Andrew Sullivan and the Right-Wing Blogosphere: We Know the Answer!
Conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan commented on the Beauchamp Case [far off our topic], saying the following:
Very similar incidents of mild troop misbehavior are on YouTube if you want to see them. Of course this kind of things happen in a war zone. These are soldiers, not social workers. What's staggering to me is that having ignored some of the most serious evidence of brutality and war crimes on the part of a tiny minority of troops, the right-wing blogosphere have gone ape-shit over these typical shenanigans as if they somehow tarnish the broader reputation of the troops. You'd think they'd never heard of soldiers misbehaving in a war zone. Frankly, I'm amazed that more of this stuff doesn't happen. They're human beings - under stress the rest of us can barely imagine.
You'd think they'd never heard of soldiers misbehaving in a war zone.
Andrew, the reason most right-wing bloggers have never heard of soldiers misbehaving in a war zone is because, in our opinion, most right-wing bloggers have never been in a war zone, nor do they know anyone who has.
The same goes for quite a large number of influential Americans, in and out of government, who don't personally know any enlisted servicemembers or junior officers, who are most at risk in war zones. Don't believe us? Just look at the casualty reports.