Arkin: The Troops need to Shut Up and Take the Insults

A man named William Arkin writing at a Washington Post blog says that the troops need to support anti-war Americans and their views. He writes this in reference to the NBC Nightly News video of US troops asking that Americans support them all the way. Arkin’s essay is nothing more than a string of insult after insult. Here’s just a few:

I’ve been mulling over an NBC Nightly News report from Iraq last Friday in which a number of soldiers expressed frustration with opposition to war in the United States.

I’m sure the soldiers were expressing a majority opinion common amongst the ranks – that’s why it is news – and I’m also sure no one in the military leadership or the administration put the soldiers up to expressing their views, nor steered NBC reporter Richard Engel to the story.

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.

In other words, our troops should be told to just shut up and allow the left to insult them. How dare they defend themselves.

And get this paragraph:

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?

The only person who thinks the troops are above society is you. You resent them for an attitude that they don’t have but you apply to them anyway. And since you asked the question, yes you should defer to the military and the generals and let them fight the war.

Take a look at this slap:

But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary – oops sorry, volunteer – force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.

And there’s this one:

I’ll accept that the soldiers, in order to soldier on, have to believe that they are manning the parapet, and that’s where their frustrations come in. I’ll accept as well that they are young and naïve and are frustrated with their own lack of progress and the never changing situation in Iraq. Cut off from society and constantly told that everyone supports them, no wonder the debate back home confuses them.

Arkin actually thinks the troops are lying to themselves when they say that what they are doing is important? What bunk.

Everything in this essay is complete bunk, not to mention arrogant and patronizing.

If you’re wondering who William Arkin is, check out Hugh Hewitt’s piece at The Weekly Standard.

Update: Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive has a few choice words for Mr. Arkin.

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