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The Brainwashed Perspective [Update]
Okay, you want to get under my skin? Let me tell you a perfect way to do it…accuse me of being brainwashed.
Referring to my Letter To Cindy:
“This is further proof of the power of military brainwashing. This tactic is necessary for the fighting soldiers but please do not expect the rest of us to buy into it. This war is wrong; there is no â€œcauseâ€? and there is no way to convincingly argue that it should be continued. Those of us who went through Vietnam know better than you do.”
There’s something wrong with the Vietnam War generation in that they think everything has to be about them. Don’t get me wrong, our soldiers from Vietnam are due just as much respect as our soldier from WWII, Iraq or any other armed conflict if not MORE. And, maybe it’s just the media’s unending bias that I only hear about the John Kerry’s of that generation who were somehow doing something they didn’t agree with and didn’t want to participate in because I’ve met MANY Vietnam vets who are proud of what we did and the stand we took. I have respect for all Vietnam vets. I’ve said so many times on this Blog (run a site search for Vietnam and see for yourself). They deserve the most sincere apologies from many Americans for their treatment during that time. I’m just glad that I’m privileged enough to have not had to deal with that on the same scale as you did.
But, to tell me that those who went through Vietnam know more about war than I do is clearly misled. Allow me some comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam in order to debunk this argument: soldier in Vietnam were shot at, so was I; soldiers in Vietnam were mortared, so was I; soldiers in Vietnam dealt with an “invisible” enemy, so did I. So tell me, how do you know better than I do? Was Iraq just a figment of my imagination? Was the whole thing dreamed up in this brainwashing session I apparently went through?
My service to this country is voluntary and I accept it with pride. I don’t agree with everything our President does or says. I’m not a Republican apologist or military media machine. This site is run BY me and not THROUGH me. This is not some United States Army Propaganda siphon that spits out what I’m told. I have many issues with policy, but I signed a contract to follow orders of those appointed me. I’ve been approached a few times by officers I work with “advising” me against saying certain things in the future, but I won’t change my opinions. As long as I’m not violating Operational Security or military regulations, I’ll continue speaking my mind.
You say there is no convincing argument that we should continue in Iraq. Do you suggest we just up and leave? On the way out we could hand al-Qaida and other terrorist groups of the world the keys to our cities since they will only be more empowered. We could also go ahead and just start building up our border defenses now so that when the entire Middle East collapses, we’re prepared for the blame.
As for being brainwashed, what is with you anti-war, anti-Bush people? Why is it that when someone supports the war or this President they are called brainwashed? Yet, when people oppose the war and our President they are working for a higher cause and justified? That’s the type of thinking that lead to stupidity and moronic thinking. I won’t get into my thoughts on why I think Vietnam was a success or failure, but they’re informed and well researched.
Bill Clinton was recently interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN about the War in Iraq, among other things. Even he, who opposed us going in to begin with (though he’s confusing in his statements about it) said that “whether it was a mistake or not, we are where we are and we ought to make the strategy [of this administration] succeed.” I wonder if you would consider former President Clinton brainwashed as well. I mean, isn’t he the poster child of every Bush hater? And he’s telling us we should continue what we’re doing in building the Iraqi Security Forces and a more stable Iraq.
I’ll admit that you know more about Vietnam than I do. I only know Vietnam from the NUMEROUS books I’ve read by vets on the country and their time there. I only know Vietnam from the vets I’ve spoken with at VFW and American Legion activities. I only know Vietnam from what my father told me from his time in the Navy. I suppose those Vietnam vets that supported the war were brainwashed too? I’ll also tell you that I know more about Iraq than you do. I was there, you weren’t. I fought and my friends died there, not yours. I worked with the Iraqi people who greatly support our job and purpose there, you didn’t. So, don’t tell me you know better than I do. And don’t tell me I’m brainwashed because like it or not, this President was ELECTED into office and I support him. Like it or not, we’re in Iraq and I support continuing and finishing the mission. Like it or not, I volunteered to join the Army and defend our nation’s interests. Get used to it and find a better argument than brainwashing. It’s misused and ill-defined.
[UPDATE] Well, I think I’ve found the root of all this evil. The group probably steering Cindy in the wrong direction is none other than Moveon.org, the Bush hating spin machine. Cindy and at least one of her daughters has volunteered for the organization in the past.