NY Times strikes again
Their names are Sgt. First Class Paul R. Smith, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester and Sgt. Rafael Peralta. If you have never heard of them, even in a week when more than 20 marines were killed in Iraq by insurgents, that might be because the military, the White House and the culture at large have not publicized their actions with the zeal that was lavished on the heroes of World War I and World War II.Bwa ha. Bwa ha ha ha! Not "we refused to commend any heroic actions because that might have helped W and defeating W was far more important than any stinking murdering hero".
The change began, historians said, with the murky stalemate of the Korean War, which did not require as much mobilization or support as previous wars. Vietnam cemented the shift. While the swashbuckling Green Berets were lionized in the war's early years, by 1968 the public became skeptical of military planners who perpetually predicted a victory that never came.Or, in the real world, the change began when an active fifth column funded and directed by Moscow manipulated the western media. Victory that never came? Tet offensive anyone?
"What happened very quickly was a move away from the bravery of the kids fighting," David Halberstam, the author and former war correspondent, said in an interview. The question that ran through everyone's mind was, Can this war be won?Yeah, because WW2 was a foregone conclusion. I mean, losing the heart of the Pacific fleet was a mere flesh wound. Dunkirk, Singapore, Malaysia? Bah, I fart in your general direction.
"We had absolute military superiority but they had absolute political supremacy," Mr. Halberstam said. "That led to a stalemate - and that became the governing issue."Victories that never came, yet absolute military superiority? Come on, you can't really have it both ways. And what was this political supremacy? John Kerry running to "peace talks" as an illegal representative of his country? Jane Fonda swanning round Hanoi? You mean that a war that should have been won was defeated by the actions of those actively working against their own country perhaps?
Ah, the bald faced cheek of it all. Anyway, read it for a sorry laugh.