17 August 2007

Support Our Troops

John Rogers at Kung Fu Monkey debunks every chickenhawk yelling “Support Our Troops.”
The problem is, these yahoos have managed an ugly trick. They have turned criticism of the policies of Bastards in Suits into criticism of The People in Uniform Getting Shot At. This, of course, is completely wrong, as one can easily tell the difference between the Bastards in Suits and The People in Uniform Getting Shot At. One group is in Suits, and Not Getting Shot At, while another is in Uniform, and Getting Shot At. Please, try to grasp this. Not the same.

There is a flip side. Some people confuse supporting the Bastards in Suits for supporting The People in Uniform Getting Shot At. This is, again, ridiculous. If the history of modern warfare has taught us anything, it's that the Bastards in Suits spend an awful lot of time working the kinks out of plans involving The People in Uniform dying unpleasantly. They often screw that up. When they do screw up, it is incumbent upon Bastards in Suits to suffer criticism and fix the situation, as by comparison The People in Uniform are suffering shattered skulls, missing limbs and death. Which is, on my scale, exponentially more traumatic than criticism.

Some people even seem confused on how we are criticizing the Bastards in Suits. The Bastards have a job to do. They are not doing it. Period.

Click through; there's lots more, including a wise discourse on the use of the term “chickenhawk,” and it's all spot-on.

1 comment:

Morpheus said...

Ha. I love this, it's utterly perfect.

Particularly the bit about the difference between suffering criticism vs. suffering shattered skulls, missing limbs, and death. It suggests the satisfying, if unrealistic, notion of creating a special draft just for public officials.