At Least He's Not Actually Spitting on Our Soldiers

| January 31, 2007 | 1 Reply

William Arkin, national security reporter and house blogger for the Washington Post, wants us all to know that he’s really sick and tired of our soldiers expressing their opinions and thinks its high time we stopped “indulging” them.

No, really. I’m not kidding here. The quote excerpt is from Hot Air. I’m not giving this ignorant wretch the courtesy of a link. If you want to read the rest of his bilious prose, have at it. I’m pretty much sick of the left and its barely-disguised hatred for a significant chunk of America including the First Amendment.

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, 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.

I really don’t have much to say that Ace and Steven Spruiell didn’t already say very well.

I’m actually kind of glad that Arkin said what he did. For far too long, the leftists here have wrapped themselves up in the amazingly incoherent “I support the troops, but not the mission” slogan. They have used it over and over and every time they squawk it, they get a pass. Arkin’s post, though, is refreshingly clear of everything but unhinged contempt for our troops and for our First Amendment. It is a look into the soul of an ideology that can barely hold back desires that would make it the envy of Fascist Italy or the Soviet Union in its totalitarian heyday. It’s good when, once in a while, the left gives us some of its true undiluted crazy.

UPDATE: Please read this post from John at Op-For. It really does bore down to the core of the matter better than anything I’ve read in four years. Here’s an excerpt:

I can’t fight this type of ignorance. I just can’t. As much as I’d like to, I can’t grab Arkin by the ear, and show him one of our squadron chefs, a young airman who works on her masters when she’s not cooking meals for our crews. I can’t take him to my friend Ryan’s grave, a college graduate killed by an IED in Baghdad, who opted to honor his obligations as an enlisted man instead of pursuing a more lucrative line of work. Or introduce him to the security forces airman who walks long patrols through the winter snow, reciting the epics of Homer to himself so that he’ll be prepared for his Classics exam. These people aren’t the exception, they are the standard.

If there is a war that’s unwinnable, it’s the war on this type of horrid ignorance. The type of uniformed, intellectually lazy thinking that can only exist in the sheltered bubble of cocktail parties and classrooms. Arkin is a gazer. A man forever condemned to peering out the window into the real world, watching the exertions of men better than himself. And yet he fancies himself the educated one. Any logical human being would trade career in journalism for the expertise gained by serving a mere one month in the box, yet this slime fancies his opinion so informed, so expert, so utterly irrefutable that even the very soldiers who are fighting this war are shamefully ignorant for daring to challenge his infallibility.

I have worked for police departments for 17 years now. In that time I’ve come to know a lot of soldiers – police departments seem to fill with men and women who have served in our military. It’s a natural fit for a lot of reasons. I’ve never met one who acted like a mercenary nor who thought of themselves as one. I’ve never met one who prided themselves on having killed another human being. I’ve never met one who ever resented being the strong fist of the American people no matter where they served. They accepted it – no, more than that – they loved it. They loved knowing that they were representatives of the strongest and most free nation the world has ever known. They loved knowing that their service and their sacreifice not only helped to protect all of us here but also projected the nobility, strength, and generous heart of our nation.

Even when they served in places they did not particularly like – Vietnam, Kosovo, Haiti, Somalia – they understood that they were doing important work that could not be done as well by anyone else. Sometimes they served while not even fully understanding why they were there. But they trusted that we here at home would keep their civilian leaders on their toes to make sure that their mission involved clear and unequivocal victory. They trusted us to support them only with our utmost respect and strong resolve while they supported us with their flesh and blood. They trusted us to be the unmoving foundation upon which they build everything they did.

Sometimes we failed them. When they went to Vietnam, we let our neighbors and friends and family call them baby killers. We let a young man lie and accuse them of war crimes before Congress and later let that young man, who we elected a US Senator, run for the highest office in our land. When they went to Somalia, we let a defeat in one battle demoralize us so much that we ran from a ragtag collection of warlords and terrorists and, in so doing, inspired a man who would later orchestrate the deaths of 3000 of us on September 11, 2001. We have failed them in Kosovo, where our troops still serve a UN mission without direction, without leadership, and without any idea what will bring them home.

We should not fail them again. Our soldiers ask very little from us compared to what they are willing to give (and in too many cases, have already given). William Arkin and his ilk need to be reminded of that, in the strongest terms our civilized nation provides.

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