Friday, December 26, 2008

"Combat Troops"

Generational hate-monger Ted Rall switches from his elders & betters to picking on someone in his own age cohort, the lying Prez-elect. Calls him a "weasel."
Germans are organized. The French are snotty. Americans have a national character trait, too: inattention. It's now obvious that Obama exploited our hard-wired inability to read between the lines to lay the groundwork for what many of his supporters will soon view as a terrible betrayal.
Damn, Ted, you think so?
Seems clear. End means end. Finito. No more. But there's an interesting phrase in Obama's promises to pull out, repeated throughout the campaign": "combat troops." "We should seize this moment to begin the phased redeployment of combat troops that I have long advocated," he wrote in his op/ed. "We can safely redeploy our combat brigades." "It's time to end this war," Obama concluded. Ending the war would mean following the political cartoonist Matt Bors' prescription: The troops would go to the airport. They would board planes. They would fly away. But Obama doesn't want to end the war. Obama will classify some units as "combat troops" and send them to Afghanistan, which he wants to expand into an even bigger war. But tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of troops, will remain in Iraq, killing and getting killed.
Lied to by a politician. When do the rivers start running uphill?


Unknown said...

Umm yeah....tens or hundreds of thousands of troops getting killed? Try just over 7000 total accross afganistan and Gulf war 2. Understand? An active duty soldier is statistically more likely to get killed in an automobile accident in the US than they are likely to get killed in afganistan. And just as an "Oh by the way", while the media tends to skyline the videos of the soldiers saying "we dont belong here", what the media doesnt show are the thousansds of interviews they have to go through to find the one malcontent who joined the service just to get away from mummy or daddy, or for the free know, the moron who though the military was about delivering MREs or bottled water to NO after hurricanes. The vast majority of soldiers know what they are getting into when they join and accept that responsability and risk FREELY and see the value of the task they are engaged in.

M. Bouffant said...

But Never Better Late Editor:
While we certainly appreciate your four & a half yrs. late comment, perhaps you could follow the link to the original statement by Mr. Rall (Not by us, dim-bulb!) & bitch at him. And since that link no longer works (Fuck you, Yahoo!) here is where Mr. Rall hangs these days. Give him a piece of your mind (if you can spare it).

accept that responsability [sic] and risk FREELY
People who enlist because they believe it when they're told invading & occupying nations on the other side of the world will "keep us free & safe" are twice as foolish as the idiots who enlist to "defend" a country that doesn't have decent jobs for its citizens, which then makes enlistment their only job option. Convenient for recruiters, isn't it? It's as if they have you coming & going.

No one thinks they're going to be handing out bottled water. Even Americans aren't that stupid. Well, most of them aren't.

We'll certainly agree w/ you on one thing: American cars & roads should be much safer than they are. Too bad human lives & safety get in the way of profits.