24 March 2008

Dispelling Stereotypes

An disturbingly large portion of the blogosphere believes that US Soldiers are over in Iraq randomly killing civilians, wearing ear necklaces, torching mosques, and other such nonsense. These stereotypes are employed to give credit to their oft-repeated argument "Bush Lied, People Died". Sure, there's lots of intelligible debate about why getting into Iraq was wrong, but I don't see the troops being likened to the Mongol Horde as part of it. That maybe since I've been in the military for several years and have not seen this criminal mentality first hand. Not saying war isn't hell, but when some douche in the comments sections of Matt Yglesias fine blog starts droning on about the US only being over here to kill civilians, I find this ridiculous. To see the real enemy in Iraq, stop on by Long War Journal where it shows the aftermath of a suicide truck bomb on an Iraqi Army Combat Outpost and the US forces clearly helping their Iraqi comrades (not for the light of heart). For extra shits n' giggles, check out the crazy commenter's MySpace page, which kind of reminds me of a cross between Noam Chomsky, Jeffrey Dahmer, and the Comic Book Store Guy.

The US Soldier: Out of control imperialist aggressor killing brown people willy-nilly


Anonymous said...

Okay, yeah, he's kind of an ass. But he's from San Francisco, so . . . . you know.

There does seem to be a lot of nonunderstanding and disinformation on some of these blogs talking about "the soldiers", when I wonder if they even know a single military person in real life. This crap about how all you all are murderers and rapists is so over the top. But do they want to hear anything else? I doubt it.

Sisu said...

"Listen to the reports of every soldier back from Iraq over the last four years." Wow, he's been a busy guy if he's listened to the reports of every soldier...where does he find the time with his IT work and his seizure inducing MySpace page?

Anonymous said...

Ok, to be fair (yeah, me!) I looked at Mr. Yglesias' page today and read some of the comments. And there are some people that give him a hard time, even so much as saying not everyone hates the troops.

But the comment I liked the best was this one "But how can the wingnuts feed their need for anger without misinterpreting things on purpose? Being a neocon not only means never having to say you're sorry, it also means never being able to calm down and just live life without being pissed off 24/7."
Posted by Reality Man | March 24, 2008 1:35 AM

I like that guy.

LT Nixon said...


Sharp comments. I think a lot of anti-war criticism is going to devolve into lambasting of people in the military in the near future, as they become increasingly frustrated with unsuccessful political diatribe.

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 03/24/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.