Friday, April 04, 2003


Here's another example of the kind of bullshit which drives me up the wall:

Since this war started, there have been reports issued about finding chemical suits and gas masks. Just seconds ago, CNN bobblehead doll Robin Meade tried to connect the dots for all of us benighted retards when someone reported from the field that an embedded journalist had seen "gas masks on the bodies of Iraqi soldiers." Robin, military genius that she is, said, roughly, "That does bring up a good question, why would they be worrying about protecting themselves from chemical weapons if they weren't planning on using them?"

Doesn't Robin know that every American soldier in the field is required to carry a gas mask? Does that mean, then, that Americans intend to use chemical weapons? Of course not. It only means that soldiers have to protect themselves against their enemy.

I know that there are some that think that I'm implying that American soldiers would use chemical weapons, but I'm not. I'm sure that Iraqis don't believe we'll use chemical weapons, either. We could very possibly use CS (tear) gas, though, which could be fended off by the same kinds of gas masks.

Robin Meade and her ilk are either blatantly carrying the Bushies' propaganda water, are woefully uninformed or are just simply idiots.

I think they're all three.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

In defense of their country

I'm back. It took me a while to get around to writing about anything concerning this war. Everything I began to say just seemed to degenerate into cursing and pointless invective. I beg pardon from my few loyal readers, who have asked me why I abandoned my post.

Having said that, I want to ease back into writing by addressing a phrase that has been driving me absolutely apeshit since the beginning of the war. These meathead journalists of both the right and "so-called liberal media" varieties keep saying that the soldiers and Marines who are fighting and dying in Iraq are "defending their country." Fox News uses it. CNN uses it. Katie Couric and Matt Lauer have used it. The thing is, the phrase is absolutely incorrect.

There is no defense involved here, people. Not on our side. We have launched an offensive campaign into a foreign country without having been first attacked. After World War II, the Nazis tried to say that they had simply launched an attack on Poland in self-defense. Members of the Nuremberg court and American journalists pointed out that the evidence that suggested Poland was going to attack Germany was trumped up and, even if the threat had been real, Germany had no right to pre-emptively attack in self-defense. This, the court said, was not self-defense, but aggression.

Now, we are in a war that was started based on charges that UN inspectors called "garbage." We attacked without provocation. We are aggressors here.

Still, as a member of the military, I support our troops. I want them to come home safe and I know that those who lead them are not going to stop this war until it's won. The soldier's lot is not to reason why. I know that. However, while they are fighting for our country right now, they're not fighting in defense of it.