Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!
« That Weird Video Explained | Main | The Arkin Files »
February 01, 2007
Whiny, Simpering Arkin Stands Behind Attack on Troops
They are mercenaries! he says. Not mercenaries for money -- he was "dead wrong" to say that -- but mercenaries for the "true nation" they've deceived themselves they represent. A "true nation" pretty much consisting of only themselves and other like-minded murderbots.
Sounds pretty much like I expected him to. National Security Reporter, huh?
Must listen stuff. Also, his blog is full of whiny poor-me crap and further attacks on the troops.
The Arrogant and Intolerant Speak Out
Heh. Yeah, he's really braving the bullets, huh? The heart-stopping sound of an email whizzing by, the ominous thumping of far-away blog positions, the terrible screaming of incoming criticism... Why, in a way, he's the real soldier defending liberty with his very life, unlike those "mercenaries" who only think they are.
Exit question: Since Arkin asserts that the troops should not be allowed to influence the public's opinion on the war, and since the entire left demands that anyone supporting the war become a troop himself -- has the left pretty much created a Catch-22 by which any and all support for the war is illegitimate?
Second exit question: How long before William Arkin "decides" out of his "own initiative" to "take a sabbatical from the Washington Post" to "spend some more time with his
The WaPo can't fire him. Or can't be seen to fire him. But they can let him know his services are no longer welcome.
Sorry, that won't work, jackass. If one writes a long screed about how the evil homos are just dying to get their hands on our kids and pervert them, one can hardly then say, "But if you read just certain parts of my column -- minus all that stuff about fags wanting to diddle our kids -- you'll see I was calling for a general reduction in promiscuity in not just the gay community, but in America at large."
Furthermore, his "philosophical" point is rather obvious, and could have been said in just a few sentences, minus the anti-military hatred. Here it is:
While troops have the right to offer opinions on the rectitude and efficacy of their mission, and the public should listen to them just as it should listen to any expert, the decision of where, when, and for how long to use force remains an exclusively civilian decision. And while we should support the troops with all the materiel they need to keep themselves safe and win the fights we put them in, as well as giving them honor for their service, that support does not, and cannot, extend to letting they themselves decide, exclusively, which wars we should fight and which we should not.
Wow. There's the "big philosopical point." Pretty goddamned obvious, no?
Sorry, but no one's really disputing your "philosophical" point, Sally. Because it's self-evident. It barely needs to be said, but, to the extent it's said, it can be said without calling our troops pampered, whiny, demanding murder-and-rape-crazed "mercenaries."
We're angry about the seething leftist hatred you showed for better men than you (and, let's face it -- more manful betters than you, too).
Incidentally, does anyone doubt for one moment that had the report that sent him into leftist la-la land gone the other way -- with troops complaining that their mission was impossible and stating that they'd like to come home ASAP -- Arkin would have written a precisely opposite post about the "wisdom and expertise of our very-professional highly-educated military"?
It woud have been insincere, of course. But any club within arm's reach for these people.
Ricardo Kill: ""Every year, there are reports of Italians tragica ..."
Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s]: "We do likewise on the Gulf Coast, with our meatbal ..."
Ricardo Kill: ""Birthdays, etc. It's almost as if they don't care ..."
Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ): "You have to be very careful when you're harvesting ..."
Lizzy [/i]: ">>Which would you rather do, stay there and ..."
Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i]: ""I believe we've discussed not mixing the pasta an ..."
Ricardo Kill: ""But I did not know, until this day, that it was D ..."
Aetius451AD: "271 It can be done. Chef Biordi was the first to p ..."
grammie winger, sign of The Time: " I guess Mooch is not spending Valentines Day wit ..."
Citizen Cake: "Our free trade agreements seem to mean we freely t ..."
Brother Cavil, hither and yon: "[i]"Plus, you can just scrape right off, the pesto ..."
Bruce With a Wang!: " Pub landlord 'told by council officers to remove ..."
EMT 2/13/16 [krakatoa]
Overnight Open Thread (12 Feb 2016)
Damn It Feels Good to be a Clinton
AoSHQ Podcast #133: Michael Walsh
Two great MilBlogs (XBradTC)
Very Nice Gun Rights Piece
Nature vs. Nurture (CBD)
Morning Thread (2-12-2016)
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Real Clear Politics
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Primary Document: The Audio
Paul Anka Haiku Contest Announcement
Integrity SAT's: Entrance Exam for Paul Anka's Band
AllahPundit's Paul Anka 45's Collection
AnkaPundit: Paul Anka Takes Over the Site for a Weekend (Continues through to Monday's postings)
George Bush Slices Don Rumsfeld Like an F*ckin' Hammer
Top Top Tens
Democratic Forays into Erotica
New Shows On Gore's DNC/MTV Network
Nicknames for Potatoes, By People Who Really Hate Potatoes
Star Wars Euphemisms for Self-Abuse
Signs You're at an Iraqi "Wedding Party"
Signs Your Clown Has Gone Bad
Signs That You, Geroge Michael, Should Probably Just Give It Up
Signs of Hip-Hop Influence on John Kerry
NYT Headlines Spinning Bush's Jobs Boom
Things People Are More Likely to Say Than "Did You Hear What Al Franken Said Yesterday?"
Signs that Paul Krugman Has Lost His Frickin' Mind
All-Time Best NBA Players, According to Senator Robert Byrd
Other Bad Things About the Jews, According to the Koran
Signs That David Letterman Just Doesn't Care Anymore
Examples of Bob Kerrey's Insufferable Racial Jackassery
Signs Andy Rooney Is Going Senile
Other Judgments Dick Clarke Made About Condi Rice Based on Her Appearance
Collective Names for Groups of People
John Kerry's Other Vietnam Super-Pets
Cool Things About the XM8 Assault Rifle
Media-Approved Facts About the Democrat Spy
Changes to Make Christianity More "Inclusive"
Secret John Kerry Senatorial Accomplishments
John Edwards Campaign Excuses
John Kerry Pick-Up Lines
Changes Liberal Senator George Michell Will Make at Disney
Torments in Dog-Hell
The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Movable Type 2.64