I am at a loss for words. Doesn't happen often but I'm speechless.
Uncle Jimbo over at Blackfive pretty much sums up my thoughts. I do have this to say...
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.
Gee, how nice of you to give my husband the permission to express his own opinion. That's awfully nice of you. Granted, the Constitution took care of that a while ago but hey, if it makes you feel better to pretend that YOU gave him permission, please do so.
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.
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 just don't see very man "baby killer" epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon.
So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems 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 up because they are above society?
WE should be greatful that the American public still supports us?!? WTF? MY HUSBAND and thousands of husbands, sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, and wives are over there right now doing their best to rid this world of an evil tyrant and sow the beginnings of democracy in a land that has never known it! He is doing his JOB. The job he CHOSE to do. The one he believes in. And WE should be greatful??
No one is being spit upon? Obviously you have not been down to Walter Reed lately. You have not hung out with the Code Pink protesters as they do their best to cut down our soldiers - WOUNDED SOLDIERS - as they try to recover. Try "Googling" the name "Joshua Sparling" and see what you come up with you ignorant moron.
As for the housing and the medical care and all of the other wonderful benefits that come with military life...(you know, having to uproot and leave friends, family, and familiarity...being far away from family in times of crisis and need...being separated from my husband for months at a time...THOSE benefits!)...WE PAY FOR THOSE YOU IDIOT. Nothing is "given" to us. There is no such thing as a "free lunch" in the military.
But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.
Excuse me? My husband is a MERCENARY? Riiiiiight. Because the PAY is so damn good. That's why he joined the Army. For the money. Because the definition of "mercenary" is working or acting merely for money or other reward. And we all know how well we pay our military servicemembers. (/sarcasm)
Listen up you wind-sucking excuse of a reporter...HOW DARE YOU? How dare you insinuate that my husband's intentions were anything other than honorable when he chose to enlist in the United States Army! How dare you question the support that I, and the rest of the American public, gives to our military? Who do you think you ARE? How dare you imply that my husband is any less deserving of the rights afforded to ALL citizens of this country simply because he serves in the military.
HOW. DARE. YOU.
The ONLY reason you are where you are and do what you do is because of people like my husband who fought (and sometimes DIED) for YOUR FREEDOMS as well as their own.
You disgust me.
America needs to ponder what it is we really owe those in uniform.
I agree. This is the only part of your article that garners any kind of agreement from me. The American public DOES need to ponder what it really owes those in uniform. Let me give you a few suggestions...
1. You owe them the ability to do their job properly and not be hamstrung while being bitch-slapped by the same people that limit them.
2. You owe them respect for doing a job that you either cannot or will not do yet you continue to reap the benefits from their efforts and sacrifices.
3. You owe them support. Financial, emotional, mental, physical...whatever the need is. Those men and women have more courage, more dedication, more honor, and more commitment in one finger than you have in your entire being.
4. You owe them your gratitude. Their sacrifices and the sacrifices of those that came before them placed you where you are today. If it were not for our military, you would be worshiping the Queen of England or worse.
And if you're still lost for ways to support our troops, read HERE. SGT D covers it pretty well.