After reading Major John's piece about blog partners not doing their part, I was moved to comment. I'll probably get strung up for this, but I hope that my comments will be received as they are offered - in a spirit of genuine friendship and mutual respect. That said...
Y'all are a bunch of right-wing, patriotic, liberal hatin' army guys who have, for better or worse, formed your own clique. As a non-vet, I simply cannot relate to your experience abroad, much less comment intelligently. What you experienced was so profoundly life-altering and alien to my everyday experiences that I am at a loss to add to your discussions. I don't mean to be ungrateful or whiney - I truly appreciate what you did. But at the same time, it's not a conversation I feel qualified (or even worthy) to participate in.
The tricky bit, and here's where I get strung up, is that veterans enjoy a special privilege. You gave years to serve our country. You left families and careers behind to do this. As such you have more than earned the privilege to gripe about 'moonbat' liberals, wimpy peace-nicks, and how biased the media coverage is. Problem is, I can't/won't argue with you. I'm not going to tell someone who spent a year in Iraq that I think the whole war is a clusterf#que. It's a respect thing, I suppose.
Problem is, if I keep letting you guys talk amongst yourselves you're going to end up with a blog that has a very narrow focus and will thus attract a very narrow audience.
So for the record,
- Karl Rove should be shot for revealing the name of a CIA operative.
- George W. Bush started an unjust war in Iraq based on bogus intelligence to take out a guy who stayed in power longer than his father.
- Because of the Iraq business, the justifiable Afghanistan theater was undermanned, undersupplied and underfunded.
- The Patriot Act is an atrocity and one of the bigger victories the terrorist have won.
- The American involvement in Iraq will go down as the most de-stabilizing event in the Middle East since the creation of Israel.
- America didn't get where it is today by 'working harder' or 'being smarter' than everyone else. Go ask a untouchable gutter cleaner in India about who 'works hard' for a living. I won't even get into the 'burden' we must carry if Americans are indeed smarter than everyone else.
- I'm all in favor of limiting every type of civilian fire-arm ownership - especially handguns. Any device designed specifically, and exclusively, for the purpose of killing people should be strictly regulated.
- The death penalty is wrong-headed. I don't approve of any laws that affords the state a right to kill its citizens (especially a state run by George Bush).
Phew, that oughta be enough to get at least a couple comments :-)