In an Obama presidency it will once again be “cool” to spit on U.S. troops as they return from overseas deployments.
Especially if you have “23 year Army veterans” helping change the public mood on that point.
A prominent local Barack Obama backer bashed John McCain’s military record Monday, calling the Republican presidential candidate a “self-promoter.”
In a nearly-half hour speech, Democratic congressional candidate Bill Gillespie praised Obama, his party’s leading White House hopeful.
For one thing, the closest this guy ever got to combat was when he stabbed himself with his butter knife in the mess hall.
I get to say that. I was once the “senior logistician” for the 24th Infantry Division. (That and $4.50 gets me a grande latte at Starbucks.) So I know exactly what this tool’s “wartime” military job entailed and I know the only “dog of war” he ever heard bark was a Chihuahua. Color me underwhelmed. There are no front lines anymore? Puh-leeze, support types are not even remotely placed at the same level of risk as those whose job it is to kick in doors in Ramadi every day.
There is an unwritten rule in the Army when it comes to discussing the relative contributions of combat arms types (armor, infantry, artillery, engineers, aviation, spec ops) and those of support types. The combat arms types understand they carry the burden of doing the actual fighting, bleeding and dying out of proportion to their numbers. The support types understand this also and agree to STFU out of respect for that effort.
So it is especially galling to find a guy who spent most of his career in the “rear with the gear” calling out an actual war hero.
McCain, Gillespie added, was “somebody who needed to stand out, someone that needed to draw attention to themselves and … was usually out for themselves.”
Ah, me thinks this is a bit of projection, no? I mean, how else would a mere candidate ever get noticed by the big dog – the Obamessiah himself – unless he did something noteworthy, or said something particularly outrageous? Maybe Bill is trying to score some of that DNC cash here to help in his race. This would certainly get him noticed, right? This rube is counting on the fact civilians cannot tell an actual hero from a poseur. Come to think of it, on the political left, that’s probably true.
This seems to be a pattern with Obama supporters – the return of disdain for the military. If it is not outright disdain, then it is outright surrender on the part of the candidate himself. Jim Geraghty notes this over at The Corner and (UPDATE) Hotair has the laundry list. What’s worse is in this case it comes from someone who knows, or ought to know exactly what McCain did and why he ought to honor not only what happened to McCain, but also the man himself.
Here’s some advice Bill, attack his policies, not who he is. Especially when your own record is not much to write home about. Again, you’re counting on the fact no one who knows anything is going to point out where your own record comes up short. So if you can’t shut up, at least try not to beclown yourself.
Oh, and if y’all really want to tell Gillespie how you feel, go leave him a note on his blog.
You just watch, over the next few years Thomas Paine’s quote will gain a lot more currency.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country.