Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The smear of this generation of veterans builds

Taking out their tried and true smear template, the Hollywood Left and their fellow travelers are starting out to libel today's veterans just like they did Vietnam veterans. I don't think they can help themselves.

For the sake of this post, it would be best if you have read B.G. Burkett's book Stolen Valor. If you have not read it; buy it, read it, and then donate it to your local library.

He exposes the macro lies, smears, and half truths that the anti-war/anti-military/anti-veteran slathered over the Vietnam veterans. He exposed the methods, reasons, and styles of the victim/PTSD/homeless-dirty-vet-in-a-boonie-hat hucksters exceptionally well.

The Vietnam Vet pushed by The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, and the rest of that ilk does not have anything to do with the facts, demographics, or social statistics of those vets. I see that at my micro level as well. They are 180 degree opposites of the folks I served with early in my career, my Uncle, my Dad's friends, and my neighbors.

I saw this coming last year. The usual subjects and plot lines are coming out. You are starting to see the focus on the "gun crazy Iraq vet."

Two of my favorite shows have forced me to turn away in disgust. Three come to mind from memory; there may be more.

- Law and Order. On 22 SEP 04 we were treated to, wait for it, you got it - an Abu Ghraib story where an Iraqi immigrant who murders a former military policewoman in retaliation for torturing her brother at Abu Ghraib prison.
- Law and Order: SVU - Last week had a prostitute that was dismembered. Why was she a prostitute? Well, it seems she had her knee blow apart in the OIF and was put out of the Army and addicted to pain killers my the VA as she was recovering and sold her body to support her habit.
- Law and Order: SVU - Tonight was the last straw. Did you catch it?
10pm 2005-05-24 ALL NEW!

VIOLENT POLICE BEHAVIOR IS LINKED TO AN ANTI-MALARIA DRUG, ADMINISTERED TO THEM BY THE U.S. ARMY-When two Police officers from separate precincts attack their wives and demonstrate suicidal behavior, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Chris Meloni) investigate, and connect the incidents to both men serving in the same Reserve unit in Afghanistan. Linking this behavior to a similar trail of attacks in 2002 by officers, Benson and Stabler connect this to a drug called Quinium, which the Army prescribes to fight malaria. When they discover that the Army is aware of its side affects, Novak (Diane Neal) goes after the government for administering the drug. Meanwhile, Detective Stabler faces some tough personal issues at home with his wife. Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Ice-T and B.D. Wong also star. TV-14
See the trend?

I'm still pissed. I am tired of "them" using any chance to smear or put the military in a bad light, but will do nothing to show the good being done. Do they have any idea how insulting this is? Do they care? Do they have any friends or family in the military?

Harumph, I think I know the answer.

UPDATE: Blackfive and his band of happy warriors is on the hunt as well. He had joined up with what looks like an outstanding new place to add to your AM read; MediaSlander. Read it early, read it often. Thanks Clay.

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