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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 4th, 2007 at 7:53 am

Anyone Still Think They Support the Troops and Not the War?

The anti-war people who go around priding themselves on supporting the troops and not the war, have hated the US military even before 9/11 even happened.  As I mentioned before, hating the troops is nothing new as I personally witnessed these mass anti-military protests happen before 9/11 even occurred.  The only difference now is that they are getting increased media attention due to the Iraq War.  However, what the media won’t show is what these people actually stand for.  Well courtesy of Semper Gratus here is a video of wounded US military veterans conducting a counter protest last week against the anti-military types holding a rally at the US Capitol.  As you watch remember these words from the Washington Post journalist and NBC News military analyst William Arkin:

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.

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 don’t see very many "baby killer" epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon.

Now watch the video and see these "peace loving" and "non-violent" anti-military types in action.  How much courage does it take to challenge a wounded veteran in a wheel chair to fight?  Well, that is the type of courage on display by the people who support the troops and not the war.   I’m sure NBC and the rest of the MSM will continue to have no interest in showing the American people who these anti-military people really are.

Just for the record some of my commenters have brought up that they think that members of the US military should not be allowed to vote or protest and remain a-political.  I tend to disagree because I think people who serve their country deserve the right to vote even more so than people who don’t because the US military is often the ones that have to implement US policy, so why shouldn’t they have a say in who is the one that creates that said policy?  Then again the Democrats have done everything they can to stop military ballots from being counted in tight races anyway, so maybe we should not vote?

As far as protesting, if soldiers didn’t speak out against the anti-military left who will?  Soldiers I talk to are becoming increasingly frustrated how one side the media coverage is and how these anti-military loons continue to get to shape the Iraq debate.  Look at this blog for example, should I stop blogging and providing a soldier’s perspective of Korea related issues simply to remain a-political and let the "citizen journalists" of media sites like Oh My News shape the views of how people view US soldiers in Korea?  I like to think that I have at least influenced some people that not all USFK soldiers are the drunken barbarians out looking to rape naive, innocent Korean women like the Korean media wants people to believe.  As long as soldiers don’t campaign for political candidates or issues in uniform, I don’t see why they should not be allowed to speak out about issues regarding the US military as a private citizen.  I am a professional and even if a political leader does things contrary to what I think is right, I will drive on.  I worked just as hard for President Clinton as I do now for President Bush and if Hillary gets elected I will work just as hard for her.  It is just like following orders from commanders in the military; not all the commanders I have had were all great, but even for the poor commanders you still follow their orders.  If you are in the military and can’t put your personal views about a superior a side you need to find a different line of work. 

  • usinkorea
    3:18 am on February 4th, 2007 1

    I might have a completely different view if I were a soldier or had been one for any significant length of time, but, I would say no to protesting in the streets.

    Blogging. Speaking out. No problem.

    But I would draw the line at street protests and similar activities on the part of the soldiers.

    I would also be against, as at least the state of GA is against cops doing this, GIs being actively connected to political campaigns for either party and the NGOs that are directly tied to the politicans and parties.

    I would also have a problem depending on the rank and influence of the GI speaking out — with the higher the rank getting more censure than a lowly private.

  • Sonagi
    3:18 am on February 4th, 2007 2

    I am anti-war, not anti-military. When a soldier home on leave from Iraq came to school to pick up her daughter, I shook her hand warmly and told her I respected what she was doing. Her eyes welled up as she asked us teachers to take good care of her daughter.

    I do not think the media is consistently anti-war; rather, I think they are wafflers who try to lead public opinion. I was still in China when the US invaded in 2003, so I did not read or watch much US media coverage, but I don't think Bush could have persuaded the American public to support the war if the media was not cooperative.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    4:38 am on February 4th, 2007 3

    The media was itching for a war because of the headlines despite their dislike of Bush. Now things are just back to normal in the media. I'm curious to what you consider anti-war, this war or all wars?

  • Sonagi
    3:57 pm on February 4th, 2007 4

    This war.

  • Richardson
    7:35 pm on February 4th, 2007 5

    The Metropolitician has responded to this post (but apparently didn't send a trackback). I left a comment there.

  • Sergeant Sellout
    6:37 pm on February 25th, 2007 6

    I must say quickly, I support troops, I am one, I support the war in Afgahnistan, but not in Iraq. When called I will go where the command tells me too either place, I will not object in any fasion. I have always supported troops being a 4th generation soldier I was raised that way. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and I respect their reguardless if they respect mine. I do feel that the people who support troops the best are not with gift baskets, but with warm bodies especially if it is theirs, theirs childs, or parents. People run and Army and it is the hardest thing to supply. People that support troops, hopefully, has atleast tried to be one at some time. That is my take on true supporters and for those who couldn't or chose not too, that is their right and the reason I am supporting the constitution to guarantee those rights, and the rights to not support the war. Structured, educated debate only makes us better.

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