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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on September 3rd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Picture of the Day: Servicemember’s Anti-Syria Intervention Picture Creates Internet Meme

This picture has been going around the Internet over the weekend and Stripes Central has a good posting of the various memes it has since created.  Here is my favorite one:

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  • Dr.Yu
    2:04 pm on September 3rd, 2013 1

    As a lawyer my advise to this anti-syria intervention guys would be: did you read the contract before signing it? :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • MTB Rider
    2:46 pm on September 3rd, 2013 2

    I guess it’s only cool to protest the wars Bush got us into. Where’s Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink?

    Huh, Syria is using chemical weapons, weapons of the same type Bush said had been smuggled out of Iraq and into Syria. Do you think… Nah. Just a coincidence. :roll:

  • Liz
    2:48 pm on September 3rd, 2013 3

    When your cable tv isn’t working, you look for a job. When you look for a job, you join the Navy. When you join the Navy they put you in a snappy uniform, and you end up an internet meme. Don’t end up an internet meme. Get rid of cable and upgrade to direct tv.

  • tbonetylr
    3:22 pm on September 3rd, 2013 4

    Sir yes sir, one wouldn’t expect your gov’t(USA) to command you to strike Syria either because of an “alleged” gas attack since it wouldn’t be legal unless…
    UN chief(Ban, Ki-moon) warns ‘punitive’ strike on Syria for alleged gas attack could unleash more turmoil
    “Ban also cautioned nations such as the United States and France that may be considering such strikes that they are legal only in self-defense under the U.N. Charter or if approved by the U.N. Security Council.”

  • Jwho
    3:25 pm on September 3rd, 2013 5

    This A hole is very self centered and in my opinion a coward! Let me ask him a question.. If it was his family that was gassed would their defense be covered under his contract?

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:00 pm on September 3rd, 2013 6

    3. Well played madam.

    I can’t help but think this is wrong. Service members give up a certain amount of freedom of expression and self determination when they join the military. This person, if he is indeed a service member, has enough stripes that he should know this. It makes me doubt his leadership abilities and question his courage. It also reflects poorly on the military in general. Besides, no one is going to be “fighting” for anyone. I hardly consider lobbing cruise missiles at a 3rd world country the height of chivalry.

    That said, I’m split on the issue. I agree that the international community should enforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons, especially on civilians. On the other hand, we have multiple sets of bad actors killing each other…

  • Baek, In-je
    5:10 pm on September 3rd, 2013 7

    You joined the Navy to shut up and do as you are told. I am sure this guy will be exposed soon. What is that patch…E-7?

  • Smokes
    5:36 pm on September 3rd, 2013 8

    #3: :)
    #6: Why does expressing a opinion cause you to question a person’s ability to lead and their courage? I believe it takes exactly those two things to express an opinion that you know will be mocked.
    #7: Exposed for what? As what? To what end? This ain’t Korea with it’s loser netizens frothing to out people for expressing opinions. By the way yes he’s a Chief Petty Officer (E-7).

  • Kangaji
    5:40 pm on September 3rd, 2013 9

    OH~~~~ Smokes just SMASHED Baek In Jae with his own medicine. Bravo.

  • Leon LaPorte
    6:38 pm on September 3rd, 2013 10

    8. “Why does expressing a opinion cause you to question a person’s ability to lead and their courage? I believe it takes exactly those two things to express an opinion that you know will be mocked.”

    Uh, for the exact reasons I stated in the post to which you replied? :roll:

  • Smokes
    7:06 pm on September 3rd, 2013 11

    Maybe I’m just not seeing it then because I really don’t see where you explain how someone stating they don’t agree with the reasoning behind a proposed intervention into Syria shows them to be cowardly or inept to lead.

    I do agree with you that there wouldn’t be any fighting as the Dems don’t like to get their feet wet and try to get away with using non-conventional means. Worked well for Kennedy in Cuba, Clinton in Somalia, and Obama in Pakistan. Though the Repubs haven’t been doing much better with their style either.

    The US needs to just take a break from utilizing the military until we better understand the how, why, when, and for what to use it for.

    7:40 pm on September 3rd, 2013 12

    This “Seaman” is not alone! My wife showed me the facebook post last night and he has three other partners in crime. Each representing the other United States Armed Forces: Army, Air Force, and lastly the Marines. Makes me sick to even call these a$$holes my brothers! Last time I checked they and all who have served raised our right hand voluntarily and repeated this oath:

    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will 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. So help me God.”

    Now that says that we will obey what the President of the United States orders us to do, even if we don’t agree with what he is saying or if mission is FUBARd before it even began. Whats that old saying in the military? You may not respect the person, but you will show respect to the title or rank held by that person if they out rank you. So If You Don’t Like It, Get The Phuck Out and quit acting like a pu$$y holding a paper over your face! Go flip some burgers!

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:41 pm on September 3rd, 2013 13

    11. Among many things, you do not protest in uniform. He is flaunting regulations and doing so in a manner which brings disrepute on the military. This is not the way it is done. I am flabbergasted that I have to spell it out for anyone here. If it was Tom, I’d understand…

  • Smokes
    7:54 pm on September 3rd, 2013 14

    #12: Why should servicemembers take their oath seriously when elected officals don’t?

    #13: If you really believe a few random faceless people on the internet are really going to cause the entire country to lose faith and regard in/for the armed forces then I think you put too much stock in internet opinions.

    Oh and thanks for the comparison to Tom, next time a crotch-kick from a steel-toed boot will suffice. :(

  • Conway Eastwood
    8:03 pm on September 3rd, 2013 15

    Looks like the good chief is a yeoman or a gunner’s mate from the looks of it. Also in the gulf too, from his ribbons.

    8:23 pm on September 3rd, 2013 16

    #14 Because we are Professionals, Leaders.

    Above all the first sentence in the oath states: I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

    If these four bad apples want to set an incorrect example then they should do it at McDonald’s were these words mean nothing: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage!

    If you don’t want to take the oath that is their choice. But, when they start running their mouth about how screwed up the government is and the question is asked what did you do to make a difference? They can simply reply, “I flipped burgers and sat on my a$$ at home drinking; while trying to get blitzed; blogging on a website about things that I know nothing about nor can change!”

  • Glans
    3:26 am on September 4th, 2013 17

    MTB, several Code Pink members spoke out during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing yesterday and were duly removed from the room. I saw them on C-Span.

  • Baek, In-je
    8:34 am on September 4th, 2013 18

    Yes, I got smashed by Smokes’ ill-informed, puerile comment on something he does not understand. If you need a refresher, ask Leon Leporte (or simply reread what he wrote). You give up many of your constitutional rights when joining the military; this is no surprise to anyone who has served, but guys type-jacking on a keyboard, from a safe distance that is defended by men and women who understand this, and embrace it.

  • MTB Rider
    1:48 pm on September 4th, 2013 19

    Rather muted response from Code Pink, don’t you think?

    And of course, no one asks where the chemical weapons came from.

    Maybe locally produced, maybe from Saddam Hussein’s private stock. Will there be an investigation? Or will it be swept under the rug, like those French made missiles found in Iraq with manufacturing dates well past the embargo date.

  • Smokes
    5:40 pm on September 4th, 2013 20

    BIJ, not to poke the beehive but… I did my 15 downrange, how about you? In addition to deploying I not only enlisted once but twice and considering my long break in service I opted it was best to do IET completely over on my second enlistment. So not only have I done a complete boot twice and completed all service without a single negative anything (flag, UCMJ, etc), I deployed without a complaint and put on more than my fair share of miles on Route Irish. Oh and by the way, the date I walked in to sign up for my 2nd tour? September 12th 2001.

    So before you go pulling out Ye Ole “doesn’t know what he’s talking about” nonsense you need to back the F up.

    Only a fool embraces blind servitude, latest figures estimate that the GWOT’s claimed almost 7K. Today it’s pretty clear that the winners of the GWOT are:
    General Dynamics
    Northrop Grumman

    How many of those organizations have ties with government officials that extend to the highest level? You bet your ass they do. So when you guys pull out that “How dare they question? It’s a disgrace!” I respond with “How dare you not question? Stop drinking the KoolAid© and realize that any person or system that can’t stand a little scrutiny is up to something.”

  • KingKitty
    2:51 am on September 5th, 2013 21

    May his ship hit a coral reef

  • Bob
    3:26 am on September 5th, 2013 22

    And I just looked at the picture and shrugged. Like Dr. Yu said, the guy should have read the contract before reading it. Heck, what did he expect, he joined the US Navy, the one that is the most likely to go where it probably shouldn’t.

  • Glans
    7:02 am on September 12th, 2013 23

    Top ten things to know about Syria, ‘informed comment’ from Juan Cole at his eponymous blog.

  • Liz
    7:41 am on September 12th, 2013 24

    #23: What’s most interesting about that list is what’s left out.
    Much relatively ancient history, but nothing about the Syrian occupation of Lebanon for almost 30 years (from 1976 to 2005), where they supported Hezbollah directly, and completely infiltrated the Lebanese government and military. This all sparked the 2002 Syrian Accountability Act. Syria left, but their associates remain and Lebanon is a mess. At any rate, I wouldn’t support Al Qaeda over Hezzbolah but if we’re throwing out ‘educational’ talking points, that’s a big one.


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