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.