City of Roses
Easy enough to reach that conclusion, Jim. Look at Murtha's comments in congress. Look at Kerry's comments about our troops over there "indiscrimately killing a raping civilians". Look at Obama's comments about how we are over the "bombing innocent civilians". Look at how the liberals went wild about Abu Ghrab and how they tried to use it for political purposes. Were the actions there wrong? Of course they were but liberals tried to indict Bush and the entire military over it and you know it wasn't like that, just as I'm sure you saw things in Nam that were not indicative of the military as a whole. Look at how they tried to paint the worst possible picture of Gitmo, accusing the soldiers there of torture and atrocities, once again for purely political reasons. How could the public have those notions? The question is - how could they NOT have those notions.
We've talked about this time and time again for the past five years, so actually bothering taking the time reiterating all I've said before is exasperating, but I will say this.
Given that you have served yourself in the military, and indeed had to put up with prejudices along with your fellow comrades coming home decades ago, I can understand how those wounds cut right to the bone, and perhaps never heal, still sting to the touch. I wholeheartedly regret ANY of that took place then, and such spitting in the faces and other offensive gestures are to be condemned.
Having said that, I READ all the same stories as you do. I scrutinize the whole transcripts of what Durbin and Kerry and Obama and others have said, and I simply believe it is hyperbolic that what they say is anti-military and simply biting criticisms of the Bush Administration and the government. And for someone so concerned in honest reporting all of a sudden, I would expect more from you than contributing to the outright blanket accusations, strawmans and ad hominems against an entire populace, an entire political positioning, that you so eloquently do.
Meanwhile, again and again I have pointed out how neoconservatives in the Pentagon and Washington continue to shamelessly exploit our young men and women in uniform in carrying out their regime in modernizing the Middle East and treating our troops like a regional geopolitical police force, and eschewing all ethics and responsibilities in the process, even if it means they get outdated Cold War-era military technology on the field, even if their affiliates like Halliburton offer contaminated water and force them to pay for their meals, even if it means failing to discourage waterboarding and suspending habeas corpus rights, etc.
And while you direct the entirety of your outrage against several poignant individuals whose critiques were blatantly taken out of context, you allow their degradation of our military to go without protest. Essentially, I believe the demeanor and ideology of the likes of Richard Perle and Norman Podhoretz and their colleagues is far more disrespectful to our military than about anything I've heard from anyone in either side of the aisle in Congress. Because actions speak louder than words, and it's the neocons that are taking action. And it's also the GOP establishment that is far more likely to be apologetic toward their ideology.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"