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February 8, 2005

Sucking all the Fun out of War

Topics: National News

Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette asks, "What's wrong with this paragraph from a Miami Herald Editorial (He makes some parts bold, italicized, and underlined as a subtle hint)":

Lt. Gen. James Mattis should have gotten more than a slap on the wrist for bragging about how much fun it was to shoot enemies in Iraq. ''Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. . . . It's fun to shoot some people,'' the three-star general said at a San Diego conference. ''You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil,'' Gen. Mattis added. ``So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.''

Iraq, Afghanistan... whatever! Guess those "raghead countries" are all the same to editorial writers in Miami. The writer goes on to point out that the military already has enough of an image problem due to high rates of domestic violence among troops, thus has no business insulting the Taliban for slapping women around.

Sounds like more media "two-step" to me. Defend your enemies and insult your protectors - our military deserves more support from the anti-military liberal press.

Posted by Hyscience at February 8, 2005 3:36 PM

What they don't tell you is that any increased levels of domestic violence in the military come from female soldiers abusing their husbands. Some Army bases have begun to revamp their programs to allow for aid to male victims.

I'm not sure there's more domestic violence, I'm thinking it's just better recognized.

Posted by: Trudy W. Schuett at February 8, 2005 11:16 PM

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