Oh NOW the left cares for the vets?

by Datechguy | January 29th, 2012

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Oh NOW the left cares for the vets?

Thurs­day I went to the Twin City Mall pay my Com­cast bill (I never pay a bill online that I can pay in per­son) and I noticed a poster on the wall adver­tis­ing a new Show­time series, Home­land! The catch line is “They see a hero, she sees a threat”.

I instantly thought of the president’s SOTU and the whole ques­tion of Vets try­ing to find work and I thought: REALLY?

For decades, DECADES the left though the enter­tain­ment indus­try, has painted the Amer­i­can Vet as unsta­ble, psy­chotic and unable to func­tion in soci­ety and we don’t have to be talk­ing about movies like The Deer­hunter or Apoc­a­lypse Now, we’ve seen it in more sub­tle ways.

Let’s give a sim­ple exam­ple of a movie you might not con­sider in this vein: For the Boys with James Caan and Bette Midler as a pair of per­form­ers who enter­tain the troops in three wars and the con­se­quences thereof. The pri­mary plot is the rela­tion­ship between the two char­ac­ters but the back­drop are the wars.

At the begin­ning of the movie they are enter­tain­ing the troops in World War 2, the theme is upbeat and while the jokes are a bit raw the troops are respect­ful and the only hint of the costs of war is a bomb­ing raid that they dance to and the funeral of Dixie (Bette Midler’s) husband.

This is despite the fact that over 400,000 US sol­diers were killed dur­ing WWII, only the Civil war killed more.

When we get to Korea, sud­denly war become a story of mud and rain and wounds and the hor­rors of war. Some­how a war that with 54,000 US deaths (36k in the­ater) is mag­ni­tudes worse than a war that was fought all over the globe, resulted in the whole­sale destruc­tion of cities and mass murder.

And since the tem­plate had been set by MASH we had the stereo­typ­i­cal “bad” gos­sip colum­nist degrad­ing the Kore­ans while sup­port­ing the war while George Segal is the smart witty writer who in full Alda mode speaks of the stu­pid­ity of the fight.

One only needs to take a look at the two Korea’s today to answer the ques­tion: Who would the South Kore­ans agree with. MASH not with­stand­ing the answer would be the same in today as it would have been in 1991.

Once we get to Viet­nam, our troops are boors who can’t keep their hands of the girl from the show and are inca­pable some­how of fight­ing back, they are just vic­tims just like the rest of the 58,000 US troops who died.

And of course in the Viet­nam scene Dixie son is killed but not before he gets the chance to say how BS every­thing is, not just the war but the phi­los­o­phy of duty, honor etc.

Note the dif­fer­ence the most dev­as­tat­ing war of the 20th cen­tury is clean (It would not be until Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan and Band of Broth­ers that WW 2 man­aged to catch up ) but the smaller wars that fol­lowed are a national trauma, why?

Well first you have to remem­ber that it wasn’t until once the Ger­mans invaded the USSR, that the Amer­i­can Left con­cluded that they were the ene­mies of the world and the fight was both noble and worthwhile.

But Korea and Viet­nam; boat peo­ple, re-​education camps and tens of mil­lions slaugh­tered in China and the USSR not with­stand­ing any fight against a foe from the left is point­less, destruc­tive and soul scaring.

I remem­ber for decades dur­ing the cold war pols of the left like Kennedy, Biden and oth­ers, some still in office fight­ing tooth and nail any attempt to restrain the Sovi­ets or their allies. We saw the same fight against Pres­i­dent Bush (Jr. & Sr.) with pols on the other side embrac­ing not only the worst of the oppo­nents of this coun­try but embrac­ing their pro­pa­ganda against us.

And it still doesn’t end, It was just last week that the media hit the Marines over Haditha again while a for­mer Kerry aide was charged with out­ing CIA oper­a­tives in the war on ter­ror just didn’t pro­duce the same outrage.

So when I see pres­i­dent Obama and his friends in the media beat their breast on mil­i­tary unem­ploy­ment and ask why an employer might hes­i­tate to hire a vet, I want to shout: “Because you’ve been telling peo­ple their dan­ger­ous for decades you phony two-​faced &$##&@&s!”

It’s not often that this stuff gets me angry, but when I see this kind of stuff it makes my blood boil.

(Quick FYI. In fair­ness to Show­time the series Home­land it’s more of a “Manchurian Can­di­date” style plot rather than sim­ply a stan­dard “these vets are crazy” story, but the poster doesn’t con­vey that.)

Thursday I went to the Twin City Mall pay my Comcast bill (I never pay a bill online that I can pay in person) and I noticed a poster on the wall advertising a new Showtime series, Homeland! The catch line is “They see a hero, she sees a threat”.

I instantly thought of the president’s SOTU and the whole question of Vets trying to find work and I thought: REALLY?

For decades, DECADES the left though the entertainment industry, has painted the American Vet as unstable, psychotic and unable to function in society and we don’t have to be talking about movies like The Deerhunter or Apocalypse Now, we’ve seen it in more subtle ways.

Let’s give a simple example of a movie you might not consider in this vein: For the Boys with James Caan and Bette Midler as a pair of performers who entertain the troops in three wars and the consequences thereof. The primary plot is the relationship between the two characters but the backdrop are the wars.

At the beginning of the movie they are entertaining the troops in World War 2, the theme is upbeat and while the jokes are a bit raw the troops are respectful and the only hint of the costs of war is a bombing raid that they dance to and the funeral of Dixie (Bette Midler’s) husband.

This is despite the fact that over 400,000 US soldiers were killed during WWII, only the Civil war killed more.

When we get to Korea, suddenly war become a story of mud and rain and wounds and the horrors of war. Somehow a war that with 54,000 US deaths (36k in theater) is magnitudes worse than a war that was fought all over the globe, resulted in the wholesale destruction of cities and mass murder.

And since the template had been set by MASH we had the stereotypical “bad” gossip columnist degrading the Koreans while supporting the war while George Segal is the smart witty writer who in full Alda mode speaks of the stupidity of the fight.

One only needs to take a look at the two Korea’s today to answer the question: Who would the South Koreans agree with. MASH not withstanding the answer would be the same in today as it would have been in 1991.

Once we get to Vietnam, our troops are boors who can’t keep their hands of the girl from the show and are incapable somehow of fighting back, they are just victims just like the rest of the 58,000 US troops who died.

And of course in the Vietnam scene Dixie son is killed but not before he gets the chance to say how BS everything is, not just the war but the philosophy of duty, honor etc.

Note the difference the most devastating war of the 20th century is clean (It would not be until Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers that WW 2 managed to catch up ) but the smaller wars that followed are a national trauma, why?

Well first you have to remember that it wasn’t until once the Germans invaded the USSR, that the American Left concluded that they were the enemies of the world and the fight was both noble and worthwhile.

But Korea and Vietnam; boat people, re-education camps and tens of millions slaughtered in China and the USSR not withstanding any fight against a foe from the left is pointless, destructive and soul scaring.

I remember for decades during the cold war pols of the left like Kennedy, Biden and others, some still in office fighting tooth and nail any attempt to restrain the Soviets or their allies. We saw the same fight against President Bush (Jr. & Sr.) with pols on the other side embracing not only the worst of the opponents of this country but embracing their propaganda against us.

And it still doesn’t end, It was just last week that the media hit the Marines over Haditha again while a former Kerry aide was charged with outing CIA operatives in the war on terror just didn’t produce the same outrage.

So when I see president Obama and his friends in the media beat their breast on military unemployment and ask why an employer might hesitate to hire a vet, I want to shout: “Because you’ve been telling people their dangerous for decades you phony two-faced &$##&@&s!”

It’s not often that this stuff gets me angry, but when I see this kind of stuff it makes my blood boil.

(Quick FYI. In fairness to Showtime the series Homeland it’s more of a “Manchurian Candidate” style plot rather than simply a standard “these vets are crazy” story, but the poster doesn’t convey that.)

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