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Another one out of the closet
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, September 18, 2008

The things you can find offered as serious journalism.
PERHAPS the most insidious byproduct of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been a reflexive sanctification of the military. To put this in bumper stickerese: Support the Troops.

Well, I have an ugly confession to make: I don't support the troops - at least not unconditionally. When somebody tells me they serve in the military, my first impulse isn't to say, "Thank you for your service!" like those insufferable chickenhawks on talk radio.

My first impulse is to say, "I'm sorry to hear that." Because I am. I'm sorry to know that the person I'm talking to might someday be maimed or killed on the job, or might someday kill someone else. Or refuel a plane that drops bombs on buildings.

I can't see how anyone who calls himself or herself Christian - or human, for that matter - wouldn't be sorry.

The fact that we have an army, that we need an army, is inherently tragic. It's an admission that our species is still ruled by fear and aggression.
Almond characterizes those who support the troops with a slogan. His intent is to point out, at least in his opinion, how unthinking and "knee-jerk" such a position is.

He then manages to quickly write himself into the same corner. In his case, the "bumper stickereese" is "war is never the answer."

Both notions - unconditional support of the troops and "war is never the answer" - are naive and unthinking extremist positions.

Almond asserts that there are those out there on one extreme (like the evil "chickenhawks") who unconditionally support the troops. Ironically Almond them proves there are extremists on the other side who believe war is never the answer. That would be him.

All of that was simply a preface to allow him to present, in all it's splendor [/sarcasm], a boilerplate rant against the "military-industrial complex" and "war profiteers".

I assume, although I can't understand why, the Boston Globe pays him for this tripe.

Ain't life grand?
 
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The English language doesn’t have a word strong enough to convey just how much of a slimeball this fellow is without slipping into outright profanity.

Btw, for a moment I thought I had clicked onto the wrong blog when I saw the title of your post... ;-)
 
Written By: John
URL: http://averagegayjoe.blogspot.com
Well, I have an ugly confession to make: I don’t support journalists- at least not unconditionally. When somebody tells me they write for a living, my first impulse isn’t to say, "That’s cool" like those insufferable lefties.

My first impulse is to say, "I’m sorry to hear that." Because I am. I’m sorry to know that the person I’m talking to might someday maim or torture the facts of a story on the job, or might someday kill someone’s credibility with poorly researched data. Or completely bomb and reprint opinions masquerading as fact.
 
Written By: Robb Allen
URL: http://blog.robballen.com
lol Robb, that was precious
 
Written By: kyleN
URL: http://impudent.blognation.us/blog
The Glob pays him because they sell most of their papers in Massachusetts, and I’ll bet most of those in suburban Boston.

This is the same place where a letter to editor lamented the ’jack booted, helmeted police’ marching in a parade that made a woman and her son, who was too young to understand any of it, "feel like they were living in the middle of a war-torn-city" simply because she couldn’t use the street she normally used to drive where she wanted to drive.



 
Written By: looker
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Good one, Robb!

My first impulse is to say, "I’m sorry to hear that." Because I am. I’m sorry to know that the person I’m talking to might someday be maimed or killed on the job, or might someday kill someone else. Or refuel a plane that drops bombs on buildings.

I wonder if he feels the same way about firefighters or police officers. They, too, might someday be mained or killed on the job, or (in the case of a police officer) have to kill somebody else.

As a personal matter, I’m pretty grateful that there are men and women who are WILLING to do those jobs. I thank the good Lord that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen standing between me and the brutes around the world who want me dead because I happen to be an American. I’m also pretty proud of our men and women in uniform: they and their forebears have set a pretty good record of service, demonstrating great valour and skill in war as well as great humanity and mercy in peace.

We live in a free country (note to Almond: because of our armed forces, s***head), so Almond is entitled to believe and say what he likes. But I must say this his bigotry against the very people who keep his sorry ass safe - who are willing to die to keep his sorry ass safe - speaks volumes about just what a waste of a human life he really is.
 
Written By: docjim505
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Amazing how how you can say all that when the quote itself contradicts you.
The fact that we have an army, that we need an army, is inherently tragic. It’s an admission that our species is still ruled by fear and aggression.
And this one too, that you didn’t include your quote;
I’m happy to do so [pay the taxes that pay for the military], as long as I believe those soldiers are being deployed on a mission that feels morally necessary - targeting terrorists who seek to kill civilians, for instance, or trying to prevent a genocide.
He’s sorry they’re the one stuck with the job. It’s not anything near saying that war is never the answer. And he’s saying the war on Iraq, as opposed to the war with alQaeda (which, despite all the arguments you and the other members of the Republican noise machine make are two very different things), should not have been fought.

You’re being postmodern with a vengeance.
 
Written By: kishnevi
URL: http://kishnevi.wordpress.com/
You’re being postmodern with a vengeance.
Actually I’m able to spot attempts to shield his rhetoric with a few well chosen throw-away lines which don’t conform with the rest of his message while, apparently, you aren’t.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.QandO.net
Pity the soldier. He fights for us unconditionally. She places herself in harm’s way for democracy. He will sacrifice his life for freedom. She will go to war because it is her duty.

The problem is with the chiefs, not the soldiers. Be careful at whom you throw stones.
 
Written By: Rick
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... targeting terrorists who seek to kill civilians, for instance, or trying to prevent a genocide.
Because clearly that would would never involve killing or being injured. It’s well-known how terrorists and genocidal fanatics give up without a fight at nothing more than a stern look.

Oh, sorry, I was thinking of Democrats there. Never mind.
 
Written By: Achillea
URL: http://
Mr. Almond doesn’t know what he is talking about
"But their sworn duty is to wage war."
Untrue. Actually we swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
"But we don’t pay them simply for their patriotism or integrity. We also pay them to kill people."
Sadly, it often comes to that. When the duly constituted civilian government of this nation decides to send us into harm’s way at the direction of the President and with a bipartisan majority in both houses of Congress, the armed forces will use sufficient violence to complete the mission assigned to them. Unlike our adversaries, however, we operate under internationally agreed rules of warfare and abide by the Geneva Conventions.
"Anyone who pays taxes in this country ’supports the troops.’ We’re the ones who subsidize their training and equipment and medical care and education.

"I’m happy to do so, as long as I believe those soldiers are being deployed on a mission that feels morally necessary - targeting terrorists who seek to kill civilians, for instance, or trying to prevent a genocide."
I take it by this statement the Mr. Almond would support the removal of Saddam Hussein - a man tried, convicted and executed for genocide against the Kurds. Also, he would approve the use of force to destroy Al Qaeda in Iraq - a force under Abu Musab al Zarqawi that had been in Iraq a year before we arrived. AQI’s bombing campaign targeted places of worship and markets where the civilian death toll would be highest.

BTW, Harry Reid says taxes are voluntary. If you don’t agree, just don’t pay them.
 
Written By: arch
URL: http://
I also bet Mr. Almond would gladly have an armed policeman use force to defend his family should someone come breaking into his house.

I also bet that, if someone were to try to silence him, that he’d be very thankful for the implied threat of force that protects his speech.

911 - What pacifists call when they cheat.
 
Written By: Robb Allen
URL: http://blog.robballen.com
The fact that we have an army, that we need an army, is inherently tragic.
I agree. BUT, we do.
 
Written By: Is
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Is, the irony is similar to me carrying a concealed handgun. I do it not because I am predatorialy violent, but to protect myself from those who are. The failure and tragedy lies within them, not me.

Modern America is not interested in conquest. I can accept the argument (although not agree with it) that the Iraq war was misguided and not necessary, but I don’t entertain the notion that we did it out of some sense of conquering or vengeance.
 
Written By: Robb Allen
URL: http://blog.robballen.com
which, despite all the arguments you and the other members of the Republican noise machine make are two very different things
Translation: That which I assert without evidence is true, facts that would contradict my baseless assetions will be ignored.

I believe you.

 
Written By: MarkD
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The human race is still ruled by aggression?

And this is some sort of insight?

This really is proof that certain westerners are too deeply entombed in their comforts to ever think straight again.
 
Written By: shark
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Someone should send Almond a copy of The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes.

Also, There is a Ted Talk called "A Brief history of violence," by Steven Pinker that points out that Hobbes may well have been correct.
 
Written By: arch
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