There is absolutely no other way to interpret this garbage by the Washington Post's William M. Arkin.
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, we 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?
I can imagine some post-9/11 moment, when the American people say enough already with the wars against terrorism and those in the national security establishment feel these same frustrations. In my little parable, those in leadership positions shake their heads that the people don't get it, that they don't understand that the threat from terrorism, while difficult to defeat, demands commitment and sacrifice and is very real because it is so shadowy, that the very survival of the United States is at stake. Those Hoover's and Nixon's will use these kids in uniform as their soldiers. If I weren't the United States, I'd say the story end 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.
Gee -- it was the left-wing liberals who demanded that we end the draft at the end of the Vietnam War, on the basis that no American should be forced to serve int he military against their will. The result was an all-volunteer military that is undeniably the best trained, highest quality force in the history of America, if notht eh world as a whole. While faux-patriots on the Left have suggested that the best way of "spreading the sacrifice around" (read that "undercutting any US military action anywhere in the world"), there has been no serious proposal to that end.
So now we get this piece of garbage from a piece of garbage reporter.
Our troops are mercenaries. They are over-privileged. They don't think like the rest of us (read that "we smarter-than-the-masses liberals") do. And in a fit of paranoia -- the right-wing fascists of the GOP are plotting a military coup using these pampered storm-trooper mercenaries to end our liberties.
Not one more word, Mr. Arkin, about your support for the troops. Not one more word, Washington Post, about your support for the troops. And not one more word, any politician or media outlet who does not condemn the sort of rhetoric used by Arkin, about your support for the troops. Your contempt for the troops is obvious.
Oh, and by the way, Billy-boy -- you lied when you made this statement.
We just don't see very many "baby killer" epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon."
That sir is a lie. We hear it all the time from the anti-war Left -- including members of Congress -- in th form of comparisons to Nazis, statements of moral equivalency between the terrorists and the soldiers, and bullshit like your column. And as far as spitting on the troops, might I direct you to this report?
In Washington, counterprotesters also converged on the mall in smaller numbers, but the antiwar demonstration was largely peaceful.
There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administrationís policies in Iraq.
Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.
This incident took place just a short distance from your comfy office where you work as a mercenary for the Washington Post, undercutting American and the troops.
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