Victims or Heroes?

Robert Kaplan has written an exceptional (of course) piece of so much of what has been on my mind about the dumbing down and victimization of our military by the media and sooo many politicians, sadly, from both sides of the aisle.

The best quote from the article:

“Has anyone noticed that we now have a volunteer Army? I’m a warrior. It’s my job to fight.”

And this jsut makes my blood boil:

“The first Medal of Honor in the global war on terror was awarded posthumously to Army Sgt. First Class Paul Ray Smith of Tampa, Fla., who was killed under withering gunfire protecting his wounded comrades outside Baghdad airport in April 2003. According to LexisNexis, by June 2005, two months after his posthumous award, his stirring story had drawn only 90 media mentions, compared with 4,677 for the supposed Quran abuse at Guantanamo Bay, and 5,159 for the court-martialed Abu Ghraib guard Lynndie England. While the exposure of wrongdoing by American troops is of the highest importance, it can become a tyranny of its own when taken to an extreme.” (emphsis mine)

Go here to read the rest.

(h/t to Jules Crittenden)

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October 6, 2007. Tags: , , , . military, Uncategorized.

2 Comments

  1. heroes » Victims or Heroes? replied:

    […] sarahmckenna wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptRobert Kaplan has written an exceptional (of course) piece of so much of what has been on my mind about the dumbing down and victimization of our […]

  2. Flag Gazer replied:

    Outstanding article – but, it IS Kaplan!!!
    Thanks for sharing it.

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