Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Dear Yellow Elephants

Ex Cathedra

Don’t pretend you support the military. You don’t. You just support the war…. [S]ave the lectures on patriotism and who wants us to lose the war. You do. You aren’t serving. — Steve Gilliard

I wonder how many young Republicans realize that their personal decision to support the war, but stay home themselves, is stacking up to bury them under an avalanche of public contempt? Probably none of them. We criticize this Republican President as living in a bubble, but I think the pampering and attention and money and connections YRs are getting from Republican insiders is building an even thicker bubble around them.

They’ll be casualties themselves — not in the sense of joining the 1,800 dead and 13,000 wounded Americans they sent to fight for them. But they’ll discover that even their own despicable definition of “combat” has casualties. They’ll find themselves dumped, on the outside, irrelevant and shunned.

The “Yellow Elephant” meme started as a prank, but lately it seems to have touched some deeper feelings about the kind of people who get us into wars. And as soon as the Republican elites get wind of this, they’ll drop these YRs like a live grenade. They’ll be casualties without blood, without risk, and without honor.

5 Comments:

At 24 August, 2005 14:47, Blogger K. Ron Silkwood said...

who support the war in Iraq need to do more to support our troops. A yellow ribbon sticker or decal, while patriotic and courageous in itself, just isn’t enough. What the troopers need are more troopers. Too much is being asked of the too few in uniform. It is time to spread the sacrifice.


My modest proposal is to require those who support the war to contribute bodies to their noble cause. Demand that all your relatives enlist - children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws. If you can pass the physical, enlist yourself. No excuses. Send a dedicated and committed force to Iraq, and let someone who is tired of being there come home.


There is room for even the infirm and the aged. More than 25,000 "contractors" are now roaming around Iraq, working for various paramilitary organizations. If you cannot qualify as a skilled mercenary, you can still be of use (at a lower rate of pay) as fodder, and take over searching for roadside bombs or drawing the fire of snipers. You would free up the valuable, highly-trained personnel for other duties.


If you have an SUV (particularly a Hummer), take it with you and apply for the bonus for providing your own transportation. Take the yellow ribbon stickers and decals with you, and slap them on the vehicle and the protective vest where the armor should be. Just like the real soldiers and marines.

Saddle up.

 
At 24 August, 2005 14:50, Blogger K. Ron Silkwood said...

Sorry, some of my post, and my lead comments got cut off. I sent this to a couple of newspapers for the letter to the editor page. I'll be interested to see if it is printed.

The full first parpagraph is:

Those who support the war in Iraq need to do more to support our troops. A yellow ribbon sticker or decal, while patriotic and courageous in itself, just isn’t enough. What the troopers need are more troopers. Too much is being asked of the too few in uniform. It is time to spread the sacrifice.

 
At 24 August, 2005 15:45, Blogger ed sharp said...

Absolutly right! The kind of support our troops need is for more boots on the ground.
Who shall fill these boots? Not these young republicans. There two costs of war BLOOD AND TREASURE. In past wars the troops in the field have been confident that the wealthy have made their contribution. Not so this time around. The tax cuts enjoied by the top 1% have revealed the second front in this war is the home front which is the class warfare being waged by the republicans. Another knife in the back for the working class Americans.

 
At 24 August, 2005 17:38, Blogger Pat said...

So when are you joining the ranks of the suicide bombers?

 
At 24 August, 2005 21:04, Blogger doe said...

"So when are you joining the ranks of the suicide bombers?"

When you see yellow magnet ribbons on our cars that say "Support Our Suicide Bombers," get back to us.

 

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