"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Reckless Endangerment of Our Troops: Murtha, Kerry-Heinz, and the Anti-War Press

Will Malven
6/15/2006

“I know there was a cover-up someplace. They knew about this a few days afterwards and there’s no question the chain of command tried to stifle the story. I can understand why, but that doesn’t excuse it. Something like this has to be brought out to the public, and the people have to be punished.”

Thus says Representative John Murtha (D-PA) about the incident in Haditha.  This “Hero” of the Democrat Party has designated himself Judge, Jury, and Executioner of the Marines involved in the Haditha affair, all without hearing a single bit of testimony. 

What a guy! What a fair minded Congressman.  What a jerk!

Statements like the above and stories the press carries in which conclusions are reached and accusations are made without a shred of evidence deserve to be called what they are, reckless, uninformed, dangerous, politically motivated hate speech toward our troops and their mission.

Comments from the Leftist bloggers leave no mistake as to their opinion of our military.

From Arianna Huffington:

“jaw-dropping accounts of drugged up, hallucinating, and stressed out U.S. troops, "killing the wrong people all the time..."

“ the killings in Haditha -- like Abu Ghraib, like Bagram, like Guantanamo, like all the everyday, unheralded horrors perpetrated on innocent Iraqi civilians.”

Nothing like an adoptive American (she’s a naturalized citizen) slandering our troops. Maybe she needs to be sent packing,

Murtha served in Viet Nam, so what?  Benedict Arnold was a hero of the Revolution just before he betrayed his nation. 

Brave John Murtha.  John Murtha of The “Cut and Run” Strategy.  

  • Twenty-three years ago, John Murtha recommended to President Reagan that he should pull the troops out of Lebanon.
  • Thirteen years ago he advised President Clinton to cut and run from Somalia.  
  • A year ago he proposed that the troops be withdrawn in 6 months—and redeploy them to Okinawa, a mere hop, skip and monstrous jump from Iraq. 
Now that’s what I call a determined leader, dedicated to the principle of freedom and democracy.  Sort of a “So long! Oh and thanks for letting us get rid of Saddam Hussein, you guys are on your own now.  Have a nice day.”  With friends like Murtha, Iraq doesn’t need any more enemies. Nor, it seems, do our troops in Iraq. 

Looks like every decade or so, Mad Captain Jack Murtha’s feet start getting antsy and he hankers to “cut and run” like a Democrat.

As for Senator John Kerry-Heinz—who served in Vietnam, by the way—he is also part of the “cut and run” Democrat strategy.  It is his turn to call for a total withdrawal in 6 months. 

On Monday he introduced an amendment to the Military spending bill that would require President Bush to bring all U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by year's end.  He too is a man of strength and commitment. Just don’t rely on him to be consistent. 

Who knows, depending on what the poll numbers say, next week he may introduce another amendment demanding President Bush pledge to keep our troops there for the next 2 decades.  These weighty matters require serious study and (political) analysis.  One doesn’t just go off half-cocked.  I mean what if the people decide they want to stay the course?  Poor John, he has so many decisions to make and so small a brain. Too bad he can only flip in one direction at a time.

What is it with the Democrats and the 6 month thing?  Is there something magical about the number 6?  Senator Harken has also come out for the 6 month idea.  Hmmm...666.  You don’t suppose...nah, can’t be...can it?  You never know. The anti-Christ is supposed to come from central Europe and old “I actually voted for the funding, before I voted against it” Kerry-Heinz is a wanna be Frenchman.  France is in central Europe...sort of.  Lord knows the Democrats want to take back the reigns of our government so badly that they would sell their souls to achieve it; maybe they did.

Alright, I’ve had my fun. Now let’s get back to my original claim.  I did call these critics of the war dangerous, didn’t I? So let’s see why.

In combat situations, events happen in the blink of an eye.  Consequently our troops have to be able to make instant decisions in order to save their lives and those of their brother soldiers (apologies to the other services, for expedience I’m going to use the terms soldiers and troops interchangeably even though in the specific instance of Haditha we are talking about Marines).  In those situations, to hesitate is to die. 

When their actions are criticized and unsubstantiated charges are made against them for doing their jobs as they are trained to do, then doubt can creep into their minds.  They may begin to think:

“Should I clear this room in which I believe there is a hostile presence or should I  make sure there are no civilians in there?  I don’t want to get into trouble for doing what I believe is right.”

In a combat situation this is frequently a fatal doubt.  These soldiers suffer enough over the “collateral” casualties they cause, without the weight of presumptive guilt being lumped on them by a bunch of arm-chair generals peering over their shoulders looking for mistakes in hopes of scoring political points.

You don’t have to take my word for it, just ask Sgt Ilario Pantano who was falsely accused of executing two Iraqi civilians in 2004.  The ordeal he went through was terrible, yet he said that what these marines are going through is far worse because of all the political one-upsmanship going on by critics of the war. 

Sgt Pantano only had to deal with a military tribunal, not a bunch of Democrat politicians and Pulizer pursuing reporters seeking to score points off of what has turned out to be a nightmare. In an interview on Hannity and Colmes, he made the very points that I have been making.  This kind of accusation and conviction by the press, without even allowing the targets to respond, undermines the safety of our troops. It causes them to hesitate.

Our troops have clearly laid out procedures for entering a suspected hostile environment.  It is called “clearing.”  If they suspect that hostiles are on the other side of a door, they are to burst the door open, roll in a grenade, and then follow up with a large volume of small arms fire.  Not very discriminating perhaps but it saves the lives of our soldiers.

We also know that the terrorists with whom we are fighting have no compunction at using civilians as shields.  In fact they do so on purpose hoping to make headlines of the sort we are now seeing.  It makes great propaganda for them and the Democrat Party. 

If you’re willing to explode a car bomb in the middle of a market to exact the maximum number of dead Iraqi civilians, what do you care about the few you are using as a shield?

Now for a bunch of politicians (the Democrats) who continually express outward concern for the welfare of our troops and who follow the daily American death toll and punctuate every sentence about the war with the current numbers of American dead and wounded, I find it curious that they would be so cavalier in their leap to convict our troops of wrong doing in the absence of any real evidence (the simple existence of civilian casualties is not that evidence).  They must know that undermining the confidence of those same troops can only further add to the danger they are in. 

Could it be that they wish for more casualties so they can use them in their campaign against the war and against the President?  I wouldn’t go so far as to assert that they don’t care about the welfare of our boys in Iraq, but one does have to wonder.

Why are they so quick to believe the worst about our soldiers?  Why are Democrats more willing to believe the claims of the Iraqis than the word of our own troops?  Why are they more willing to believe the words of terrorists who have been released from detention than they are the troops who are assigned to guard them? 

Clearly one reason is that Democrats and more specifically Liberals have always feared and distrusted our military.  They are the same folks who always seek to blame America first.

Finally let’s discuss the aid and comfort those on the Left are giving to our enemies. 

Rest assured that the terrorists and insurgents are reading, watching, and listening to every word that appears in the media.  Every grandstanding political speech against the war, every accusation made against our troops and our government, all of it is fodder for their propaganda mill.  Everytime they hear Senator Kerry-Heinz call for a quick cut and run withdrawal of our troops they think they can outlast us. 

Not only that, but everytime an Iraqi citizen who is not quite sure whether he should give his allegience to the elected government or to one of the insurgent faction hears those words, it gives him cause to reflect, another reason to doubt.

For people who actually are compassionate, not merely paying lip service, the only possible course is to see the war through.  The only compassionate action is to make sure that the Iraqi people get their chance to build a safe, stable, democratic, and open government.

I have been criticized (surprise) for accusing those speaking out against the war of being traitors. They ask, “Can’t we even criticize the war?  Isn’t that what freedom of speech is all about?”  Short answer, if it endangers our troops, if it endangers our security, NO! 

Giving aid and comfort to the enemy is treason.  Undermining the moral of our troops in a time of war is treason.  Being an advocate for the enemy is...treason.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!!

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