by John Hawkins | May 20, 2005 5:43 am
When there’s an election coming up, you hear a lot of talk about how liberals “support the troops” and in some cases, it’s true. There are certainly liberals out there who respect the bravery, sacrifice, and risks our troops take to keep this country protected from its enemies.
However, the ugly truth is that there are a lot of liberals in this country, perhaps a majority of them, who don’t support the troops, who — as one poster on the Democratic Underground put it — look at the our troops as “Cannon fodder and killers doing what they’re told to do”.
Of course, since most Americans have a very high opinion of our soldiers, liberals would face enormous political ramifications if they were honest about what they thought. So instead, we get surreptitious assaults on our military.
For example, part of the reason Abu Ghraib has gotten so much attention & the press keeps churning out 2 and a 1/2 year old stories about soldiers working over prisoners is because liberals can use it to smear the troops. “See? That’s what they’re all like behind closed doors! Sadistic savages.”
Here are some other examples that have come to light over the last couple of days that might not seem to be connected, but they’re all products of the same liberal mentality when it comes to the military:
Yesterday was the first day military recruiters have been on campus since the Garfield High School PTSA passed a resolution seeking to oust them from public-school campuses. The resolution, first of its kind in the state, passed May 9.
“Given the seriousness of what they are requesting people to participate in, we’d just prefer they not be on school grounds, which are supposed to be protected space for students,” said Hagopian.
…Other anti-recruiting movements are also picking up steam.
In recent months, college students in California and New York have forced recruiters off campus, and in Boston, activists dumped 5 gallons of fake blood on the doorstep of a recruiting center.
In the Puget Sound area, a group of students and parents stopped a Blackhawk helicopter from landing on fields at Bainbridge Island High School in April. The students said the helicopter, used for Army National Guard recruiting tours, was war propaganda.
Earlier this month, a student at Foss High School in Tacoma sent e-mails to thousands of activists across the country, urging them to call school officials after plans for an anti-recruitment “teach-in” hit administrative roadblocks.
Some students at Garfield are planning a walkout Monday and a march on Army recruiting headquarters down the street.
Oh yeah, the liberals harassing military recruiters really “support the troops.” So much so that they don’t believe the military should even be able to recruit on their campuses. Here’s more:
NBC’s “Today” show aired unsubstantiated claims on Tuesday that U.S. troops had desecrated the Quran on at least two occasions, in a report that echoed a now retracted Newsweek story that has inflamed the Muslim world and led to deadly riots.
…The NBC newsman then sourced an allegation by a female terrorist suspect who had been detained at Abu Ghraib, who aired her claim in an Iraqi newspaper.
“[She said] she was raped every night by six American soldiers,” Engel reported, before adding that U.S. officials deny the claim.
Here’s a question: you think the “Today” show would air unsubstantiated allegations that the ACLU desecrated the Bible at board meetings? If someone with the same level of credibility as a “female terrorist suspect,” like let’s say an escaped mental patient, claimed that she was gang raped at DNC headquarters, you think the “Today” show would report that? Not a chance in hell. But any old charge aimed at the military, no matter what it is, just gets tossed out there. Here’s another story:
The president of a group representing reporters worldwide is accusing U.S. soldiers of committing atrocities without offering any evidence to back the charge up.
Appearing in St. Louis on Friday, Newspaper Guild President Linda Foley complained:
“What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there’s not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq.”
In case anyone missed the point, Foley restated her allegation:
“They target and kill journalists … uh, from other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al -, like Arab news services like Al-Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity. …”
To believe that the troops are deliberately murdering journalists, you must have a very low opinion of them and apparently this belief is quite widespread in the media because we keep hearing it again & again. Does anyone believe that the military is going to be treated fairly by journalists who think the military has marked them for death?
Sure, there are always going a few bad apples in the bunch. But, the work our troops are doing in Iraq and across the world is valiant, honorable, and should be praised, not constantly derided and treated with suspicion.
Unfortunately, when we get to the point where ridiculous & unsubstantiated allegations against our military are constantly being hurled about and military recruiters aren’t even welcome in American high schools, then liberal hostility to the military has gone too far and it’s time for more people to call it what it is and speak up for the troops.
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