"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Supporting the Troops without the Spirit of the Bayonet

Roughly a week ago “Wake Up America,” posted regarding presidential hopeless, John Edwards and his new effort at redefining Support the Troops. The former senator has launched a new website, “Support the Troops. End the war.”

Not willing to stomach the site; a quote as quoted by Wake Up America (bold mine):

“Throughout our history, military men and women and their families have sacrificed for America. The troops in Iraq and their families continue to sacrifice today. So this Memorial Day Weekend, John Edwards is asking the American people to give some part of their weekend in return—to honor and remember all those who have gone before in service to our country, and to let our government know we want to honor our troops by ending the war and bringing them home.”

As has been said endlessly, this is not support for the troops; it is slick marketing for the support of ending our participation in the Iraq Theater in the war on terror. The Democrats have spoken and voted for quite some time now, promising to end the war; de-funding or no longer funding the war is not ending the war; that is more accurately described as retreating, running away or escaping and evading. The Democrats like to “imply” an end, but that will only lead to a new beginning, as voting is easy but ending something like what is going on in Iraq is not simply done in ink.

What is the Spirit of the bayonet?

To KILL, KILL, KILL!!!!!!!!!

Our soldiers are in Iraq and elsewhere doing what they have trained to do; Some of the skills/subjects the infantry recruit trains to:

Survive on the NBC battlefield (Nuclear Biologic Chemical), Train for Land Mine Warfare, Marksmanship (oddly the M16 is the basic tool of the infantry soldier), Rifle Bayonet Pugil Fighting, M203 Grenade Launcher (familiarization), M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (familiarization), M240 Machine Gun (familiarization), Introduction to burst fire mode and firing in Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) protective equipment, Infantry tactics proficiency, Hand Grenade Training, Night Infiltration, Fire Team, Urban Operations, Mortar Training, Defensive fighting positions, Squad tactics, FTX.

Supporting the troops is supporting them in the efforts they have been trained for and are involved in now. Our soldiers do not practice the skills above to be treated as mere children, nor are the skills above related in any way to a home economics course/class in high school. Their skills are honed on the battlefield for the antithesis of what the Democrat party represents.

The U.S. Army Values

  • Loyalty
  • Duty
  • Respect
  • Selfless Service
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Personal Courage

These values are something the Left, msm and Democrats are lacking. The soldier does not likely wish to leave the battlefield as innocent Iraqi civilians are butchered. Nor do they likely wish to desert their fallen comrades in what to them is their duty and honor to defend and support in their efforts to vanquish the enemy. Supporting the troops is not guaranteeing their failure, which by pulling them out before the singing of the fat lady is heard is a failure over which they have no control. This is not ending the war, this is a lack of support for that which they do each and every day.

Old news from Washington

As a continuing example from Democrats and the msms definition of victory; CNN published an article this morning entitled, “Iraq funding deadline fails but gains more support.

In the article, CNN acknowledges (they have to) that the Anti-war Democrats “failed,” but of course there is a silver lining as the:

“lopsided bipartisan vote that masked growing impatience within both political parties over President Bush's handling of the four-year conflict.”

The talking point according to Russ Feingold and taken hook, line and sinker by CNN was to Feingold the “fact” that stopping the war, ‘”was considered absolute heresy four months ago."’ A heresy one might note not really uttered by the Democrat minority prior to November.

Four loser Democrat presidential hopefuls actually stuck their necks out on this one and voted for the sad, misguided legislation. They were; Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and Hillary Clinton, who said:

“has adamantly opposed setting a date for a troop withdrawal, and she gave conflicting answers during the day when asked whether her vote signified support for a cutoff in funds.”

Conflicting answers? Do you mean like:

‘"I'm not going to speculate on what I'll be voting on in the future," she said at midday. But a few hours later she said: "I support the ... bill. That's what this vote ... was all about."’

Far be it for Senator Hillary Rodham (Clinton) to indicate anything resembling integrity prior to the latest poll.

Support the troops by supporting the spirit of the bayonet; it’s what they’re trained to do. Don't follow the Left...

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