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Not victims

April 11, 2006

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To the editor:

Where are your front page stories of the "Sergeant Yorks" and "Audie Murphys" of this war? Where are the words of family members proudly voicing support for their soldiers' defense of our country?

Instead of heroes, the April 3 paper gave us another in a long series of front page Oprah-tragedies about soldiers and their families victimized by the war. It was all so sad, so tragic, that someone was making them leave their families.

Then, the next day, here comes columnist Trudy Rubin's self-serving paean to courageous journalists, i.e. "The daily dangers facing U.S. and Iraqi journalists : "

American soldiers and their families are not victims. They are a proud, all-volunteer force. Recruiting goals have been met and exceeded for many months. No soldier from the reserve components involuntarily deploys to the war a second time. They know what they are doing, and they do it incredibly well.

They courageously labor to preserve and protect our liberties from the cowardly, wicked Islamo-fascists who would destroy our civilization. These soldiers are our protectors. They are not victims. Please reconsider your priorities and give them honor and praise rather than "victimhood."

David Upchurch,

Lawrence

Comments

DuQuesne 8 years, 8 months ago

Seems to me, the volunteering that was done was to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic... " And, "...obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice." The UCMJ has a provision for unlawful orders, from whatever echelon of command.

I don't see anything in the oath about participating in whatever dumb-@$$ scheme is dreamed up by the traitor currently in the White House and his buddies. Then again, maybe it's just me.

-Schuyler DuQuesne

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

Rightthinker: You are so completely, irretrievable wrong, as usual. William the Great is a fine man and was an outstanding president. Hillary is a wonderful person, and will be an excellent president.

Get used to the inevitable. Hillary in '08, with William the Great as her chief advisor. And you can attribute some of her coming success to the incompetence, greed, ignorance, hauteur, and outright cowboy stupidity of the reigning Republican conservative crowd in Washington.

djazz 8 years, 8 months ago

xeno, I know you are just kidding, and trying to get a rise out of folks. You can't possibly make such an insane comment and really believe it. So I appreciate your humor!

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

djazz & Arminius: I spent a lot of time in prison, but, as a polymath, I recognize that Hillary and William the Great are the best hope the country has of working out of the mess fundamentalist Christian conservative Republicans have got us in.

And William the Great honored and supported the U.S. military. It is patently incorrect to contend otherwise. He listened to military chiefs who wanted to modernize, upgrade their services (do away with WWII battleships, for example) and made sure they had the money and latitude to do it. Our winning the war in Bosnia with American air power cemented the wisdom of William the Great's military philosophy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 8 months ago

So Clinton was a hypocrite. Why is that justification for Bush being an even bigger hypocrite, Kevin?

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

Let's not get bogged down in minor technicalities. I always assumed that William the Great was given a deferrment to attend Cambridge in the U.K. as a Rhodes Scholar; if that's not the case, no matter. That he didn't participate in a senseless war is quite alright with me.

What is important is his record as commander-in-chief. William the Great, with Les Aspin, then William J. Perry, and last, a former Reublican senator, William Cohen, as his Defense secretaries shifted the focus of the US military from fighting the Cold War to preparing for the types of internecine warfare we're fighting in Iraq. One reason our forces were able to deploy quickly and efficiently into Iraq was the effort of William the Great to streamline the military.

I'll pass over how Dick Cheney hid behind his wife's skirts to avoid military duty, and will also pass over Shrubby's disgraceful lying and privilege-hunting with the Texas Air National Guard.

And Hillary Clinton has done a fine job as the junior senator for New York. If elections were held today, she'd win in a landslide . . . much like she will against McCain and Elizaeth Dole in '08.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

rightthinker: As much as I try not to touch on the obvious personal faults of those who dawdle on this site, it is simply inescapable that you are a drooling, raving lunatic. I won't even try to address the yawning illogic of your last post, non sequitur crowding on non sequitur.

It must really be miserable being you.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

All good points, holygrailale. We should also note the following nine (9) ways ol'Shrubby got favored treatment in the service due to his political connections (he was then the son of a congressman and the grandson of a former Senator):

1). He got into the Guard by pulling strings, avoiding the year-and-a-half waiting list; 2). He took a two-month vacation in Florida after just eight weeks (8 weeks!) to work on a political campaign; 3). Ol'Shrubby skipped Officer Candidate School and got a special commission as a second-lieutenant, without qualifications; 4). He was assigned to a "safe" plane, one being phased out of active service ((F 102); 5). During flight school, he was flown on a government jet to Washington for a date with President Nixon's daughter Tricia; 6). Bush got an illegal transfer (later overruled) to a base with no work; 7). He simply didn't show up for a YEAR, with no penalty; 8.) Shrubby skipped all his medical exams after the service started doing drug tests, and was removed from flight status; 9). He ended his "service" ten months (10) early to go to Harvard Business School.

BTW, Ol'Shrubby was 12 days away from losing his student deferment, at a time when 350 Americans a week were dying in combat, when his daddy got him in the Texas Air National Guard - which had a huge waiting list of over 100,000 men. Bush was admitted to the Guard to same day he applied.

And some of you trogs wonder why we, initially, started to despise this lollipop.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

"Bush is a great man, a great leader in time of war, and a man of honor, dignity, and courage."

I'm beginning to understand. You don't really believe any of this; it's just too off the wall for anyone to believe. You are probably roaring with laughter as you post it, knowing how the stark illogic of it makes the cognoscente writhe with horror.

Bush, great man! "Mission Accomplished!" Harriet Meier.

A great leader in time of war! (Did you see Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"? See Ol'Shrubby go deer-eyed as his anus locked up?)

A man of honor, dignity, and courage! The CIA operative who was outed by his stupidity would not have agreed, particularly if she was able to watch him lie and evade resonsibility for his duplicity. Dignity? Was that when he encouraged the teaching of intelligent design in public schools, or when he repeatedly mangled the English language and made guests at summits red-faced with embarrassment at his . . . lack of acumen.

And courage? Texas Air National Guard. He'll - eagerly, which William the Great did not - send young Americans to fight, but would not himself.

GWB will go down in history as one of the most inept, confused, mediocre presidents we have ever had the misfortune to live under.

kansasboy 8 years, 8 months ago

Where oh where is our next "Reagan Republican" Please step foward before Hellery takes office and I have to kill myself.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

kansasboy: Don't worry, you'll do fine. In fact, you'll probably make more money, with an improving economy primed by a balanced federal budget and an official government policy of fiscal conservatism.

Reagan wasn't all he was cracked up to be; he was a lot of smoke and mirrors - racist and elitist. I celebrated when he died.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

Arminius: Iran-Contra. Edwin Meese. Oliver North. What great man presided over these odious chapters of governmental duplicity?

And correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Republicans - with RR's tacit, albeit occasional vocal, support - steadfastly oppose every civil rights measure that came before the Congress during his two terms? Didn't the wages/earning power of the middle and lower classes stagnate, even fall, under the careful, deliberate administration of "The Great Communicator."?

Reagan blew the smoke of racism into the eyes of white males to obscure his almost total support of the rich . . . which is precisely what Republicans do and stand for. If you're not a multimillionaire, you have no business telling anybody what a great man that phoney was.

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

Arminius: The incomes of the middle class and the poor stagnated under Reagan and Bush I. The "Review" you cite is a conservative rag that routinely skews statistics toward right-wing causes and issues. Department of Labor statistics from that era clearly note that any appreciable growth in income for the middle class and poor simply did not exist. I was a reporter for the Perspective, an award-winning prison newspaper in Oak Park Heights, MN during the Reagan years, and we focused on the failure of "trickle down" economics. BTW, what do you think of "trickle down?" Do you think it was an effective economic policy?

I frankly don't believe you're reading your "employment" statistics inre Hillary Clinton correctly. I'll be scouring the Net for information about New York, and I call the state about a dozen times @ day. I'll ask some of the companies I deal with there about their economic health. Do you really hold Hillary accountable for whether or not private economy jobs are created?

xenophonschild 8 years, 8 months ago

holygrailale: It is always amusing to watch you playing with poor Arminius. He is so earnest, so convinced he's right. He overstates/misstates his case, and you gently reel him in before you crush him.

He really needs to give up his foolishness about holding William the Great responsible for OBL's odium toward the U.S., and his specious nonsense about William the Great killing quadzillions of Iraqi children. He needs to accept the truth about Bush specifically, and all conservative Republicans in general: to wit, they are racists/elitists, who are not actually very bright.

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