But they’re sure thinking it.
Weren’t they just saying that we needed to listen to the military? Apparently that only applies when they say the right thing.
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.
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.
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.
I guess they’re confident enough to come out of the shadows now. That’s been their goal all along, to get to the point where they could spit at the soldiers and call them “babykillers” without paying a price.
None of those complaining said that you had to STFU, but somehow you feel empowered to say that to them. STFU and just get blown up quietly. We are busy trying to lose the war back here and letting the public see that you are pissed about all the negative coverage makes that harder. 1st F***ing Amendment asshat! You have shot your wad working to ensure that nothing good about the war gets printed, now back the F*** off and let those who actually earned their free speech to use a little of it.
Uncle Jimbo is just one veteran, there are thousands of us and most are proud of their service and do support the troops and their mission.
Oh sure, you can trot out a couple of veterans here and there to protest. But by the same token I can probably find a few people that will swear that they had lunch with Elvis last week. Neither is very believable.
I said in a previous post, if the military is pulled out and America accepts defeat, there will be hell to pay. This is not the demoralized conscript Army that silently accepted the epithets of the civilians when they returned from Vietnam.