on February 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

Per yesterday’s post, mightn’t Drudge have been doing the Brits’ secret bidding by spilling the beans? Er, probably not: Harry was due back anyway “in a matter of weeks,” which, on the one hand, makes the leak seem not so bad and on the other makes it totally gratuitous. Bummer:

Sky defence correspondent Geoff Meade said it could take at least 24 hours to bring him back to the UK.

He added: “There will be a degree of frustration – not least from the Prince himself – and anger.”

But he said that Harry had proved himself as a solider and, with media support, future deployments to war zones would be possible.

Yeah, where? They already denied him a tour in Iraq because the mujahedeen would be gunning for him. Then again, he’s not entirely safe at home either: “Once this … comes out, every single person that supports them will be trying to slot me.”

As for the media ethics angle, Channel 4 newstool Jon Snow, whom old-school HA readers will remember from this almost comic display of pro-Palestinian bias, gives Drudge a pat on the back for having the stones he himself lacked to break the conspiracy of silence. To which the Guardian responds by wondering when, precisely, temporary media blackouts became some sort of novelty:

Editors accepted a purely voluntary “understanding” with the Ministry of Defence that specifically stated that the blackout applied only to his military duties in Afghanistan and not to any of his other hobbies or activities, such as late night socialising.

In return there would be special access for the media to the prince before, during and after his deployment which could be reported when he returned home [in early April], without any interference by the Royal family or the military except for reasons of operational security…

In fact media blackouts are not that unusual. We do not report kidnaps, at the request of the police, if a hostage’s life might be a risk. We often know about the movements of politicians or royalty so that coverage can be planned but do not report them until they are safe.

Exit question: How much of the ethical question here is informed by one’s opinion of the royals and the propaganda value of having Harry successfully complete his tour? It’s no surprise that a leftist like Snow was itching to blow the story open, even though the actual news value in it is fairly slight. It is kind of a surprise that the Guardian didn’t take the same position.

Update: Jihadist degenerates try to snatch victory from the jaws of propaganda defeat.

According to a Taliban spokesman, the prince’s presence in Helmand province is a direct sign of the British Royal Family’s stance against Muslims and warned it would merely encourage further insurgent attacks against British soldiers.

Zabihullah Mujahid said: “Prince Harry’s presence in Afghanistan encourages our fighters to launch more attacks on British forces.

“The Royal Family is now directly participating in the aggression against Muslims.”…

Mr Mujahid also suggested the British are facing defeat in Afghanistan and that news of the prince’s deployment was deliberately leaked in order to raise spirits.


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It’s risible to have royalty today.

Yeah, I don’t understand the royalty. Seems like awfully expensive, taxpayer-funded soap opera to me most times.

Slublog on February 29, 2008 at 1:22 PM

I don’t care if he did it to score with chicks! The point is he did it.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:11 PM

And my point still remains the same:

Why glorifying that rich prince who is already glorified and elevated by many to an almost godly figure?

How about those poor thousands young boys and gals who scarified their lives for America? How about those who lost their limbs?

It is not fair.

That talk about the Royal Brits and their glorification must stop.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Everyone’s interested in stuff they don’t have.

doubleplusundead on February 29, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Didn’t Freud have a name for that?

JiangxiDad on February 29, 2008 at 1:23 PM

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM

You seriously think its a highy orchestrated fraud?

Yes, and Oswalt acted alone.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Yes, and Oswalt acted alone.

Anger about KFC’s Famous Bowls can drive a guy to do some pretty bad stuff.

Slublog on February 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM

pecan pie on February 29, 2008 at 1:15 PM

As I explained before on the previous thread its a tradition going back at least a thousand years but then you don’t care about that as you think ancient British institutions are a ridiculous sham which someone could just as easily say about the US Constitution if they felt so inclined, irregardless of how much that would enrage you.

My point is that there’s no reason to fight a war to save your civillisation if you’re willing to junk major parts of that civillisation to oblivion. The British Labour Party have not understood this which is why they plunged Britain into the sorry state it is in today.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM

They probably wouldn’t even allow him to carry a gun. Probably scared to death he’s off himself cleaning it, or dropping it when the revely horn sounded.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:32 PM

That talk about the Royal Brits and their glorification must stop.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:23 PM

It’s hardly glorifying; most reporting on Harry not related to his military service revolves arounf his partying, same as any other tabloid-style reporting on celebrities, so he’s hardly revered as god-like. And what makes you think that stopping reporting about his actions in Afghanistan will result in the MSM suddenly reporting favorably on the hundreds of thousands of ordinary American service-people serving now? He gets noticed because he’s an important person in Great Britain. As I mentioned earlier, if an American of comparable fame were to enlist and serve in the war, we’d see the same type of reporting regarding them.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Yes, and Oswalt acted alone.
Anger about KFC’s Famous Bowls can drive a guy to do some pretty bad stuff.

Slublog on February 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Hahaha.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Trust me. No one could have been happier than Harry when he got pulled out. Finally, he can get home in time for tea and crumpites, smoking weed, and he doesn’t have to be surrounded by dirty peasants.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:37 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:22 PM
THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:32 PM
THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Yawn…your attempts at being shocking are getting a bit redundant.

Slublog on February 29, 2008 at 1:38 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:22 PM
THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:32 PM
THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:37 PM

you know, we stopped fighting the red-coated b*st*rds in 1815. The wars over. Take your finger off the trigger and rest.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:40 PM

tabloid-style reporting on celebrities

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:33 PM

That’s exactly what it is.

And what makes you think that stopping reporting about his actions in Afghanistan will result in the MSM suddenly reporting favorably on the hundreds of thousands of ordinary American service-people serving now?

It won’t. But that’s the MSM which I don’t watch nor read. And gossiping about a Royal Brit serves only one thing: killing the time.

He gets noticed because he’s an important person in Great Britain.

Not in America.

if an American of comparable fame were to enlist and serve in the war, we’d see the same type of reporting regarding them.

Not really. We didn’t hear about the famous football player who died in the war until after his death.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Can’t help it, after their cut and run out of Basra, I’ve really gotten back in touch with my ability to slime the lime.
Next, the british will tell us Prince William is working on a cure for AIDS.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:44 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE has embraced irrationality so its probably just best to ignore him.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 1:44 PM

I’m at the point now where I can officially say the French are tougher than the British. That’s right, I said it.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:45 PM

Not really. We didn’t hear about the famous football player who died in the war until after his death.

Not quite.

Slublog on February 29, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Not really. We didn’t hear about the famous football player who died in the war until after his death.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

No, I heard about him (in the MSM) right after he enlisted. And he wasn’t “famous” until he enlisted. Along those lines we’d have to see Tom Brady or Peyton Manning enlist.

He gets noticed because he’s an important person in Great Britain.
Not in America.

But Britain is an ally. If Tom or Peyton enlisted, then the British media (as well as many other nations’ media) would report on it.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Harry ‘doesn’t like England,‘ lashes British media

Linked from the almighty Drudge himself.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080229171117.gyvbj9yx&show_article=1

I guess it says it all, huh?

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:53 PM

While the other soldiers were hovering together to keep warm in a foxhole, Harry had his own barracks loaded with toys, stuffed animals, a bubble blowing machine, twister, and had one of those beds that looks like a racecar.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Jihadist degenerates try to snatch victory from the jaws of propaganda defeat.

Get use to that if Obama and the dems get their way over Iraq

William Amos on February 29, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Can’t help it, after their cut and run out of Basra, I’ve really gotten back in touch with my ability to slime the lime.
Next, the british will tell us Prince William is working on a cure for AIDS.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:44 PM

They may have left Basra, but they’re still in-country.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:56 PM

What a great phrase, “slime the lime”. I’m going to steal that and use it myself.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 1:56 PM

While the other soldiers were hovering together to keep warm in a foxhole, Harry had his own barracks loaded with toys, stuffed animals, a bubble blowing machine, twister, and had one of those beds that looks like a racecar.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:55 PM

You got some pictures of that?

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:58 PM

When he gets back to Britain his first order of business will be a croquet match with the Romnee boyz.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Honestly, did Pat Tillman get any bit of publicity compared to prince Harry “Potter?”

Get real. I know you guys want to refute my points. But it’s incomparable. Harry is irrelevant, as far as I’m concerned.

You know, even if he dies in the war, I still will read it as yet another soldier who did his duty that he chose to do -supposedly- in his case. I will not blow it out of proportion.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 2:01 PM

While other soldiers had to hump twenty with full pack, Harry did aerobics with those rediculous leg warmers we saw in the eightees.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Zabihullah Mujahid said: “Prince Harry’s presence in Afghanistan encourages our fighters to launch more attacks on British forces.

Like they need any more excuses to attack…

Patriot811 on February 29, 2008 at 2:04 PM

I caught the CNN story on Anderson Cooper’s show last night and was really impressed. I think Harry’s actions have restored some honor to the Brits and to the their reputation has taken some hits lately and they should be proud. He is a hero as are the men he fights with.

Also, for anyone else that may have watched it, did you notice that the baseball cap he wore had an American flag on it? And, when they talked about fighting with the Americans, there was a soundbite of Harry saying, “Well, the Americans are here, and all’s right with the Empire”. I smiled at that.

CP on February 29, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Indy Conservative,

I read that this morning. He explained that he doesn’t like he life in Englad would like to lead a “normal” existence as a soldier in Afghanistan which contradicts the motives you ascribed to him. You would have noticed this if you had read the linked articles all the way through in the first place.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 2:05 PM

While the other soldiers were hovering together to keep warm in a foxhole, Harry had his own barracks loaded with toys, stuffed animals, a bubble blowing machine, twister, and had one of those beds that looks like a racecar.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:55 PM

And what is in your barracks? Oh wait, I meant dorm room.

I agree that we should really honor everyone that decides to take this calling. However, if this is legit I have to say I am impressed with the kid. I can think of hundreds of silverspoon famous American children that would NEVER consider even handing out a military uniform.

ClassicCon on February 29, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Harry’s favorite part of his deployment was when his commander went over how to retreat.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Zabihullah Mujahid said: “Prince Harry’s presence in Afghanistan encourages our fighters to launch more attacks on British forces.

Ya…ok, little man.

I love how the press and much of the left of the world eats up quotes like this. The old, “Oh no, don’t make the jihadis mad” sentiment. “We can’t make them mad, we need to find out why they hate us, and open up a dialogue…” “It’s our own fault the terroist scum-dogs are angry with us, woe is me….”

Like those scum need extra incentive to launch an attack on anyone. Bring it - we’d love for you cowardly rats to crawl out of your caves and fight.

reaganaut on February 29, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Honestly, did Pat Tillman get any bit of publicity compared to prince Harry “Potter?”

Hey, where are you going with those goalposts? I don’t believe we were discussing relative attention – just prior attention.

No, Tillman didn’t get as much publicity as Harry. But as far as I’m concerned, if the attention given him makes Britons feel proud about their military involvement in Afghanistan and increases support for their mission, then I can deal with the publicity.

Slublog on February 29, 2008 at 2:11 PM

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 2:05 PM

But I generally don’t like England that much and, you know, it’s nice to be away from all the press and the papers and all the general s..(expletive) that they write.

No comment.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Also, for anyone else that may have watched it, did you notice that the baseball cap he wore had an American flag on it? And, when they talked about fighting with the Americans, there was a soundbite of Harry saying, “Well, the Americans are here, and all’s right with the Empire”. I smiled at that.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he renounced his royal title and became a US citizen later in life.

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 2:12 PM

In Mel Gibson’s The Patriot, the title character Benjamin Martin frets about having to shoot “our brethren”. He identifies with members of a shared civillisation even as he wars against them.

Compare that to today when many conservatives can’t identify with their allies in wars fought alongside eqach ither even after fighting three world wars together. I think the reason for this is contained in this comment:

Can’t help it, after their cut and run out of Basra, I’ve really gotten back in touch with my ability to slime the lime.

When you owe your loyalty to an ideology of permanent democratic revolution (neoconservatism) and not to Western civillisation then I guess the British pulling out of Basra makes them the enemy. This would explain why so many here cheered the Iraqis on and heaped abuse on the British in the Iraqi soccer thread Bryan posted a few months back. It caught me by surprise but it now makes perfect sense to me. Hell, Condoleeza Rice even said that US troops in Iraw were fighting for “multiculturalism” which I guess they are.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 2:14 PM

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Well, one of his recent ancestors renounced the throne to marry an American, so there’s precedent for such behaviour.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 2:16 PM

I’m ashamed of the juvenile, spiteful comments of most posters on this thread.

From everything I’ve seen and read, Harry wanted to be “one of the guys” and did his duty alongside them, not asking for nor wanting any special privilges. He wanted to be where he was.

He is probably furious that he now has to go back home, because some publicity seeking media fool leaked information that should have stayed secret. That fool compromised the life of the prince as well as his fellow soldiers in his haste to be “the first”. Shame on him. He’s as bad as the New York Times.

waterfall on February 29, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Harry wouldn’t have made a very good soldier anyway. It’s real hard to sneak up on the enemy when you have the kids in front of your every step dropping rose pedals.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Also, 12 weeks is very short tour. Is that standard for the Brits?

natesnake on February 29, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Six months is the standard for the Brits.

baldilocks on February 29, 2008 at 12:04 PM

RAF Regiment guys I served with had 4 month tours. They rotate around more, with shorter tours. We (US Army) go longer tours (‘tho this one of mine isn’t as long as the last one, heh heh) less frequently. USMC is closer to the shorter tour, more deployments model (7 month tours often)

major john on February 29, 2008 at 2:18 PM

No comment.

Who comments just to say they aren’t going to comment? I’ve been defending the tradition of sending the second royal heir to war and in my opinion he oughtn’t to have a choice, he ought to go whether he wants to or not. The Queen told him he was going, she didn’t ask him and that was that.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 2:18 PM

leaked information that should have stayed secret

sigh
Come on. Think before posting.

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Harry went to Afghanistan after he saw how much fun the other British soldiers were having when the Iranian gun boats kidnapped them.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Y’know, there’s wit and there’s twattishness

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Y’know, there’s wit and there’s twattishness

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Chosen One crossed that line a while ago. And he can’t seem to stop himself.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Y’know, there’s wit and there’s twattishness

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Loosen up, it’s called comedy.

Harry is pissed that he didn’t get a chance to turn over his weapon to the enemy before the airlift.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Compare that to today when many conservatives

Stop. Stop right there. Where is your data that one or two clowns posting on HotAir, who may or may not even be conservative (or are even able to spell conservative), represents the views of “many conservatives”?

Of course you’re quoting a movie character to make a point, so it’s not surprising that you take comments on an internet forum to heart. You need to be able to filter out the immense amount of BS that comes with anonymous internet postings. You’re talking sports, no less. No one should take that serious.

reaganaut on February 29, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Why glorifying that rich prince who is already glorified and elevated by many to an almost godly figure?

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:23 PM

I smell Victoria Cross!!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on February 29, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Wow…a lot of posts.

Not going to read them all. All I’ll say is that volunteering for service in a combat zone, no matter who you are, is admirable. And even more so, if you are rich, royalty, and could easily avoid it.

I do believe Prince Andrew flew Harriers in the Falklands.

otcconan on February 29, 2008 at 2:30 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:17 PM

I disagree with your whole outlook on the prince. The young man has been educated in English history, literature and folk-lore. I’m sure that as soon as the cold steel of a gun barrel was placed in his hands, testosterone did the rest. He was getting a taste of what some of his forefathers have tasted. Chivalry and duty is only natural.

“If you give a boy a peanut-butter sandwhich, he’d bite it into the shape of a gun.”

shick on February 29, 2008 at 2:33 PM

I do believe Prince Andrew flew Harriers in the Falklands.

otcconan on February 29, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Not Harriers, but choppers. And he flew them once or twice as a decoy for Exocet missiles.

Prince Charles was qualified to fly:

Chipmunk basic pilot trainer
Harrier T Mk.4 V/STOL fighter
BAC Jet Provost jet pilot trainer
Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft
F-4 Phantom II fighter jet
Avro Vulcan jet bomber
Spitfire classic WWII fighter

Andrew was a Lynx pilot, among many other military duties.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Class envy from so-called “conservatives” is a pitiful thing to witness.

As for monarchies, I believe Iraq would be better off today if they had returned to a monarchy instead of what they have now.

In any case, Harry deserves a full measure of credit for his service. Too bad Drudge screwed it up for him in the desperate hunt for a scoop.

Buy Danish on February 29, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Stop. Stop right there. Where is your data that one or two clowns posting on HotAir, who may or may not even be conservative (or are even able to spell conservative), represents the views of “many conservatives”?

I’ve seen it all over the right-wing blogosphere from countless bloggers and commenters most of whom called themselves conservatives. But yeah some of the people here like The Chosen One are crackpots. If you don’t feel this statement applies to you then relax it is isn’t aimed at you. It’s aimed at a certain mentality which I must admit I have no real way of knowing whether how widespread it is.

Of course you’re quoting a movie character to make a point, so it’s not surprising that you take comments on an internet forum to heart. You need to be able to filter out the immense amount of BS that comes with anonymous internet postings. You’re talking sports, no less. No one should take that serious.

I see nothing wrong with referring to art – be it movies, books, plays – that illustrate my thoughts for me. I didn’t even like that film its just that that one line always stuck in my head as it seemed to epitomise for the civillisational bonds that existed more concretely centuries ago.

I could have used a qoutation from FDR’s speech at the Statue of Liberty in 1936 to ullustrate the exact same point, it just didn’t pop into my head like the film. Somebody accused me of being “vain” and “esoteric” for using an obscure reference to illustrate a point on police brutality a while back, quite unfairly I think.

I said myself the The Chosen One had embraced irrationality and advised others to ignore him. I only ignored my own advice when his he stated in characteristically blunt terms something that I thought needed to be pointed out. He said that he hates the British because they pulled out of Basra which is an amazing thing to say and I think it indicates that fealty to the global democracy project over and above civillisation exists in some conservatives.

Maybe it was just a sporting event but it had me puzzled at the time.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Like I said above I have no data just anecdotal experience but even if its only a tiny or near non-existent phenomenon it interests me enough to make me want to think and write about it anyway.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Not really. We didn’t hear about the famous football player who died in the war until after his death.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Perhaps you didn’t hear about him. But Pat Tillman’s name was known in the news and elsewhere long before his death.

baldilocks on February 29, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Harry will probably make Drudge a knight or a Duke. As long as Drudge doesn’t mess up his victory parade everything’s cool.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:43 PM

That talk about the Royal Brits and their glorification must stop.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Trust me. No one could have been happier than Harry when he got pulled out. Finally, he can get home in time for tea and crumpites, smoking weed, and he doesn’t have to be surrounded by dirty peasants.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 1:37 PM

The United States of America – Britain’s greatest success story!

yubley on February 29, 2008 at 2:44 PM

I’m ashamed of the juvenile, spiteful comments of most posters on this thread.

I agree, waterfall.

A lot of people on this thread have railed at the attention paid the Royal Family, but let’s face it — can anyone really imagine England without a royal family? Cromwell tried it and failed so miserably, the monarchy was restored. Like it or not, for better or worse, the Windsors are England to many people. Perhaps that is why so much attention is focused on them.

Regardless of the “celebrity” status, Harry doesn’t deserve the vitriol some of the folks on this thread are spewing.

ScaryBiscuits on February 29, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Regardless of the “celebrity” status, Harry doesn’t deserve the vitriol some of the folks on this thread are spewing.

ScaryBiscuits on February 29, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Here, here.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 2:48 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE

Are you a man? Serious question, because it isn’t often that one observes such a level of obvious envy in men.

baldilocks on February 29, 2008 at 2:48 PM

To think that the Brits would place a member of the Royal family in harm’s way in Afghanistan is sheer nonsense. That, of course, is what the Brits think of Americans. I am glad Drudge could represent that stream of thought about Americans in such a predictable way so that the common people can revel in the charade soon become the legend of Prince Harry. When the truth comes out, the gullibilty of the Americans will convince the entire world that the dumbing of America is in its final phase.

volsense on February 29, 2008 at 2:52 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE

Out of control.

The_Freeze on February 29, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Here, here.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Hear, Hear

FYI

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 3:06 PM

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 3:06 PM

My apologies; I actually didn’t know that one. Thanks!

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 3:08 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE
Out of control.

The_Freeze on February 29, 2008 at 2:54 PM

…and apparently needing severe attention…

bernzright777 on February 29, 2008 at 3:13 PM

The Chosen One pulled the same class envy crapola with Mitt’s campaign. He is a very jealous child.

Buy Danish on February 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM

As much as this situation disgusts me, maybe Prince Harry could be tapped as a teacher and author for the British Army and serve Kingdom-side. I’m almost certain his lessons would save many lives of soldier and civlian alike.

HotAirJosef on February 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Harry will probably make Drudge a knight or a Duke. As long as Drudge doesn’t mess up his victory parade everything’s cool.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Nah, he’ll use him for SA-80 (British assault rifle) practice.

HotAirJosef on February 29, 2008 at 3:20 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Wow, last post an hour ago. Must be nappy time.

bernzright777 on February 29, 2008 at 3:22 PM

If Drudge didn’t exist, someone else would fill the Drudge role.

The_Freeze on February 29, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Does this mean I get to be a pimp now? Cause ya know . .

I don’t care if he did it to score with chicks! The point is he did it.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Anything more noble than that?

Why are Americans fascinated by the royal family? Probably because we don’t have one. Everyone’s interested in stuff they don’t have.

doubleplusundead on February 29, 2008 at 1:17 PM

This explains my fascination of Jessica Alba, Kiera Knightly, and John McEnroe

Yeah, I don’t understand the royalty. Seems like awfully expensive, taxpayer-funded soap opera to me most times.

Slublog on February 29, 2008 at 1:22 PM

You have to understand the British Mindset. The Royals are like a sence of national pride. Kinda like the Mets to New York. Not really usefull, but there you have it.

More to the point, the Royals are like the Flag. You can’t very well ride into battle with out it/them.

MirCat on February 29, 2008 at 3:26 PM

SA-80 (British assault rifle)

Makes a better doorstop ;)

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Like Gunny Gibson, total Hero! Lost a leg and STILL went back to Iraq!

Or

SSG McCoy, lost both legs yet still wants to be with his guys!

Two awesome hero’s!

upinak on February 29, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Harry’s commander is glad that he’s been evacuated. His night light and bubble machine kept giving away their position.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 3:31 PM

I know who was the source for the Drudge Report article: Prince Harry

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Right now the Romeny boys are tugging on Mitt’s coattail and crying, “We want to be war heroes, too.”

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Man, people here need to dial it down a bit. Really tacky stuff. The boy is serving his country alongside our troops. Give him some credit.

someguy on February 29, 2008 at 3:46 PM

As I explained before on the previous thread its a tradition going back at least a thousand years…

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM

I’m glad to see you and a few others know some history. Harry is following in the best traditions of his country and his forebears. Given Prince Charles’ flirtation with Islam, this has been heartening news. It’s one of the best of recent signs that there is still an England there.

INC on February 29, 2008 at 3:48 PM

My sources tell me that Harry was extremely disappointed that he didn’t get to address the opium issue before retreat.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 3:48 PM

SA-80 (British assault rifle)
Makes a better doorstop ;)

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Yeah, I’ve noticed that Brit SpecOp types prefer M-16 style weaponry, going back at least to the Gulf War, if not earlier.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 3:54 PM

I can well believe it. Our lives are worth infinitely more than any jingoistic bullshit ;)

To paraphrase De Niro (from Ronin) – it’s a toolbox, you put the tools in the box – and I only care about having the best tools, regardless of origin.

I tend to favour german/american hardware myself – mossy, sig, hk – but my mind is always open ;)

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 4:00 PM

I want to state now that I am totally kidding with these posts. I tend to get on a roll sometimes and I can’t turn off the giggles. It all started when I read that link that said Harry killed 30 Taliban. That’s such a load of bs. Harry’s service is definitely admirable and deserves respect.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 4:03 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Fair enough :)

LimeyGeek on February 29, 2008 at 4:05 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE

Retard

jones on February 29, 2008 at 4:07 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE

Everyone can kid, but as many as you did and considering the content? Really bad taste, IMO.

INC on February 29, 2008 at 4:16 PM

I want to state now that I am totally kidding with these posts. I tend to get on a roll sometimes and I can’t turn off the giggles. It all started when I read that link that said Harry killed 30 Taliban. That’s such a load of bs. Harry’s service is definitely admirable and deserves respect.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 4:03 PM

You’re a jerk and an attention whore, envious of someone more capable and accomplished. Now, you want to say it was all just a joke. Where have I heard that before?

a capella on February 29, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Lighten up boys, its called comedy.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Worst example of a HA thread that I have ever seen. I’m sure HuffPo and Kos have screencapped it for posterity.

Harry….thanks.

Limerick on February 29, 2008 at 4:31 PM

a capella on February 29, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Still upset that my boy Mav destroyed his guy Mitt the phony.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Still upset that my boy Mav destroyed his guy Mitt the phony.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Won’t work. You’ve exposed yourself for what you really are and made HA look bad in the process.

a capella on February 29, 2008 at 4:47 PM

a capella on February 29, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Nice try. You are the one name calling and always in a foul mood. Please don’t lecture me about good behavior Mr. Pessimism.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Lighten up boys, its called comedy.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

For some reason you strike me as the poindexter that laughs at his own “jokes”, while everyone else is saying, “Who the f**k is this douchebag?”.

ClassicCon on February 29, 2008 at 5:46 PM

Loosen up, it’s called comedy.

Um, TCO? Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t comedy supposed to be funny?

ArkCon on February 29, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Class envy from so-called “conservatives” is a pitiful thing to witness.

As for monarchies, I believe Iraq would be better off today if they had returned to a monarchy instead of what they have now.

I think royalty is a natural product of humans in political settings. The Greek democrats ended up making Pericles a near royal figure. The Roman senate was always lurching towards autocracy. Americans wanted to treat Washington like a king. And there is an inexorable push to give our presidents status like royalty. Even the chosen one’s strange trollish posts about Prince Harry say much more about him and his problems with authority figures than about the prince or the notion of royalty.

snaggletoothie on February 29, 2008 at 7:06 PM

ArkCon on February 29, 2008 at 7:00 PM

I was trying to draw a contrast between the average joe who has to put his neck out there, with a Royal who probably won’t ever see any action. Did you read the entire thread? I thought I was pretty funny, but I’ve gotten a ton of comments saying it wasnt so. I guess I’m the only guy in the world that finds the Royal Family Aristocracy laughable.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 7:18 PM

I was trying to draw a contrast between the average joe who has to put his neck out there, with a Royal who probably won’t ever see any action.

Yet all the reports out of Afghanistan have said that he has seen action but you’ve chosen to ignore them as made up because the facts don’t suit your set of assumptions.

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Class warfare is different than hating monarchies. Monarchies are completely useless and the Brits use these relics for tourism more than anything. Frankly if I was in Harry’s unit I’d be glad the brat is gone, his mere attendance puts his unit in more danger than necessary. He can fluff up his Bio in other ways. Of course I have heard that another site trumped Drudge on this. If that is true then it is good that Drudge got it out, so that Harry was pulled. If it was on a lesser known site insurgents could have found out before the Brits, with Drudge everyone knows. Al Qaeda is smart, they had enough espionage capability to strike us during NORAD exercises so stunts like this won’t stay secret for too long.

LevStrauss on February 29, 2008 at 8:22 PM

How many of you guys remember Captain Clark Gable and Major James Stewart of USAAF . They didn’t have to go to war , but go they did . Captain , later promoted to Major Gable went into harms way 6 times over Germany in a B-17 and when Hitler learned about his antics , he offered a bounty to any German pilot who can locate , bring his bomber down and captured him unscathed . If Drudge was alive back then , he would not have no problem telling the Germans the plane Gable was in , what squadron and what mission he will participate in . Same goes for Jimmy Stewart , who was the command pilot in several B-24 missions with the 453rd Bombardment Group over Occupied Europe .In fact,Jimmy Stewart had to appeal to his superior officer for a spot in any unit going overseas to enable him to see combat . Like Prince Harry , they had fame , money and being a VIP in the military , they had more than enough clout to choose a safe stateside position than combat service and the government was more than willing to give it to them . But these two men like young Prince Harry decided to fight not for PR , but for their country and if they die , heck ,they know the risk .But unlike Prince Harry’s situation, the press knows when to keep their damn mouth shut back then because the press knew that reporting sensitive stories about these men will not only get them killed , but others as well .

To those who say it’s damn PR stunt , let me give you a hint , PR stunts are very expensive to do in a war zone , it gets people killed and they only last for a few days . In contrast , Prince Harry had a real job to do in Afghanistan and he was willing to spend 3 to 4 months in a forward unit whose Taliban opponent is just 500 yards away .No general would want a PR hungry royal 2nd Lieutenant to be near that place. About the press who accompanied him , those gentlemen looked like they belong there and their dress and gear were appropriate fro the situation at hand . He volunteered and people honored him for it .

DinobotPrime on February 29, 2008 at 8:23 PM

aengus on February 29, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Yeah, and they also said he killed 30 Taliban, but you chose to believe the Royals embattled in a scandal involving the Death of Di would ever allow that. You are out of you mind, MY FRIEND. I’d like to sell you beach front property in Nebraska.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 8:23 PM

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