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Sunday, August 07, 2005

The mood is turning

An increasing number of returned American soldiers are gathering their voices against the Iraq war:

"When asked what he would say to Mr. Bush if he had the chance to speak to him, Abdul Henderson, a corporal in the Marines who served in Iraq from March until May, 2003, took a deep breath and said, "It would be two hits – me hitting him and him hitting the floor. I see this guy in the most prestigious office in the world, and this guy says 'bring it on.' A guy who ain't never been shot at, never seen anyone suffering, saying 'bring it on?' He gets to act like a cowboy in a western movie…it's sickening to me."

Dahr Jamail reports.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

Oh puhLEEEEEZE, Ant, is this the best you can do? Some little opportunistic ratbag hooked up with that man of the people Michael Moore? Yes, that's it, war's over, sorry 'bout the mess guys, bring on sharia, America will just retreat into its shell and bring back Jimmy Carter for prez (hey, that's a Ant wet dream, isn't it?)

Every war has its discontent and malcontents...Vietnam had more than its share of John Kerrys (perhaps Abdul hankers to throw someone else's medals over the White House fence, marry for money, and destroy the DEmocratic Party as well?), World War II had some as well. But the power of the internet and mass communications - coupled with a sudden belief that any loser with a bon e to pick with W. deserves media oxygen - gives these guys more power than they deserve.

Bush never been shot at? Neither had FDR. Big deal.

Monday, August 08, 2005 8:48:00 am  
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Monday, August 08, 2005 9:09:00 am  
Blogger paul said...

Why not buttonhole Stephen Funk for a comment as well? Deserters don't tens to be terribly representative of the views of the average Jarhead and Grunt in the field, and would be lucky to escape in one piece from said serving troops. No surprise, seeing as you dills quote Malcolm Fraser as a source on Liberal Party policies.

Monday, August 08, 2005 10:56:00 am  
Blogger Vasco Pyjama said...

This is not really in response to your post, Antony, but it is my concern about this discussion in general.

Everyone seems to be talking about whether to pull the troops out or not. But no one seems to be really discussing what is best for Iraq. I find it kinda disturbing.

I mean, I was opposed to the Iraq war. But given where we are now, what is the best (ie., most moral) decision to be made? Eg., is this like Vietnam, or is it more like Haiti and Somalia, where withdrawl will lead to a significant deterioration in the security for civilians.

I wish there was a much more rigourous discussion this in the mainstream media. Does anyone know where I can find this discussion?

Monday, August 08, 2005 2:36:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

This is not the only instance of this kind of internal discontent.

I heard a story this morning on NewsRadio about the mother of a dead soldier who is protesting outside Bush's ranch. She wants to know what her son really died for.

This CNN story covers it pretty well.

And Shab, if you care to look there are a number of ex-military personnel who have been against the war - and the characteristics of its conduct - for some time. A good example is Col. Daniel Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.) who writes pretty prolifically for

Log out of Chenkroff and Blair and do some actual research - with your eyes open.

Monday, August 08, 2005 7:56:00 pm  

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