Carol Platt Liebau: Using the Military

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Using the Military

So, according to this piece, the Democratic strategy for 2006 involves using military bases for politics, in contravention of Defense Department rules.

What's most notable about the strategy document summarized in the linked piece is its relentless negativity. Tear down the war (even if it's succeeding), tear down the President, tear down morale. To what depths has a once-great American party sunk . . .

Notably absent is any policy, plan or vision for the future. The Democrats should be ashamed of themselves. Their only strategy is to try to make Americans feel worse about everything. No doubt they're patriots, but don't patriots try to to demonstrate how they can make America better -- rather than just trying to convince their fellows that America is worse?


Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Ever since 9/11 the Republcian party and the Bush administration has both used the military and military personel as their own personal PR props.

Turn that aircraft carrier, so you can't see San Diego in the background when the President's "Mission Accomplished" banner is showing on television.

Have the President deliver all of those Iraq speeches at military academies and such, where the troops can be ordered to attend and to not let the commander in chief hear what an incompetent boob he is.

Pre-script and stage a question and answer sessions with the President and troops in Iraq.

Invite military personel to Republican Party fund raising events but only if they agree to wear their uniforms (a violation of military regs), ala the Honorable Marilyn Musgrave.

Operation Swarmer designed as a PR stunt to help buff the image of the Iraqi army.

My my Miz Liebau--all that Republican mistreatment of the troops and nary a word. I think it is your own hypocrisy that is giving you the vapors.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

It's great to have a president who loves our military instead of loathing it as one former president wrote he did. And who allows his military commanders to act as they see fit, rather than making them fight a war his way, such as refusing to send heavy tanks to Somalia, then suffering multiple troop deaths for lack of them.

Why not make speeches at military installations and academies to let our military women and men know he appreciates them? Maybe if just a few Democrats praised them, voters might begin to believe our nation's security was safe in liberal hands.

Retired General Tommy Franks, in his book American Soldier, indicates he recommended that President Bush meet and praise the troops for their sacrifices. The banner was one way of doing so.

Many troops genuinely like this president. I have not seen one picture of him with a GI where that GI is making a hand signal to show he was coerced into the photo op, but I have seen one such with Sen. Clinton, and the GI, after being discharged, stated he was ordered to shake her hand. Nor has President Bush gone to court, as did V.P. Gore during his run for president, to have ballots from overseas troops thrown out.

Military commanders chose when and where to initiate Operation Swarmer, as testified to by even ABC's Pentagon reporter. If the president had wanted to play copycat, he might have invited Monica Lewinsky to his office some weekend, then had the Navy toss a few cruise missiles at an aspirin factory somewhere to cover up lying about her.

Many conservatives, including bloggers, have, when warranted by facts, criticized the GOP for any number of matters; far more than any liberals ever criticized the Clintons during their numerous legal machinations.

The selective outrage that so characterizes the liberal media has apparently infected its readers. Or perhaps it is the other way 'round.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Very well said, bachbone. Very well said indeed.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

You are right on the money, bachbone!

7:07 AM  

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