War, Hell, and a Democratic President

The Democrats held high-profile, witch-hunt hearings in which they interrogated our military commanders as though these men were the enemy. Senators Obama and Clinton practically called General David Petraeus a liar when he was brought to the congressional carpet to testify on the progress of the Iraq-war surge. And to my recollection, not a single member of the mainstream press ever dared to ask whether this public defamation of an American military commander in a time of war would hamper the morale of those brave young people under his command, or whether it could actually embolden our enemies, prolong the war, and cost lives.

When the George Soros-funded MoveOn.org ran their full-page “General Betray Us” ad in the New York Times at a bargain-basement price, Senators Obama and Clinton refused to sign Congress’ condemnation letter. What signal did that send to our troops?

The words “our troops” seem to have lost their genuine meaning in the minds of Democratic politicians. Our troops are not the beasts of John Kerry’s imagination, who “terrorize women and children in the dead of night.” Our troops are not the cold-blooded murderers of the late John Murtha’s fantasies. Our troops can’t be codified as a “surge” to be bandied about as a political football.

No, our troops happen to be real, living sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. Our troops are some of America’s bravest, smartest, most capable men and women. Their lives are not toys to be played with in political grandstanding maneuvers.

Whenever a Republican is the president, our mainstream press seems to “love” every one our troops with a nanny’s over-protective instincts. The wails and protests over sending our troops into harm’s way are insufferably ubiquitous whenever a Republican is at the helm.

Yet when a Democrat president sends those same noble warriors into battle, putting them at equal or even greater risk, suddenly the media nannies close themselves into the nursery closet, shutting their mouths as if on cue from above.

Yes, my fellow Americans, we are still at war. And calling this war an “overseas contingency operation” doesn’t change a thing. Yes, we still have soldiers in Iraq and they are still dying there; saying it’s over isn’t true. Yes, the war in Afghanistan still rages and real human beings are still being blown to bits there.

Burying the truth only goes so far. Changing words has real credibility limits.

Because in any world, whether led by a Republican or Democrat, a conservative or a liberal, dead is still dead. War is still hell. Any party who would politicize a war is truly beneath contempt.

And any media who allows such a thing to go all but unnoticed by the public ought to hang their heads in shame.