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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sick to My Stomach- or whatever the chiche is.

Um... excuse me... could someone explain to me why- when we are at war, when we have soldiers dying in Iraq- why is Criminal Minds doing an episode about a rampaging, murderous vet with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? (Once known as shell-shocked, back before the English language was sanitized.) Is this something that happens every day? In fact, has there been even ONE "crazy vet" news story in the past decade? Two decades?

I know people's eyes glaze over when you mention the "Liberal Media" and their vendetta against the military, but consider the following, all in the past year, while we are at war:

The Simpsons & Family Guy have both recently portrayed unscrupulous recruiters signing up children. Now, I really don't have too much of a problem with this satire (although it wasn't even funny,) because recruiters have recently been caught on tape lying through their teeth about the war. However, Peter's comment on Family Guy that a U.S. soldier gets "all the brown women you can rape" has almost made me swear off the show forever.

Or how about The Unit? One episode had a Military Police Officer attempting to rape another soldier's pregnant wife (she was saved, of course, by a civilian employee.) They had another episode where a mother implores her daughter not to enlist, because she might be raped. Yes, sadly, some soldiers are rapists, (as are some doctors, teachers, stockbrokers, actors, and teddy-bear stuffers.) But would you see a mother on TV telling her daughter not to go to high school or college because there's a possibility she might be raped? I don't think so.

Of course, there are plenty examples before 9/11. How many 90's movies can you think of where U.S. Soldiers become terrorists because the cold war is over & there was no one else to kill? (Die Hard 2, Mission Impossible, & The Rock are just a few that come to mind. Or how about Crimson Tide, when the old-school sub captain played by Gene Hackman is so intent on following protocol that he holds a gun to his own officer's head so he can start a nuclear war? Watch the pilot episode of Star Trek, TNG, & pay attention to the horror on Cpt. Picard's face at the sight of a 20th century U.S. Army uniform, apologizing for a time when humans wore, "costumes like that."

OK, those are old wounds, but the vendetta goes on. Of course, there are exceptions: There is an outcry on IMDB's message boards because the upcoming Transformers film (which I will refuse to see if it doesn't have Frank Welker voicing Megatron- pay attention Michael Bay,) actually will portray the U.S. Military in a good light. You want to write a TV episode about the military to enlighten the youth of America (and by that I mean program them not to serve their country- which is obviously your real agenda?) Write about how badly the Bush administration has fucked America's soldiers- refusing to give them necessary armor, and dragging them down in endless war without any plan on how to end it. Write about soldiers who have been discharged because they've lost arms and legs fighting in Iraq- and then are told they have to give back their signing bonus before they can leave. Tell about how recovering wounded solders at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC (where I was stationed, once upon a time) are being housed in a building infested with mice and roaches, how the funds for the Medical Family Assistance Center there were allowed to be siphoned off. Tell about what's happening to those who have given up their everyday freedoms, rather than making villains out of them. I've said it before- I'm sick of living in a society that demands more and more freedoms but damns all those who fight for them.

-Tony

7 comments:

String said...

'Write about how badly the Bush administration has fucked America's soldiers- refusing to give them necessary armor, and dragging them down in endless war without any plan on how to end it. Write about soldiers who have been discharged because they've lost arms and legs fighting in Iraq- and then are told they have to give back their signing bonus before they can leave. Tell about how recovering wounded solders at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC (where I was stationed, once upon a time) are being housed in a building infested with mice and roaches, how the funds for the Medical Family Assistance Center there were allowed to be siphoned off.'

This is the most damning part and in addition the most 'telling' aspect of the politicans who feel that this is acceptable treatment of our obviously 'expendable' soldiers. The British are guilty of it too.

Rayne said...

This is coming from the wife of an active duty service member - Some of the people who have lost an arm or a leg are still in. So...you are maimed in Bush's war for oil and you are still out there fighting. This is called 'a great advance in medicine'. Or, let's talk about all of the soldiers losing the lives and body parts because they are protecting Halliburton contractors.
And then we get to the 'freindly fire' and 'accidental weapon discharge' incidents in the field. Not to mention the huge upswing in spousal and child abuse after our soldiers return home, or the people who suddenly lose it and freak out in their places of work or trying to dig people out from under their desks or their closets. And...there is so much more. Back home military hospitals and clinics are being closed to save money, military housing is now being turned over to private contractors so you have to pay rent for 'military housing'. People with drug and alcohol offenses are being given a second, third, fourth chance so they can be sent back out. And the suicide rate is unbelievable at this point. And, the worst part of it is, there are a lot of rapes right now and the victims are being treated as whiners or just sent to a different duty station.
There is so much more, it's horrible now, it really is.
Did you know that the Iraqi police and soldiers are getting a lot of the new stuff our own soldiers are supposed to get?

Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

Tony, I LOVE your rants. I couldn't agree more with you, especially on this one. Thanks for your passion! I hope it makes a difference.

Caroline said...

Maybe its not so much the liberal media's vendetta against the military but their ignorance about it that brings on the story lines you mention... could be... could be that the media isn't actually doing its job all that well in really exposing what the military are having to put up with... and that doesn't sound very liberal to me... more like a cover up...

Quixote said...

Hear, hear....finally someone who tells the truth. You should run for office!

Penny Cork said...

Tony, an elegantly beautiful rant! I think that you're right about the "liberal media bias," but the funny thing is that my liberal friends swear that the media has a conservative bias! I don't know what to make of that.

I do know what to make of the deplorable conditions at Walter Reed: Absolutely shameful. Regardless of our opinions -- pro or con -- about the war, the men and women who do the heavy lifting on our behalf, certainly deserve better treatment.

Thank you for your service, and the excellent post.

Penny :)

Anonymous said...

have u ever notice latey that when there is a war GI joe the cartoon comes back on the air waves. and u gotta lov the gov they play up the militarys service and what a sacrifice they are make for are country (which they are ) but yet its this same gov that refuses to pay them a decent saalary for this service. i know at least when i was in the sevvice the military as a whole were one of the lowest paying Gov jobs going. i guess they figure we have a short live expectance and were't worth it as ;ong as we gave our lives they were happy. not sure where i was going with this but ur view is shared here: michael dailey