Saturday, April 26, 2008

John Bruhns: Support The Troops - Draft Yourself!

from A National Disgrace, by John Bruhns:
During the Vietnam conflict the American people had personal reasons to care about their country being at war. Now, if Americans don't have their own blood or money in the game, they couldn't care less. [ . . . ]

Now, America's burdens are borne by only a handful of volunteers and their families.

How does a country fight two wars simultaneously without a military draft and tax cuts for those in the highest income brackets? How can a country turn a blind eye while the blood of their service members continues to flow and our lawmakers dump $12 billion dollars per month into the Iraq conflict? The answer is simple: Our country is not at war, our troops are, their families are, and the Iraqi people are. [ . . . ]

I look out my front window and see a plethora of American flags decking out the entire block of my neighbors' homes - a true patriotism contest. Yet, if they didn't know me, they probably wouldn't know anyone who served in Iraq.

I see peace vigils countered by "victory" demonstrations populated by young males who lack the courage to put their own bodies where their rhetoric is. They stand on street corners like cowards chanting . . . Victory, Victory, Victory - all while they stay completely out of harms way.

However, if these same young men were required (by a military draft) to fight the war they so strongly support, they would be on the other side of the street burning their draft cards chanting . . . Bring the troops home, Bring the troops home, Bring the troops home. (That is the difference between my generation and the baby boom generation).

And while these same cowards will accept nothing less than victory, I wonder - What is victory in Iraq? [ . . . ]

For the record, I'm not advocating for a draft. Primarily because I wouldn't want these clueless, cowardly, street corner mouthpieces sharing a foxhole with our patriotic men and women who exemplify the best of all that is American. (The "victory" cheerleaders who refuse to serve exemplify all that is un-American).

Plus, my concern is that the "Dick Cheneys" of the world would always find an out, while the poor kids of small towns & urban ghettos would be the ones selected to have their blood spilled for rich elitists who feel entitled to live lavishly and protected during a time of war & recession - a true national disgrace.

At the same time, I fully acknowledge there are veterans groups out there who wholeheartedly agree with our mission in Iraq. Most of them have served in the "war on terror." I may disagree with them, but I respect them for their service. They fought the war they believe in.

My gripe is with this despicable element in American society who thump their chests, wave the flag, support the war, but just stay home - all under their perverted perception that they are doing their part by fighting the cultural war here at home -- oh how convenient for them. [ . . . ]

But if you feel that you know what victory is and you advocate for the troops to be kept in harm's way -- go join them.

My final message to all the young, able-bodied, male cheerleaders advocating for victory in Iraq with no intention of ever wearing the uniform is this: SUPPORT THE TROOPS - DRAFT YOURSELF.
OYE Comment: None needed. That says it all.

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29 Comments:

At 26 April, 2008 17:01, Blogger Icarus said...

Amen

 
At 29 April, 2008 13:12, Blogger Groenhagen said...

Just more ranting and raving from an ignorant Green Baboon.

Hey, Wek, have YOU enlisted yet?

 
At 29 April, 2008 13:49, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kev...can you explain how "Amen" constitutes "ranting & raving?"

 
At 29 April, 2008 15:03, Blogger Groenhagen said...

anonymous:

Gee, I thought even a Green Baboon would be intelligent enough to know that my comment referred to the blowhard who wrote the piece above the comments.

 
At 29 April, 2008 15:10, Blogger robash141 said...

Anything less than a 100% nob job on GW Bush is considered anti American "ranting" by Groeny

 
At 29 April, 2008 15:22, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now you consider a OIF veteran a "blowhard?" How do you square that with your constant assertions that you are never a "namecaller?"

 
At 29 April, 2008 19:26, Blogger Groenhagen said...

"So now you consider a OIF veteran a "blowhard?" How do you square that with your constant assertions that you are never a "namecaller?""

Where have I mde such an assertion? And, yes, in this case the OIF veteran is a blowhard. He's making the same dishonest and discredited argument that the Green Baboons with OYE are making.

And, Wek, can I have a recruiter call you?

 
At 30 April, 2008 00:04, Blogger robash141 said...

Wek, tell this guy to fuck off,

I don't think he was even in the Marine Corps. He's been caught lying before.



I believe his concern for the plight of the Yellow elephants is entirely self interested.

Sooner or later He'll trip himself up

 
At 30 April, 2008 00:37, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Groenhagen got the war he wanted so badly. If spending his free time faking military service on a site he claims not to like gives his guilty conscience some relief, that's fine with me. Poor guy.

 
At 30 April, 2008 11:44, Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

robash141:

I wonder why goenhagen hasn't joined Blackwater or Dyncorp or Triple Canopy? As an 02 he had a high level clearance and if he claims to be a DD he's an awesome rifleman.

This is the most important war ever. So much so the Liar needs to attack green Baboons constantly

Unless, of course he needs to fight 'em (evil objectively pro-terrorist Liberals!) here (from a Kansas keyboard) in order so braver men can fight'em there...

 
At 30 April, 2008 13:56, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering his alleged USMC base and that the only "evil objectively pro-terrorist Liberals" he's been "fighting" are people who read this blog & cross-post to his sinofthehusband blog, I'd say that he prefers low intensity ops...

 
At 30 April, 2008 16:45, Blogger Icarus said...

There's no way to ascertain the identity of those who post on this blog.

Marines in the intelligence field are not paper-pushing bureaucrats (no insult to bureaucrats, we need them.) They do valuable work and some have died on the battlefield.

John Bruhns has definitely earned his right to speak out on the war, too.

 
At 30 April, 2008 17:56, Blogger Groenhagen said...

icarus:

Everyone has the right. It's in the First Amendment. i also have the right to say that Bruhns is a blowhard in this case.

 
At 01 May, 2008 11:13, Blogger robash141 said...

Hey Groney
If you're such a fan of the First Amendment , why do you smear vets who risked thier lives and gave up years of thier lives to defend that constiutional principle as cowards and traitors ?

Then you have the unmitigated audacity to say you are not denegrating our military service.

He might not be a clerk
but he's definitely a jerk.

 
At 03 May, 2008 15:43, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This site is a never ending ad hominem attack. Grow up. You use the service of others to silence Americans..Yes that is not American. If you did serve you need to look down deep and see why you served. Also....as Hillary and Obama never served ...can they send soldiers into war? I guess not.

 
At 04 May, 2008 11:49, Blogger robash141 said...

In recent years The GOP and the far right has politicized national security to an unprecedented extent.

Many Republicans were not the least bit shy about attacking the patriotism and courage of anyone ,even highly decorated war veterans, who opposed their initiatives.

The zealous young college GOPers were often the most feckless and aggressive in this regard.

It may have been a clever strategy to win elections in the short term.

However it's coming back to bite them in the behind now that their fabulous war isn't going so fabulously.

Yellow Elephants have no room to gripe about ad hominems.

As that Good Book that so many of them claim to be so fond says:

"Whatsoever man soweth, that shall he also reap"

 
At 04 May, 2008 18:55, Blogger Doppelganger said...

anonymouse writes:

"This site is a never ending ad hominem attack. Grow up. You use the service of others to silence Americans..Yes that is not American. If you did serve you need to look down deep and see why you served. Also....as Hillary and Obama never served ...can they send soldiers into war? I guess not."


What a broken record. How typical of a right winger to be unable to string together a few sentences of his own.
Why do these people have such a hard time understanding the role of this blog?

 
At 05 May, 2008 00:52, Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

OYE:

How dare you ask those who have the guts to send me n off to death in far away lands for the defense of Honor and National Interests to risk spilling theirs in the desert sands?

Don't you know some people have to stay at home consuming and producing lovely speeches extolling others sacrifices?

 
At 11 May, 2008 12:52, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey gonadhagen!! Im a OIL woops! OIF vet x2 and I think all the chickenhawk MF,s in office are a bunch of traitors. Less than 1% of the American public has any skin in this game including you!!! So my advice to You is KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT or I will come to your house and rip out your F-ing throat.

 
At 11 May, 2008 13:23, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS: Happy Mothers Day

 
At 13 May, 2008 12:21, Blogger Groenhagen said...

anonymouse:

Nice threat. Given that you post here anonymously, I'm certain it's an idle one. If you don't have anything of substance to offer here, why don't you find something else to do.

 
At 14 May, 2008 09:16, OpenID doggerelface said...

On leathernecks true, he derisively spats
He's much more partial to silver spoon brats.

 
At 20 May, 2008 22:26, Anonymous Skye said...

Meet John Bruhns:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbEC7ZuUUjg


I see peace vigils countered by "victory" demonstrations populated by young males who lack the courage to put their own bodies where their rhetoric is. They stand on street corners like cowards chanting . . . Victory, Victory, Victory - all while they stay completely out of harms way.

A Victory vigil John would like to forget - BTW - it was a girl from the 'victory' contingent handled John's narrow world view expertly when he visited West Chester.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt98wE50Nwk

 
At 20 May, 2008 23:05, OpenID doggerelface said...

All your False dichotomy
makes you seem like you've gotten a lobotomy

 
At 21 May, 2008 10:27, Anonymous Anonymous said...

which one of the internets is the you tube in ???????

 
At 21 May, 2008 10:33, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skyler can't hear you, the knees are blocking the ears cause', like Larry Craig when the word dichotomy was used skyler thought you said Dick-otomy and assumed the possition, skyler and groanad could be stuck that way for days.

 
At 22 May, 2008 12:06, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruhns,

Support The Troops...Get A Job and Pay Taxes.

 
At 23 May, 2008 15:28, Blogger Groenhagen said...

robash:

"If you're such a fan of the First Amendment , why do you smear vets who risked thier lives and gave up years of thier lives to defend that constiutional principle as cowards and traitors?

That's a straw man. I have never denigrated anyone else's military service here. I have called ther Green Baboons' argument (i.e., those who support our efforts in Iraq but do not serve in the military must forfeit their right to voice their support) cowardly. Service in the military and the Green Baboons' argument are two entirely different matters.

For example, I respect John Bruhn's military service. However, from the videos skyler shared here, I would have to say that Bruhns' post-military behavior is cowardly and dishonest.

 
At 24 May, 2008 00:17, OpenID doggerelface said...

Skylar and Groeny, militaristic jock-sniffers in cahoots.

They aren't fit to lick the camel shit off Bruhns Combat boots

 

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