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Supporting the Troops...Daily Kos Style

Not only does this recent Daily Kos diary post outline a new leftist conspiracy theory, but it also illustrates Daily Kos’s unwavering support (i.e. complete contempt) for our men and women in uniform. Just take a gander at the title of this entry:

Martial Law Threat is Real: Good Thing the Military is Breaking Down

Read the full entry if you feel so inclined. But, the writer is basically suggesting that President Bush has every intention of declaring Martial Law here at home. The author, Dave Lindorff, writes:

“From the looks of things, the Bush/Cheney regime has been working assiduously to pave the way for a declaration of military rule, such that at this point it really lacks only the pretext to trigger a suspension of Constitutional government. They have done this with the active support of Democrats in Congress, though most of the heavy lifting was done by the last, Republican-led Congress…

As we go about our daily lives--our shopping, our escapist movie watching, and even our protesting and political organizing—we need to be aware that there is a real risk that it could all blow up, and that we could find ourselves facing armed, uniformed troops at our doors.

That certainly is a frightening assertion! Naturally, the author backs-up his position with talking points about the Patriot Act, illegal spying programs, and government-sanctioned torture. You know…the usual leftist mantra.

(I, myself, have reservations about the aforementioned “scandals.” But, I have neither the time nor the inclination to debate those issues right now. Perhaps in another blog.)

So, the author lays out his theory for the impending military takeover of our country. However, he simultaneously takes comfort in the fact that our military is, in his words, “broken.”

“If we are headed for martial law, better that it be with a broken military. Maybe if it’s broken badly enough, the administration will be afraid to test the idea.”


Not only does the author refer to our military as broken, but he also calls their heroism into question. Near the conclusion of his entry, he writes:

“If ordered to turn their guns and bayonets on their fellow Americans, would our "heroes" in uniform follow their consciences, and their oaths to "uphold and defend" the Constitution of the United States? Or would they follow the orders of their Commander in Chief?”

Do you see the snide little quotation marks around the word “heroes?” Quotation marks in this context are used by writers to indicate that the term they are using is either used loosely or in complete sarcasm. I know. I use this technique as well.

The writer also makes a very questionable claim. While he was in the process of slandering our “broken military,” Lindorff writes:

It has to be a plus that National Guard and Reserve units are on their third and sometimes fourth deployments to Iraq, and are fuming at the abuse. It has to be a plus that active duty troops are refusing to re-enlist in droves—especially mid-level officers.

I’m not entirely sure where he got his information from. He certainly didn’t get it from the Department of Defense, which reported in June of this year:

Active duty recruiting. Three of the four services met or exceeded recruiting goals for June. The Army recruited 7,031 soldiers, which is 84 percent of its goal of 8,400. The Navy finished with 3,999 recruits for 102 percent. Their goal was 3,924. The Marine Corps recruited 4,113 new Marines reaching 110 percent of its goal of 3,742, and the Air Force met its goal of
2,233 recruits.

Active duty retention. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force met or exceeded overall retention missions.

Reserve forces recruiting. Five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in June. The Army National Guard recruited 5,342 soldiers surpassing its goal of 5,338. The Army Reserve and Navy Reserve finished at 108 percent with 5,255 and 1,013 recruits, respectively. The Marine Corps Reserve recruited 1,078 Marines surpassing its goal of 986 at 109 percent. The Air National Guard was the only reserve component to miss its goal finishing at 75 percent with 779 of its goal of 1,036. The Air Force Reserve met its goal of 597 recruits.

Reserve forces retention. For June, Army National Guard retention was 107 percent of the cumulative goal of 26,405, and Air National Guard retention was 98 percent of its cumulative goal of 8,430. Both the Army and Air Guard are currently at 101 and 99 percent of their end strength, respectively. Losses in all reserve components for May are well within acceptable limits. Indications are that trend will continue into June.

But, that’s par for the course at Daily Kos. Conspiracy theories. Slanders against the troops. Falsified statistics. You know…the usual.

Interestingly enough, Daily Kos is the website that NPR’s Juan Williams recently referred to as politically centrist.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards have also been known to pander to Daily Kos and its base. Will anyone call them on it?

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