“Early Warning” Just Another Leftist Screech

METAPHOR referenced this in The Bleat yesterday.  William Arkin, Washington Post writer on National and Homeland Security writes his opinion on how inappropriate the opinions of our American soldiers in Iraq are when these men and women in uniform express an unfavorable opinion of those Americans who do not support the war.

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.

The soldiers did not pick the war, they were ordered to prosecute it. They were not asked their opinions, they were ordered to fight, and it is their honor and duty to carry out those orders.  Perhaps the concepts of duty and honor are foreign to Mr. Arkin? 

The soldiers should be grateful?  For what?  What support have you given the troops, Mr. Arkin?  What respect have you shown them?  On the one hand you suggest they are entitled to have an opinion, but on the other hand you suggest that they should keep their opinions to themselves?  Mr. Fu suggests that you should practice what you preach.

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?

They did not say you did not have the right to express your opinion.  They just said they were confused by the contradictions inherent in your opinion.  Mr. Fu does not say you do not have a right to express your opinion.  Mr. Fu just notes that your opinion is contradictory and therefore stupid. 

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.

<Waving arms at his side> Bah!  The survival of the United States is not at stake.  Here is the realistic scenario:  The Left takes power and puts the government into appeasement mode.  Then the terrorists start to hit targets in the United States again.  After enough Leftists have been killed* the rest of the Left will have a 9/12 moment and scream that something must be done.  The Right with their representives in the military will come to the rescue again.  And after the terrorists are once again put on the run, the Left will quickly revert to 9/10 mode. 

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.

The notion of dirty work is that, like laundry, it is something that has to be done but no one else wants to do it. But Iraq is not dirty work: it is not some necessary endeavor; the people just don’t believe that anymore. 

The belief of the people was expressed in the Congressional vote to take out Saddam Hussein.  The people can continue to express their opinion through their elected respresentatives.  And the true opinion of the people can be noted in the fact that the House of Representatives has not de-funded the war or passed a resolution to stop it.  That is the way the system works.  Perhaps those like Mr. Arkin would prefer a more streamlined system, but most of America is not yet ready to accept a Soviet style government.  Call them kooky about such things.

And mercenary?   Mr. Fu questions how aware Mr. Arkin is with military pay scales by referencing the previous quote “we pay the soldiers a decent wage” (Mr. Arkin may support the minimum wage increase as well, bringing into question his grasp of economics).   Mercenaries would not work so cheaply, even Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner demands his fair wage.  Mr. Fu wonders if Mr. Arkin does not know the cost of fighting because Mr. Arkin is a yellow bellied boot licking coward – oops, possibly a soft coward – (Mr. Fu’s fingers slipped and he apparently has no way of deleting text once it has been typed)  who never fought for anything substantial in his life.  Mr. Fu wonders this about a great many individuals on the Left.

America needs to ponder what it is we really owe those in uniform.

It is obvious what the people owe those in uniform: oil.   This war is all about blood for oil, right?  And since those in uniform have been shedding their blood in this war then they should receive oil in payment.  Is Mr. Arkin even paying attention to what his people are saying?

The key to Mr. Arkin’s opinion his his view that Americans in uniform are mercenaries.  Mercenaries get paid to fight and die, and they can just keep their mouths shut and perish their opinions of the people who pay them.  Apparently Mr. Arkin thinks our troops work personally for him and he does not care to hear the opinions of “his” minions.

Of course, Mr. Fu should not bother to write about this.  The comments on the article alone are sufficient reply.  Especially the comment by So Called Mercenary:

You are just as bad as the people out there who do spit on Veterans. Mocking us? Calling us Mercenaries? There is nothing I can say that will make you feel remorse, or even a sense of wrong doings from your words. I can at least go to sleep tonight knowing that you sir, while being a low life scum bag, will always have the freedom to denigrate your betters, because I and millions of others have been willing to protect your safety.

“The freedom to denigrate your betters,” is well put.  Other comments are just polite and amusing, like Ross McDowell:

Mr. Arkin,

I would like to extend an invitation to you for Sunday lunch at my home in rural North Carolina. We shall feast and you will enjoy our Southern hospitality.

However, please note that as soon as the eatin’s done, I gonna stomp your sorry ass into a greasy spot. So consider that before accepting the invite.

Practically everything you said in this article is offensive to any real American.

 Or AFSarge:

I don’t blame you for being priggish, insolent, inept, and ignorant of the daily sacrifices we perform to make sure you can sound like the south end of a northbound horse. I signed up to serve my country, all of it, not just those who truly appreciate the fact that I serve.

Amen, brother. 

* Note: Why Leftists getting killed and not regular Americans?  The terrorists will not strike much in the Red States.  They may score a hit or two in the beginning, but only until the deer rifles come out and the people start policing like Red Staters do when the feces is flung into the air mobility device.  Once that happens the terrorist cowards will target the nice soft Blue Staters where they will face unarmed sheep instead of regular Americans.  Mr. Arkin is far closer to a terrorist target (asssuming he lives around the District of Columbia) than is Mr. Fu and his highly armed and trained friends in Alabama.

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