We are a nation at war in a foreign land with troops under fire in an offensive that has just begun, yet the Senate Democrats spent what Democratic senator Joe Lieberman called “The eve of battle” debating whether to pass a symbolic resolution expressing no confidence that we will win. The troops are not happy about that – they do not view it as “support”, and they shouldn’t because it isn’t.
Neither does Senator John McCain. In this short video he expresses his opinion on the “we support the troops but not the mission” meme with eloquence and a hint of anger.
McCain: “Isn’t it true – when you say you support the troops, that you disapprove of what they’re doing and you don’t think their mission is gonna succeed – isn’t it true that maybe SOME of the troops may not view that as an expression of support?…most of them say ‘If you don’t support my mission then you don’t support ME….when I look one of these soldiers or marines in the eye and say ‘I really support you my friend and I know you’re going into harm’s way and I don’t think you’re gonna succeed and I’m against your mission but I support you.’ they don’t BUY it!
Yes, they don’t buy it and that is a problem for the Dems – particularly the far left antiwar fringe. Liberals made much political hay during the Vietnam War by trooping out disgruntled vets like John Kerry to peace carnivals and encouraging them to fling their medals at the leering clown in the White House cage, hoping to hit the target that would send him and the war tumbling into the cold, wet bucket of defeat. They succeeded.
Disgruntled soldiers are in no short supply this time around, except they are not disgruntled at those who sent them to war, so much as those who want them to lose it. They sense – rightly – that the claims of support from the antiwar crowd are disingenuous and patronizing at best.
Case in point: NBC News military analyst William Arkin published two columns in the Washington Post last week excoriating the troops for opposing those who oppose their mission.
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 sure the soldiers were expressing a majority opinion common amongst the ranks – that’s why it is news – and I’m also sure no one in the military leadership or the administration put the soldiers up to expressing their views, nor steered NBC reporter Richard Engel to the story.
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 men and women are not fighting for money with little regard for the nation. The situation might be much worse than that: Evidently, far too many in uniform believe that they are the one true nation. They hide behind the constitution and the flag and then spew an anti-Democrat, anti-liberal, anti-journalism, anti-dissent, and anti-citizen message that reflects a certain contempt for the American people.
This is a classic case of “projection”: an NBC News military analyst who calls American soldiers in a theater of war “Mercenaries” and scolds them for disagreeing with him. He says THEY are arrogant and intolerant and even hopes their commanders take them aside and tell them to shut up. THEY are being contemptuous? Look to the mote in thine own eye, Mr. Arkin.
This Marcusian contempt for free speech is not new to the Left, particularly the far Left. They have long argued in favor of dissent for themselves while working to squash dissent for anybody else. The sixties cry of “No free speech for Fascists” (“Fascists” being, of course anybody who disagrees with their politics) translated into policy in any venue where Liberals were given a measure of control. Conservatives (or even Moderates) know to keep their opinions to themselves in Academia, Hollywood, etc.
It’s very odd – in the past, soldiers caught flack for expressing support of critics of their mission publicly. Now they catch hell for from Liberals for criticizing the critics of their mission. It’s bad enough that our sons and daughters at war have to duck bullets and shrapnel from the enemy in Iraq, do they also have to duck sneers and smears from the media at home?
Shame. Shame on you all. Have you no decency?