Saturday, December 31, 2005

Message to Our Military: Thank You For Your Service

Some servicemembers and veterans have asked Operation Yellow Elephant whether they can comment on public issues in which they are not personally engaged. It appears that they may be thinking that Operation Yellow Elephant is insulting them or something. Well, we're not.

'Quite the contrary.

While Operation Yellow Elephant and its contributors hold a variety of opinions on the War in Iraq, we most certainly respect those, including servicemembers and veterans, with the courage of their convictions. Our message is not directed at you and you should take no offense.

Instead, Operation Yellow Elephant focuses on those who misuse and abuse the patriotism and dedication of our servicemembers and veterans for a cause that they support only if "other people" actually do the work. That's why we're highlighting the absence of the College Republicans and Young Republicans, as well as the entire Bush clan, from President Bush's "noble cause," because they have no excuse. None whatsoever.

If the cause is noble, they would be volunteering for military service. And if they're not even considering it, the cause itself cannot be noble for them.

Ka-ching! And q.e.d.


At 31 December, 2005 07:13, Blogger Mr. Ed said...

Karl - Hear! Hear!

I'm a Navy vet and agree with you 100%.

Do not thank me. I served during peacetime and was an "economic conscript" - idealism did not make me raise my right hand.

Having read "Love My Rifle More Than You" and "Spare Parts" and the stories over at war supporters should feel shame the conditions they are more than willing to have today's soldiers endure while they sit at home.

I'm always disappointed I don't hear that more veterans have these beliefs. I'd join the American Legion if only they'd espouse this viewpoint.

Mr. Ed

At 31 December, 2005 17:08, Blogger Blogenfreude said...

Happy New Year troops ... may it be a safe one.

At 31 December, 2005 17:53, Blogger Scorpio said...

try "the cause itself cannot be noble for them"

At 01 January, 2006 07:42, Blogger Karl said...


You're right. I'll update as indicated.

In my opinion, the cause IS noble, it's the execution or implementation that is so screwed up it calls into question the true commitment of those who espouse its nobility.

And so it goes . . .


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