FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

Tuesday

The Taliban Targeted Cheney **UPDATED**

An assassination attempt was made on Vice President Cheney early this morning at a military base in Afghanistan. He escaped unharmed. But, sadly, the suicide bomber killed 14 people and wounded a dozen more.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the Vice President was their target. As soon as this news became public, bloggers around the world began making their posts on the situation.

Question: Now that this news has hit the blogosphere, how long do you think it will be before Leftist bloggers begin expressing their sadness that the suicide bomber failed in his attempt to assassinate Cheney? How long will it be before they again express their desire to see Dick Cheney dead?

Well, it took approximately .00000065 seconds. A poster at DailyKos quickly threw together his post on the assassination attempt? His perspective is that the attack will only cause Cheney to become more paranoid and crazed. Take a look at the first few sentences of his post:





“At least 23 people were killed, but the VP was unharmed.

Damn!

Not damn because they missed the giant Dick, I don't wish him dead (okay maybe I do, but I'm working really hard on being a kinder, more forgiving person.) but because this is just going to fuel his paranoid delusional fantasies that the terrorists are coming to get him.”





Yes, he originally states that he does not wish death upon the Vice President. But, the leftist in him quickly grabs hold, and he expresses his true feelings.

Then, he actually claims that the Vice President is simply paranoid for believing that terrorists are trying to kill him. Go figure.

The writer did suggest, in the comment section, that he was just exaggerating:





“And I really don't wish him dead, but it's increasingly hard to wish him any good too. In this case I plead to a little exagerration for the sake of my writing.”
by ArgusRun on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 05:25:36 AM PST





Well, isn’t that special. Exaggerating. Yes, yes. Assassination attempts on our nation’s leaders are always ripe areas for comedy.

You might also be interested to know that a couple of the commentators on this post suggest that the entire event may have been planned and staged by Cheney. The conspiracies never end.

I’m sure that there will be more of these nuts wishing death upon President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Just wait. It won’t take long.


***************UPDATE***************

I told you so. Within just a couple of hours, the HuffingtonPost, DailyKos, and DemocraticUnderground were filled with sadness that the suicide bomber missed his target.


Michelle Malkin documents their derangement here.



And, there's even more vileness at MetaFilter. Here's a sample (You'll have to excuse some of their language):

Yet more proof that prayer does not work.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:18 AM PST on February 27


He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
posted by chillmost at 1:05 AM PST on February 27


Can we get him near the blast this time, for fuck's sake?
posted by Mikey-San at 1:32 AM PST on February 27


I am sorry for the others, it's a tragic thing. But there's another tragedy, and that's that they missed.
posted by exlotuseater at 1:41 AM PST on February 27


That was close.But not close enough.
posted by armoured-ant at 2:39 AM PST on February 27


I don't understand why the Taliban would do such a thing. Don't they realize it would bring aid and comfort to their ememy?
posted by spock at 5:17 AM PST on February 27

Wednesday

The "No Duh" Study of the Day

Captain Obvious has spoken. Researches with the American Psychological Association have spent a lot of time and money “discovering” what every person on the face of the planet should already know.

“Research evidence shows that the sexualization of girls negatively affects girls and young women across a variety of health domains”


So, dressing up your adolescent daughter (or allowing her to dress herself) like a tramp is a BAD thing. Uhh….No S**t, Sherlock.

Among their findings, they “discovered”:

1. Cognitive and Emotional Consequences: Sexualization and objectification undermine a person's confidence in and comfort with her own body, leading to emotional and self-image problems, such as shame and anxiety.

2. Mental and Physical Health: Research links sexualization with three of the most common mental health problems diagnosed in girls and women--eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression or depressed mood.

3. Sexual Development: Research suggests that the sexualization of girls has negative consequences on girls' ability to develop a healthy sexual self-image.

If you can’t figure these things out on your own, don’t have children. You will be doing the world a favor.

Monday

On the Lot

I have a waited a very long time to write this post. The day has finally come!

About a year and a half ago, a friend of mine, Chris Adams, found out about an amateur film competition hosted by Steven Spielberg. The competition is a television show called “On the Lot.” Basically, it is like American Idol for aspiring Film Directors. Chris has always wanted to be a director, so he decided to give it a shot.

We have done film work together, so he asked me to be a part of his new project. Of course, I was more than happy to do it.

So, we began work on what would soon be known as “BEN CARTER saves his day.” It took about 2 weeks to shoot and 8 months to edit. I know it sounds like a lot. We shot enough film for an hour long film. But, the film submissions can only be 5 minutes long. It took a little while to whittle down. But, it is completed! And, it has been posted on the website for “On the Lot.” It was uploaded to the website in the wrong aspect ratio, so it looks a little "squeezed." But, you can see the movie at the link below:

BEN CARTER saves his day

You can submit comments and/or reviews for our film. I would ask that if you do post a review or comment, please do so as an independent viewer. Try not to mention that you know me. It will just look better in front of the judges.

I would appreciate it if all of you would go see our movie, and leave us some feedback. We have worked very hard on it, and we hope that it leads us somewhere.

Thanks!

Wednesday

Supporting the Troops...Part Deux

Yet another anti-military editorial by an American citizen who hates their own country. But, this time, it wasn’t written by a journalist. It was, in fact, written by an “educator” at a Chicago University.

June Scorza Terpstra is a Social Justice professor at Loyola University. Her putrid, vile, disgusting editorial trumps anything that William Arkin has written. I have reprinted Terpstra's piece below. But, you can see the original editorial here.

I have nothing to add. Just read:

During a heated debate in a class I teach on social justice, several US Marines who had done tours in Iraq told me that they had "sacrificed" by “serving” in Iraq so that I could enjoy the freedom to teach in the USA. Parroting their master’s slogan about “fighting over there so we don’t have to fight over here,” these students proudly proclaimed that they terrorized and killed defenseless Iraqis. They intimated that their Arab victims are nothing more to them than collateral damage, incidental to their receipt of some money and an education.

Sunday, February 11— A room full of students listened as a US Marine told of the invasion of Baghdad and Falluja and how he killed innocent Iraqis at a check point. He called them “collateral damage” and said he had followed the “rules.”

A Muslim-American student in front of him said “I could slap you but then you would kill me.” A young female Muslim student gasped “I am a freshman; I never thought to hear of this in a class. I feel sick, like I will pass out.”

I knew in that moment that this was what the future of teaching about justice would include: teaching war criminals who sit glaring at me with hatred for daring to speak the truth of their atrocities and who, if paid to, would disappear, torture and kill me. I wondered that night how long I really have in this so called “free” country to teach my students and to be with my children and grandchildren.

The American military and mercenary soldiers who “sacrificed” their lives did not do so for the teacher’s freedom to teach the truth about the so-called war on terror, or any of US history for that matter. They sacrificed their lives, limbs and sanity for money, some education and the thrills of the violence for which they are socially bred. Sacrificing for the “bling and booty” in Iraq or Afghanistan, Philippines, Grenada, Central America, Mexico, Somalia, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any of the other numerous wars and invasions spanning US history as an entity and beginning with their foundational practice of killing the Indians and stealing their land.


Many of the classes that I teach now include students who “served” in the US military and security corporations. There are also many students who intend to join the US military upon completion of a degree because with the degree they get a bigger “sign on” bonus of ten to fifty thousand dollars. Their position is supported by many of the student body, who, vegetating according to the American Plan, believe they should “support their troops.”

The excuses that they give for joining or intending to join the US military terrorist training camps are first and foremost motivated by a desire for money.

One student proudly said that he is willing to kill for money, a better standard of living and an education. Another student, who had done two tours of duty to the Empire in Iraq, justified killing and torture, citing the importance of staying on top as the world’s number one super power so that his family could have the highest standard of living and unlimited access to the world’s oil supplies.

Yet another soldier-student said that there would always be wars and someone had to do it. The ”it” is killing, rape, and plunder for profit. Some of the soldier-students agreed that military terrorism was thrilling. Stopping and killing people at checkpoints in order to maintain a comfortable lifestyle in the USA was worth the risk of being killed or maimed. Little did they know that the very education they would kill for could include a course on social justice in which they would be compelled to examine their motives, beliefs and actions in an evil, illegal, immoral and unjust invasion and occupation of a people who never hurt or harmed them or any of their fellow citizens.

To be fair, in this week’s discussion in class there was some mention that some of the student’s intentions had been honorable at the time that they joined the military. They wanted to “help other people”. A few woman students who want to join the military commented that they would be working to “free and defend” people here and abroad. However, for the most part and by their own admission, personal financial gain was their main focus in signing on. Their bottom line was getting the money and their thrills by joining and belonging to the biggest terrorist organization in the world, the USA.

What appears to trouble the soldier student is that the rhetoric of fighting for freedom and democracy is a lie that cannot blanket the horror and guilt of their terrorism. They do not want to hear that participation in invasion and occupation, murder and pillaging, is logically inconsistent with any legitimate concept of freedom or liberation. They know the greed and programmed lust for violence that motivates them. They expect that if they can make it out alive, they get some money, a comfortable lifestyle and an education.

Their plan is to secure the oil, the diamonds, the gold, the water, the guns, the drugs, and the bling for their masters, who they hope will cut them in on the swag. They say that someone has to be on top and they want to be on the side of the strong, not the weak. Robbing Hoods, not Robin Hoods.

And now, here they sit in my course on social justice, terrorist war criminals, wanting high paying “criminal justice” jobs in a university Justice Studies program. They want approval, appreciation and honors for terrorism, torture, and murder. They want a university degree so they can get an even higher salary terrorizing more people around the world with security companies such as Blackwater or Halliburton. They want that appropriately named “sheepskin” so they can join the CIA, FBI, and other police and track down and terrorize US residents here.

These military and mercenary terrorist-students are trained in terrorist training camps all under the USA, funded by American taxpayers. In fact, people under the USA are “sacrificing” their health care and their children’s educations while donating their tax dollars to these terrorist training camps. These terrorist camps train money hungry working class stiffs to murder, steal and plunder for the power hungry US corporate war lords.

There is a saying that “if you do the crime, you do the time”. My response is that “If you do the war crimes, you will do time in hell, whetherthe hell of war trauma and shock, of diseases such as those caused by depleted uranium, the old-fashioned traditional hell, fire and brimstone assigned to malefactors…or the hell of sitting in a social justice class and discovering what the hell you are in hell for, or are about to be.

Tuesday

Our Great Economy

I’ll keep this short. I know that blogs about Government revenues can be boring. But, you need to read this, because you’re highly unlikely to hear good economic news out of the mainstream media.

The economy is in great shape. Government tax revenues are up and the deficit is down…way down.

Wait, I thought that the “tax cuts for the rich” were going to destroy our country. Bush was just giving money to his Corporate buddies while the rest of America starves. We can’t “afford” tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent!

This is the line that you hear from anyone who misunderstands the basic concepts of our economic system. Mind you, most politicians who utter that statement understand our economic system, and they know that statement is a complete lie. But, they also know that class-warfare is a great way to buy votes from ignorant people.

It has been empirically proven time and time again that when you stimulate economic performance by allowing citizens to keep more of the money that they have earned, tax revenues go up. When their money is not being redistributed through a socialist tax and spend system, they can invest their money into the economy. It ain’t rocket science.

Just look at the current economic figures:

(Image source: BizzyBlog)

Tax revenues for the last fiscal year have gone up 9.7%! The deficit that is so crushing…went down 57%!

57%! In case you suck at math, it was cut by more than half.

Let’s wait to see if this great news is broadcast on the major news networks. I doubt it.

Monday

The Less Fortunate

"They say this country is so rich, but why are so many people living paycheck to paycheck, just one week from being in the street?"


These are the words of Brenda Kelly, a resident of Charleston, North Carolina. I have an answer for Brenda.


“Because a lot of them are idiots, just like you.”

Brenda’s life story was documented in Sunday’s edition of the Charleston newspaper. You can read the full article here. But, let me explain her situation.

- Brenda is 38 years old. She has SIX kids fathered by three different men. Her oldest child is 18. Do the math. She was just barely out of High School when she had her first.

- She currently works for $6.00/hr. at a discount clothing store. Oh, she used to earn $35,000 to $40,000/yr. when she worked as a gas station manager. But she quit that job when she got pregnant with her 5th child.

- She leaves for work at 2:30pm. Her children are at school the entire morning, so she has time during the day for a second job. But, despite this, she still works at one job for $6.00/hr.

- She must pay child support for her two oldest children. She lost custody of them when she took them out of Virginia illegally.

- She has not sought court-ordered child support from the father of her two youngest children.

- She maintains her 4-years residence in a crime-plagued, economically depressed area of Charleston where 98 percent of children live in poverty.

- She owns 4 dogs, two mixed-breed dogs and two bull mastiffs. Yes, she pays to feed and care for these dogs.

- She once worked 12- to 13-hour days at a local convenience store, where she earned more money than she does now. But, she quit after 18 months so she could spend more time with her kids.

- She used her rent money to buy Christmas presents.

- She once considered applying for a subsidized housing program. But, she doesn't want to fill out more paperwork.


This is the woman that wonders “Why are so many people living paycheck to paycheck, just one week from being in the street?"

It is because, in general, they make awful, awful life decisions. Take any one of Brenda’s life choices, for instance.

1. 6 kids? You know that you can’t afford to care for 6 children properly. Why do keep acting like a baby factory?

2. 3 different fathers? I can understand that you do a very pathetic job of choosing who to date. In and of itself, this is not a detrimental character flaw. But, to allow yourself to get knocked-up by these guys? That is a detrimental choice. That is a choice that you cannot put behind you.

3. Quitting a salary job where you made enough money to provide for yourself and your children because you got knocked up again? Refer back to number 1.

4. Leaving for work at 2:30 when you have all morning to work? Get a second job! Millions of people have done it. You can too. When you are earning enough money to provide for your children and pay your bills, you can cut back to only one job.

5. Taking your children out of the state illegally? I’m sure that there is more to that story. But, the fact remains that she made the choice to do that. She lost custody of the children. Now she has to pay for that decision.

6. Not going after your deadbeat ex-boyfriend for child support? The court has ruled in your favor! What’s the matter? Too much paperwork to fill out? Is it just too much effort?

7. Living in a poverty and crime-ridden area? Why not get a bus ticket and move? If there is an area that is economically suffering, you don’t stay in that area and hope that things turn around. You find an area that is thriving, and you get in on the action.

8. 4 dogs? Seriously, give them up for adoption. I know that it’s tough. I am a pet person too. I love animals. But, if you really loved your dogs, you would give them to someone who can better care for them. You simply can’t afford them.

9. Quit a better paying job to spend more time with her kids? First of all, I’m calling B.S. She quit because she didn’t want to work that hard. But, even if her excuse were true, it does you no good to spend more time with them if you can’t afford to take care of them!

10. Spending rent money on Christmas presents? It’s touching. Stupid…but touching. Honestly, even around the holidays, you must maintain a sense of reality. If you can’t afford the gifts, don’t buy them. Your gift to them could be a decent roof over their heads.

11. Not applying for housing help because it’s too much paperwork? This sums up the loser that you are. If the work is just too hard, quit. Or, don’t ever start. If filling out paperwork to provide for your family is too much to ask, you are a lost cause.

"I love my children and I wish our situation was better, but I don't see that happeningIt's a vicious cycle I can't seem to get out of. One thing after another keeps me held back."


You’re right. It is a vicious cycle. You have had multiple opportunities to break out of your situation. And, at every turn, you squander it. You make yet another poor life-altering decision. YOU are the only one that "keeps you held back.” It is your pitiful decision-making that has put you in this situation.

I’m a jerk. I know. But, here is the model of what most call “The Less Fortunate.” Examine. Make your own decision.

Friday

The Religion of Global Warming

Ok. This is getting ridiculous. The theory of man-made Global Warming is no longer a theory. It’s not even a issue of policy. It goes even beyond a political issue. It is a RELIGION. It has all of the characteristics.

Its theology consists of the belief that man is destroying the planet through his CO2 emissions. The god of Global warming is Mother Earth. The devil takes the form of mankind. Their bible is “An Inconvenient Truth.” The way to salvation is by reducing man-made CO2 emissions. In effect, Mother Earth will be resurrected if man will turn from his evil ways. Make no mistake. To those that buy in to the idea of man-made Global Warming, this is truly a religious calling.

They, and their cohorts in the media, have even gone so far as to say that the debate on man-made global warming is closed. No further discussion must be allowed. We must act now to save the planet and stop talking. To continue talking and disregard action, is to sentence us all to death.

Now, CBS has gone one step further. They have solidified the idea that the belief in Anthropogenic Global Warming is a religion. There is no doubt, now. The Church of Global Warming is in session.

CBS has labeled Al Gore their “Prophet.” I…kid…you…not.

This morning on the “Early Show,” host Harry Smith was questioning Al Gore and Richard Branson, the Chairman of Virgin Group about their fight against Global Warming. The following exchange took place:


Harry Smith: "You have only known each other about a year or so as I understand it. Is Al Gore a prophet?"

Richard Branson: "How do you spell prophet? They -- I think that Al Gore has been -- has almost single-handedly brought global warming to the forefront of the world. You know, outside America, he is perceived as a prophet spelled in the right way, and, you know, inside America I think a lot of people who have read well and know that, you know, know that he's right and that something's got to be done."

Harry Smith: "Is this the right way to get your message across though? Because the question was asked in the press conference today, would you not be better off trying to affect this change from the White House as opposed to doing it in a sort of 'Johnny Appleseed' way, the way you're doing it now."


Keep in mind, this is the mainstream media's idea of "OBJECTIVE REPORTING."

This is really getting out-of-hand. These nuts have tried to catapult themselves to Biblical status. The next logical step is to full-blown deity. Mark my words. It won’t be long before Gore proclaims himself a god.

Tuesday

Hillary Clinton

This woman is a real piece of work. Her entire life has been building toward this moment. Even while her husband served as President, she proclaimed, “WE are the President.” Her main focus is the power of the Presidency. It always has been. 2008 could be the culmination of that desire. She stands a chance of winning.

Why? Because the American voters, in general, are idiots. Hillary Clinton is a very dangerous individual. She has a complete disdain for the military (as does her husband). Her professors at Yale consider her to be a profound socialist. And, it’s easy to see why:


"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what's best for society."
-Hillary Clinton (1993)


She believes that it is the role of Government to redistribute wealth “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

Recently, at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary delivered a speech about her views on the war, the economy, and her upcoming run for the Presidency. In this speech she made the following statement:


“The other day the oil companies reported the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to TAKE those profits and I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to find alternative smart energy, alternatives and technologies that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of independence!”


To most American voters, this sounds like a great plan. Those evil, rich oil companies have it coming. Hillary is going to stand up for the little guy by taking the profits from those corporate devils and giving it to us!

But, as I said, the American voters, in general, are idiots. They see no problem with the Imperial Federal Government deciding exactly how much money a company is ALLOWED to make. If the Government decides that someone has made too much money, they will take it away from them. They will steal it.

This is the epitome of a socialist society…a fascist government seizing the property of private citizens and business, regulating their profits, and redistributing it to others. It is Marxist socialism, plan and simple.

The problem with socialism, besides the fact that it is immoral, is that it has never worked. Societies crumble under the control of a Socialist government. It is at odds with humanity. Yet, Hillary Clinton subscribes to this Governmental philosophy.

Is this the person you want as President?

But, let’s look at some other problems with this statement. Hillary is complaining that oil companies make too much in profit from the sale of fuel. This is a favorite class-warfare weapon of the left. They have made it a staple to demagogue oil companies.

But, look at the argument. If you take a price of $3.00 per gallon of gasoline, how much of that do you suppose is profit for the oil company? The answer is around $0.10 per gallon.

That’s right. When you are paying $2.00 for a gallon of gas, only 10 cents of that is oil company profit. Where does the rest go? Most of it (roughly 56%) goes to the purchase of crude oil. But a large chunk of it goes to…

You guessed it – The United States Government. Depending on which state you live in, up to 50 cents goes to the State, while 18.4 cents goes to the Federal Government.

So, while the oil companies get 10 cents per gallon profit, the Government gets almost 70 cents per gallon profit. Who’s really making “the highest profits in the history of the world?”

To Hillary Clinton, 10 cents per gallon is too much for the oil company, and 70 cents per gallon isn’t nearly enough for the Government. So, she wants to steal more. Got that?

It’s a ridiculous argument when you look at the facts. But, Hillary knows that the facts don’t concern the American voters. The only thing that concerns them is a Government that will punish the evil oil companies and take care of their every need (i.e. Healthcare, Health Insurance, Retirement Fund, Pay Rate, etc.). Freedom be damned. They want the Government to control it all.

Socialists like Hillary love voters like that.





By the way, in this same speech before the Democratic National Committee, Hillary stated:


“If I had been president in October of 2002, I would not have started this war.”

Never mind the fact that in 2002, she voted for the war. Facts like that get in the way of Hillary’s campaign.

Monday

Iran ready to unveil

Mahmood Ahmedinajad, the anti-semitic Iranian dictator with delusions of grandeur, has said that Iran will unveil its nuclear program on February 11. What type of unveiling will this be? Will they announce their production of nuclear power for peaceful energy-based purposes? Or, will they reveal their true desire, an Iranian nuclear weapons program?

At this point, who can say? We'll have to wait. But you can take this announcement for what its worth. In the same speech that Ahmadinejad made this "nuclear announcement," he also stated that Iran had discovered the cure for AIDS. According to Iran's Minister of Health, Kamran Bagheri Lankarani:

"The drug named 'IMOD' is completely effective and safe with no proven side effects."


Uh, huh. If anyone out there actually believes this AIDS cure crap...I have some wonderful sub-terranian oceanic property that I am renting out. Call me.

Like I said, take Iran's "announcement" for what its worth. But, the truth is they are developing a nuclear weapon program. Have they already? Are they in the final stages? We will have to wait and see. But, one thing is certain. If they are allowed to possess nuclear weapons, the consequences will be disastrous.

Keep in mind, this is the same Mahmood Ahmedinajad that has said:

"Can a world without the United States and Zionism be achieved? I say that this goal is achievable."


"Open your eyes and see the fate of Pharaoh. If you do not abandon the path of falsehood, your doomed destiny will be annihilation."


"The anger of Muslims may reach an explosion point soon. If such a day comes, America and the West should know that the waves of the blast will not remain within the boundaries of our region."


"We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical borders, ethnic groups and nations...We don't shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world."

"Thanks to the blood of the martyrs, a new Islamic revolution has arisen and the
Islamic revolution of 1384 will, if God wills, cut off the roots of injustice in
the world."


"The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world."


"Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury."

"Iran is ready to transfer nuclear know-how to the Islamic countries due to their need."


"There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world, ...The World without Zionism."


"Israel must be wiped off the map."


"The fighting in Palestine is a war between the (whole) Islamic nation and the world of arrogance, ... Today, Palestinians are representing the Islamic nation against arrogance."


"Remove Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations."


"Israel is a tyrannical regime that will one day will be destroyed."


"If you would like to have good relations with the Iranian nation in the future, bow down before the greatness of the Iranian nation and surrender. If you don't accept to do this, the Iranian nation will force you to surrender and bow down."



Make up your own mind.

Thursday

Supporting the Troops

The troops in Iraq are mercenaries. They are simply hired guns. They don’t have a true desire to protect their country. They don’t have a true desire to fight for justice. They fight for personal financial gain. They are rapists and murderers who are lucky that the American public still supports them. They are well-paid. They have their every need taken care of. They even have obscene amenities provided to them. They are lucky that we don’t spit on them the minute that we see them.

This is the message that the Washington Post wants to communicate to the American Public. William Arkin has written a disgusting, vile, anti-military editorial. And the Washington Post was compelled to print it. It is entitled “The Troops Also Need to Support the American People.” He is writing in response to NBC interviews of American soldiers responding to American citizens who disapprove of the war.

According to Arkin, these “mercenaries” should know that it is not their place to question the American Public. These rapists and murderers are lucky that we still support them, and don’t spit on them every chance we get.

Read it in its entirety. But, here is the bulk of it:

I've been mulling over an NBC Nightly News report from Iraq last Friday in which a number of soldiers expressed frustration with opposition to war in the United States.

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 many "baby killer" epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon.

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?

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.

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.

I'll accept that the soldiers, in order to soldier on, have to believe that they are manning the parapet, and that's where their frustrations come in. I'll accept as well that they are young and naïve and are frustrated with their own lack of progress and the never changing situation in Iraq. Cut off from society and constantly told that everyone supports them, no wonder the debate back home confuses them.

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


We support the troops! We support the troops! We spit on them at our “peace” rallies, yank their funding while there are still on the battlefield, call them uneducated underachievers, and label them “mercenaries.” But, we still support the troops! And, don’t you dare question that.

This is the message of the left.

Mr. Arkin, you ask what it is we really owe those in uniform. Those in uniform are sacrificing their very lives to protect your freedom to spew this retched, hate-filled, repulsive crap. They lay down their lives to protect your right to be a total jackass.

I'd say that you owe them a hell of a lot.