Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Republicans treat troops like Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield was the famous comedian whose shtick was built around the the claim "I don't get no respect". Well, he's in really good company, judging from the remarks that several Republicans have made about the the intelligence and value of our service men and women.

The Republicans for years have made a living touting the respect they have for people serving in the military, but they are proving themselves once again to be the worst kind of liars. Recent statements have shown that the truth is quite different from the publics perception that the GOP is #1 when it comes to holding our military personnel first in their hearts.

John Boehner (R-OH), recently dismissed the loss of nearly 3,800 troops in Iraq as a "small price".

More recently, a former state senator from Montana, Dave Rye (R-ASSHOLE), in his morning radio program in Montana, basically flat out said that soldiers were too dumb to use multi-syllable words. This is particularly galling since he was demeaning two soldiers who had just been killed in Iraq. They had written, along with a group of others soldiers, an op-ed critical of the U.S. propaganda about the "successes" we have gained in that murder hole. It was published shortly before General Petraeus delivered his report to Congress. Rye's comments could not have been more insulting, demeaning or disrepectful to our service members, especially to those who gave their lives in service to our country. Here are links from Think Progress and Crooks and Liars.

If you think attitudes that these hypocritical scum have revealed is a recent phenomenon, Douglas Yates, writing for the Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, included in a recent article this revealing little piece of imformation about Sainted Republican Henry Kissinger, from 1973:

"....Especially given Kissinger’s contempt for American soldiers. In a 1973 White House conversation between Kissinger, the national security adviser, and Al Haig, then Nixon’s chief of staff, Kissinger said military men are “dumb, stupid animals to be used” as pawns for foreign policy.
The quote is found in “Final Days,” a book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Kissinger has never disputed it.... "

Do me a favor--Anytime some Republican kool-aid drinker starts the line about the "Democrats don't respect the troops", stuff these references down their throats.

There is good evidence that more and more of our troops now realize how badly they have been used.The Republicans used to be able to count on them for unwavering support, but now the troops serving in Iraq are giving 40% of their political donations to the Dems, up from about 23% in the last election cycle. They may be too dumb to use big words, but they're smart enough figure out who's signing their death warrants.

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