On engineered outrage.
A few things strike me about pissgate-- first, unsurprisingly, and quite deplorably, is the media running it up the flagpole with just about as much manufactured indignation as they can muster.
Even though the bodies in question were previously an un-uniformed illegal enemy of our country. Even though said enemy were prone to beheading journalists on video, using houses of worship to stockpile ammunition and in many cases do outright battle from them while using non-combatants as cover. Even though they harbored, trained and aided those who carried out the most horrific attack on civilians in our nation's history. And even though they regularly blew up and maimed thousands of our troops using illegal methods of warfare. Pissing on their corpses? Well, that's just out of line.
All that is fairly unsurprising-- after all, most all members of the mainstream media want nothing more than for our enemies to win.
What is surprising, though, is the hand-wringing bullshit that immediately started dribbling out of the military powers that be, the very second the media started manufacturing outcry. This just won't stand! Why, after we shoot someone who's trying to kill all of us, we need to offer the dead the utmost respect. Just like they do for us. Right? ... right?
I'm well aware when the average joe on the street became a complete pussy. Likewise, there's little doubt when the media stopped wanting us to win wars. What I'm unsure of, though, is when exactly our freakin' military leaders became a collection of whiny little bitches.
UPDATE: At least we have a few sane people left in government.
“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.
“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”
posted by Mr. Lion | 01/13/12 @ 15:59 | comments (0)