Thursday, February 01, 2007

US Troops "Naïve Mercenaries"?

Do you ever wonder what the liberal press really thinks about our soldiers fighting in Iraq?
They claim to be against the war but for our soldiers.
They lie.

From the Washington Post

My comments in red.

William Arkin : "Troops Should Be Happy We Don't Spit at Them"

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…

Mr. Arkin states "even those who wear the uniform" as if their opinions were somehow beneath those who sit on their ass enjoying the freedoms others have died for. He doesn't believe our military should expect public support...that somehow they must earn it.
Haven't they done that already? Who is he to cast judgment?
Another pompous ass running at the mouth.

These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President’s handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.

The soldiers should be grateful? They are risking their lives every day. We are the ones who should be grateful. How can any reporter be so stupid and out of touch. Without them, he wouldn't be able to print the trash he calls journalism. Soldiers, Marines and Sailors don't choose what wars they fight. They follow orders.

Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.

Again...the isolated incidents of a few outweigh all the hard work and risks these brave men and women have taken. He acts as if our military has conducted a campaign of systematic rape and murder. He fails to mention the atrocities committed by our enemies which in comparison, far outweigh any injustices committed by American forces. His claim that the American public has indulged our military is preposterous and disgusting. Bad apples? More like bad journalism.

Sure it is the junior enlisted men who go to jail, but even at anti-war protests, the focus is firmly on the White House and the policy. We just don’t see very man “baby killer” epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon.…

Is this man saying that our military deserves to be spit on? I'd like to see him try. I would enjoy watching him trying to pick up his teeth.

So, we pay the soldiers and decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social supporter and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak out because they are above society?

Decent wage? Starting in 2007, the starting pay for an enlisted man is $1207 per month. That's less than $15,000 per year. Nobody joins the military to get rich. Money wasn't the reason they joined but honor and a sense of duty is something that William Arkin could never understand.
Housing? I'm willing to bet that this man (I'm being generous here) has never lived in barracks or on a ship.
Healthcare? Considering that they are risking their lives, I think it's only fair that they receive decent medical care. Artificial limbs and other severe injuries are also part of the deal.
And as for those obscene amenities, I guess he must be talking about the hot tubs and caviar I sent over last year. Or maybe he doesn't think they deserve bullets to go with their M-16's.

But it is the United States and the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.
If I weren’t the United States, I’d say the story end with a military coup where those in the know, and those with fire in their bellies, save the nation from the people.

This human excrement dares to call our military mercenaries and then calls for a violent overthrow of our government. Isn't this treason? This goes far beyond "freedom of speech" and far beyond the bounds of human decency. This man better watch his back or he will get what he deserves. In all my life, I've never seen such filth from a major newspaper. The Washington Post should be ashamed and Mr. Arkin should have his ass kicked (for a start).
Maybe this is one opinion that he should have kept to himself.

The entire article can be read here.


At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a jackass William Arkin is. Here's another talking head spouting off a bunch of drivel on a subject he knows nothing about.

Yet more proof the MSM has become irrelivant and out of touch with reality.

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW- I just watched the Kevin Costner film, "The Guardian". I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the film.

Incidentally, I moved from Barksdale AFB the week the film crew showed up to do the film. I missed getting to see the cast by two days.

At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fyi - o.t. - a.c. - please check out curtains at your earliest convenience.

At 4:44 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Having been an AF brat, I know about "public opinion" and how fickle it can be!
arkin is a typical leftista, safely ensconced in his leftista cocoon, mutual admiration society. And anyone who disagrees is automatically labeled the; enemy, stupid, uneducated, uncultured and unappreciative of their efforts!
Personally, I'd rather be appreciative of our military, they tend to be more sensible, logical and compassionate!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


At 5:31 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I went to see "The Guardian" when it first came out. I thought it was a good movie, there were a few factual inconsistencies but they stayed pretty close to the truth.
At least by Hollywood standards.

At 5:34 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I grew up an Army brat tmw during the Vietnam War era and I never heard a journalist from a newspaper the caliber of the Washington Post ever suggest spitting on the troops. This guy also advocated an overthrow of the government.
Why isn't that considered treason?
Thank you for the "good morning".
Good morning back to you!

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You might already know that our daughter went off to Parris Island this past Monday for Marine boot camp.

This guy who wrote this piece has angered me. I may be emailing him once I find out his email address.

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, here is a link to his latest after he wrote this:

Here is my comment:

I have sent your original article to my daughter, who is currently undergoing training at Parris Island (Marine Corps basic training). I have encouraged her to pass your piece of trash around, which will tell all of the recruits what a slimeball liberal you are. I am also going to send this to my friends in the Navy.

Should you ever find yourself out on the field, or in a military dining facility, be prepared to eat alone.

Maybe if you're lucky you can have John Kerry sit and dine with you, for no other military person with a backbone would ever want to sit and eat next to you - unless they knew in advance that they were going to give you a blanket party.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Steve...I meant earlier to congratulate you on your daughter's decision. I'm sure as a parent that you must take both pride and fear in what lies ahead for her.
My daughter has been talking about the Coast Guard lately although that decision is still several years away.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

The only reason I didn't leave a message for this filth was because I was afraid of crossing the line by posting a bounty on this jackass.

At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


These people are trying to anger us and demoralize the country.

Dont let them win.

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 11:28 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

OMG..I could never read the whole article AC...I'm sick from this mans ability to get anyone to put this into print..let alone in mass media.

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This freedom of speech thing has gotten way out of hand. You cannot yell fire in a public building unless there is a fire because harm could come to others in the mad rush to vacate the building. So how come you can harm our troops by enabling our enemies through your speech? Don't our troops count? Evidently not! This man is a traitor by any definition and should be considered as such. Curses piled upon his pointed head!

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just now say Freedom Now's comment. They have succeeded in angering me, they have not succeded in demoralizing me. No one on earth has the ability to do that other than myself. Anger can be a good thing. More Americans need to get angry about the crap that's going on and start sounding off about it. The left is doing all of the hollering and it has always been true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Proof of that is what they've gotten away with thus far.

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberals have no respect for the military. Nothing new.

At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ducky, do you have anything relevant to say on this subject?

You know that a draft is only the pipedream of every leftover hippy from the 60s that wants just one more patchouli stinkin' moment of glory before theyre gone.

You say that the US doesnt stand for freedom, so did Saddam Hussein stand for freedom? Does the Shia militias stand for freedom? Does the Sunni insurgency stand for freedom? Does Al Qaeda stand for freedom?

No, the only combatants in Iraq that stand for freedom are the Coalition Allies.

You can bury your head in the sand if you want, its your choice.

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freedom of Speech? Yes, as long as it's left of center. "All are equal.. Some are just more equal than others.." or something like that. ~Animal Farm

This guy is just purely disgusting,,,, like a pile of dog doo doo crawling with magots.

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm glad you are standing strong.

Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!

At 3:53 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Fern-He is beneath my contempt! Why should I get angry at a fly landing on dung? It's the nature of the fly! So it is with leftistas, they fester with contempt for those who will not slink in the sewage with them.


At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have never heard such dirty language from you!!!!


Ah well, I guess if its good enough for dung beetles, it is more than good for Leftist mud slingers.

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

arkin represents the typical media thug who takes for granted the freedoms those he belittles daily. I cannot express my frustration with the selfish words that emit from reporters who would have been sent first into a tunnel at Iwo Jima sixty years ago.

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have nothing relevant to say on this subject - idiocy speaks for itself - and loudly!

tmw - pottymouth!

At 4:28 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Arkin revealed what many lefties really think. So much for "I support the troops, but I don't support the war."

Excellent rebuttal, Crusdader.

At 5:04 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Is THIS what Arkin passes off as an "explanation"?

At 5:37 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Fern-They are apes, they sling pooh!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


At 8:46 AM, Blogger John Brown said...

Not much to say about this, AC: Uncle Sam lets torturers who deserve the death penalty off scott free and goes after other soldiers, who dare to question Uncle Sam's benevolence, with guns blazing.

Hypocrisy could be no more glaring and motives can be no more clear.

Anyway, are you keeping an eye on your wonderful little occupation of Afghanistan?

Things aren't so pretty there despite all the EVIL alCIAda GOBLINS they keep taking out.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Ducky... I'm not sure why you would question lawman's motives.
Active duty Air Force and a reserve police officer, it seems to me that he has dedicated his life to serving both country and community.
He definitely didn't do it for the money. At 20 years, you get 1/2 your base salary. You're not living the good life by any means.

As for your assertion that "long past the time that our military has "defended" freedom", I couldn't disagree more.
Maybe we have different definitions of freedom. Freedom to breathe seems as basic as it can get. That freedom was denied to thousands on 911.
Our military may not be fighting off foreign soldiers on US soil but we were attacked here in United States by forces of terrorism.
They attacked our freedom. They attacked our way of life.
Skipping Iraq because of the political debate and focus on Afghanistan where both parties, Democrats and Republicans agreed we needed to take down the Taliban and deny Al Qaeda's safe haven.
Soldiers like Pat Tillman volunteered and paid the ultimate price for FREEDOM. There were no hidden agendas, no big oil fields to defend but there were terrorists dedicated to killing Americans.
How can you say that they aren't fighting for our freedom?

At 10:56 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

John Brown said "Hypocrisy could be no more glaring and motives can be no more clear."

Why are terrorists and murders treated more respectfully by the press than American forces?
I could only imagine the banner headlines if American forces had kidnapped four terrorists and then executed them while being handcuffed.
That's hypocrisy...and the political motives could not be more clear.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I switch over to the "new blogger" against my better judgment and it looks as though it not only deleted my profile but has changed my commenters to anonymous.
I hate this shit!
Sorry for the profanity but it hardly conveys my true feelings.

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

This conversion to New Blogger is hit or miss as far as preserving certain features of one's blog. Ugh!

I've noticed some other blogs having problems at first, then avatars appearing later.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger nanc said...

just testing.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger nanc said...

one thing for sure - it has everyone properly pist!

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Pist? I would say so!

Mr. Beamish has been the most direly affected by the conversion to New Blogger. I'm grieving over the loss of his kufir's guide to handling the Koran. **sigh**

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...


Ive seen my comments turn into Anonymous many times over, so its no big deal.

John Brown,

How are you comrade? I see that you are celebrating the Talibans' heroic capture of an undefended town that was only made possible by breaking a truce that the British honored.

When are you going to come over to the light? Your support of fascists that dont have any shred of decency is unbecoming, even for a guy like you!!!!!!!!!

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Obob said...

I lost a ton switching over, but I like the new one a heck of lot better.
Arkin is a brown-eye

At 4:54 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

I think you know by now what MY opinion would be.

Can I be alone with Arkin for a few minutes?

At 7:32 AM, Blogger John Brown said...


The world's biggest terrorists and murderers are the people you support without question.

So your point makes no sense.

Nobody alive today has more blood on their hands than your dear, old Uncle Sam.

Insofar as that statment is a truism, however, your point about Uncle Sam's embedded media on their knees in deference is no doubt true.

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm, fn has theology and i've thought all this time he had none...

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...


I am quite willing to convert to Communism if you can tell me who the "Settlers" in the same region as Afghanistan are.

Can you throw in some tall tales about oil pipelines while you are at it?

At 3:00 PM, Blogger John Brown said...


The world's biggest murderer of cilvilians Uncle Sam. The Taliban can't hold a candle to him.

To think about war in terms of material resources and economic interest is quite clearly beyond your capacities, so I won't even try. Just keep on believing that Uncle Sam's enemies are alCIAda and Karzai isn't a Unocal lackey.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

So you are not going to try to recruit me to Communism and you just resort to empty rhetoric instead?

You say that Uncle Sam is a killer, huh? This weekend a car bomb went off in an Iraqi market killing 132 shoppers. Thats the kind of bloodshed that your Iraqi Resistance Report celebrates.

Think about it, the closest thing to the Orwellian doublethink comes from the Islamist war machine that you feed off of like a fat hog. Chomp, Chomp, Chomp...

Its been almost five years now, wheres your Afghani pipeline?????????


At 9:08 AM, Blogger elmers brother said...

duhkkky said And there are people like "lawman" who enlisted so he could later get "twenty and out" with no heavy lifting.

wow Duhkkky's idea of heavy lifting is removing the dish from his head after he's been plated by his male lover

At 10:10 AM, Blogger elmers brother said...

or perhaps the calligraphy pen got too heavy...


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