Washington Post's William Arkin Against Our Troops



©2007 Sharon Hughes 


We talked about anti-war protesters spitting on, cursing, flicking cigarette butts at Pfc Joshua Sparling on the show this week, as well as...

William M. Arkin's article, "Early Warning" in the Washington Post last week. No matter what spin he tries to put on why he wrote the article...it is Absolutely unbelievable!

Talk about turned completely upside down! Thinking that instead of Americans needing to stand with our troops, our troops should be grateful that Americans have continued to stand with them through Abu Ghraib and Haditha, etc. Just take a look at some of what he said as a result of "mulling over an NBC Nightly News report by Richard Engel from Iraq"...

"I'm all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also hope that military commanders took the soldiers aside after the story and explained to them why it wasn't for them to disapprove of the American people."

"Troops here say they are increasingly frustrated by American criticism of the war. Many take it personally, believing it is also criticism of what they've been fighting for."

In response to what some of the soldiers said such as...

21 year old Tyler Johnson, who Engel said "was frustrated about war skepticism and thinks that critics should come over and see what it's like firsthand before criticizing. 'You may support or say we support the troops, but, so you're not supporting what they do, what they're here sweating for, what we bleed for, what we die for. It just don't make sense to me.'"

And Staff Sergeant Manuel Sahagun on his second tour in Iraq . "...complained that 'one thing I don't like is when people back home say they support the troops, but they don't support the war. If they're going to support us, support us all the way.'"

Excuse me...complained???

And Specialist Peter Manna who said, "If they don't think we're doing a good job, everything that we've done here is all in vain."

Arkin then writes:

"These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President's handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect. Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order. Sure, it is the junior enlisted men who go to jail. But even at anti-war protests, the focus is firmly on the White House and the policy. We don't see very many "baby killer" epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon.

The Washington Post, and Arkin, are so out of touch!! Case in point Pfc Joshua Sparling to name just one.

Arkin goes on to write:

"So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?"

Absolutely unbelievable!! The liberals not only donít get it...but their attitude is reprehensible!

Does this sound to you like an attitude that supports our troops? Ah, absolutely not.



Sharon  Hughes is Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews and a radio talk show host on KDIA AM1640 in San Francisco, RIGHTALK.com, and online at Oneplace.com. Her column appears in many recognized news sites and publications, most recently FRONTPAGEMAG. She also writes for  NewsBusters.org., a division of The Media Research Center. For further information visit her Websites www.changingworldviews.com, WOMANTalk.us, and Blog http://changingworldviews.blogspot.com. Or Contact: sharon@changingworldviews.com 


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