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How Democrats Honor The Troops
GOPUSA.com ^ | August 19, 2008 | Scott Swett

Posted on 08/19/2008 8:03:38 AM PDT by Interesting Times

The Democrats recently announced the theme for the day that Sen. Barack Obama's running mate will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Denver -- "national security and honoring veterans." This may well provide a hint about who the vice-presidential selection will be, as it seems unlikely that such a theme would be used to frame a nominee who, like Sen. Obama, has no military experience.

Before speculating about the most likely candidate, let's take a few moments to review ways in which the Democratic Party has gone about "honoring" the US military in the past.

In November of 2000, during the statewide vote recount in Florida, Al Gore and the Democrats sent lawyers to every voting district in the state, armed with detailed instructions on how to disqualify military absentee ballots. Peggy Noonan reported that "...Democrats on the ground, and their operators from the Democratic National Committee and the state organization and the Gore campaign, deliberately and systematically scrutinized for challenge every military absentee ballot, and knocked out as many as they could on whatever technicality they could find or even invent."

Early in 2004, evidence emerged that a small group of Army prison guards had humiliated and abused captive insurgents at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The abuses were discovered by the Army itself, and those responsible were duly tried, convicted and sentenced. Nevertheless, leftists eager to discredit the US military seized upon these trivial events as though they constituted the most important story of the war. Sen. Edward Kennedy rose in the Senate to charge that "Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management -- US management." By June, the New York Times had featured Abu Ghraib stories on its front page more than 50 times, including a string of 28 days in a row. The purpose was evident -- to undermine support for the military and its mission by persuading the public that American troops were brutal abusers.

Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore was a welcome guest at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where he sat in former President Jimmy Carter's box seat. Yet Moore had openly embraced those who ambushed and killed US troops, saying that "the Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not 'insurgents' or 'terrorists' or 'the enemy.' They are the revolution, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win." Ohio Democratic Representative Marcy Kaptur echoed this view, suggesting that "...Osama bin Laden and these non-nation-state fighters with religious purpose are very similar to those kinds of atypical revolutionaries that helped to cast off the British crown." This is a particularly novel way to support our troops -- by comparing their enemies to the patriots who fought for American independence.

In 2005, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin compared the treatment of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo, Cuba to the crimes committed "by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings." In fact, no prisoners had died at Guantanamo, whereas some fifteen to thirty million Soviets expired in the gulags, six million Jews were killed in Nazi concentration camps, and two million Cambodians were murdered by Pol Pot's communist Khmer Rouge. A Pentagon spokesman noted that all members of Congress were welcome to inspect the Guantanamo facilities -- something Sen. Durbin had never done. Public outrage eventually prompted Durbin to offer a qualified apology "...if anything I said cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military."

In 2006, Democratic Congressman John Murtha falsely claimed that US Marines who had battled in Haditha, Iraq had "killed innocent civilians in cold blood." Marine Corps officials pointed out that Murtha had not yet been briefed on the event at the time he made his atrocity allegations. Charges against nearly all participants in the Haditha engagement have since been dismissed. The Marine staff sergeant who led the squad recently filed a federal defamation lawsuit against Murtha that has yet to come to trial.

Later the same year, New York Democrat Charles Rangel explained why young Americans join the military -- they aren't capable of doing anything else. Congressman Rangel said, incorrectly, that most members of the military "come from very, very high areas of unemployment" and denied that they "want to fight." Rangel further displayed his deep respect for US troops by adding that if a young man "...has an option of having a decent career or joining the army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq."

Sen. Tom Harkin recently suggested that Sen. John McCain's military background is a liability rather than an asset. "Everything is looked at from his life experiences, from always having been in the military," said Harkin, "and I think that can be pretty dangerous." Presidential nominee Obama also took a few moments last year to honor the US military for its ongoing campaign in Afghanistan, by suggesting that it consisted primarily of "air-raiding villages and killing civilians...."

Who then is the Democrat best qualified to continue this tradition as Barack Obama's running mate?

The choice is obvious: former nominee John Kerry. Kerry started his political career in 1971 by falsely accusing American troops of committing genocide in Vietnam. He accused his own Navy comrades of war crimes. His Vietnam Veterans Against the War created the dysfunctional caricature of Vietnam veterans that Hollywood and the media embraced for three decades. Perhaps more than anyone else, John Kerry is responsible for the way our Vietnam veterans were treated -- with contempt and pity, rather than respect.

After his unsuccessful attempt to market himself as a war hero in 2004, Kerry soon reverted to form, claiming that US troops were "going into homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children..." Kerry's own effort to compete in the 2008 cycle was derailed by his revealing suggestion to a college audience that "if you study hard and you do your homework... you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

So fire up the sound system. Launch the balloons. And let the honoring of America's veterans begin.

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Scott Swett is the primary author of a new book on the 2004 presidential campaign, To Set The Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry. He is also the primary webmaster of SwiftVets.com and WinterSoldier.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008dncconvention; 2008election; 2008veep; democrats; dnc; elections; johnkerry; military; nobama08; scottswett
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I hadn't seen anybody pull all this information together in one article...
1 posted on 08/19/2008 8:03:41 AM PDT by Interesting Times
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To: Howlin; eddie willers; cajungirl; wirestripper; Southflanknorthpawsis; Peach; prairiebreeze; ...

Trashing the troops ping...


2 posted on 08/19/2008 8:04:26 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times

Bkmrk for later.....Kerry???


3 posted on 08/19/2008 8:08:01 AM PDT by FlashBack (www.proudpatriots.org/www.woundedwarriorproject.org/www.moveamericaforward.org)
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To: Interesting Times

Hope someone over at the GOP has seen my video

Youtube Video featuring post by Freeper ArmyMarineMom
Youtube ^ | 6/15/08 | cmddrums

Posted on Sun Jun 15 21:55:53 2008 by april15Bendovr

Our Media, Democrats and our Troops in Iraq

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2031622/posts


4 posted on 08/19/2008 8:10:42 AM PDT by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: Interesting Times

5 posted on 08/19/2008 8:14:05 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: FlashBack

my thought is Colin Powell


6 posted on 08/19/2008 8:14:37 AM PDT by rose
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To: Interesting Times

BTTT


7 posted on 08/19/2008 8:15:58 AM PDT by E.G.C. (To read a freeper's FR postings, click on his or her screen name and then "In Forum".)
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To: Interesting Times

mark for election year archive


8 posted on 08/19/2008 8:17:29 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (About Obama: "Overinflated balloons pop suddenly and catastrophically." - Bill Dupray)
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To: Interesting Times

Good article!


9 posted on 08/19/2008 8:18:10 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: Interesting Times

and don’t forget the code pink protests at Walter reed, chanting ‘maimed for a lie’ to the wounded soldiers at the hospital.


10 posted on 08/19/2008 8:21:33 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: Interesting Times

Nice pre-emptive strike.


11 posted on 08/19/2008 8:23:58 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: Interesting Times
Before speculating about the most likely candidate, let's take a few moments to review ways in which the Democratic Party has gone about "honoring" the US military in the past.


12 posted on 08/19/2008 8:28:01 AM PDT by mainestategop (MAINE: The way communism should be)
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To: Interesting Times
.........................evidence emerged that a small group of Army prison guards had humiliated and abused captive insurgents at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The abuses were discovered by the Army itself, and those responsible were duly tried, convicted and sentenced. Nevertheless, leftists eager to discredit the US military seized upon these trivial events as though they constituted the most important story of the war...........................

At least I can agree with the RAT’s on this one thing!

I believe that in 2003 we were well on our way toward “Mission Accomplished”, the bulk of the Iraqi's greeted us with open arms, and suddenly Lyndee and crowd, along with Karpinski, mocked the Iraqi's, a nation and religion with a lot of pride. Suddenly we lost the moral upper ground, and the population viewed us with disdain.

I believe that Lyndee and crowd are responsible for the subsequent deaths of thousands of Americans, many thousands of Iraqi's, and possibly paved the way for Iran to flex its muscle!

13 posted on 08/19/2008 8:28:18 AM PDT by aShepard (Loose lips Sink ships)
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To: All

The Democrats recently announced the theme for the day that Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Denver — “national security and honoring veterans.”


Oh, good. Now I can switch parties. /s


14 posted on 08/19/2008 8:32:07 AM PDT by BOATSNM8
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To: Interesting Times
I still can't get over the traitor kerry. Hanoi jane does not bother me so much because she is not hiding the fact that she is a wacko. Murtha talks down troops for personal gain. BO has not said much for service to the country but does not accept the flag and other patriotic things.
15 posted on 08/19/2008 8:41:42 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: april15Bendovr

Powerful stuff. Thanks very much for posting the link.


16 posted on 08/19/2008 8:47:13 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: kristinn
Good article!

Thanks very much.

17 posted on 08/19/2008 8:50:40 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: rose

agreed...but would he take it??? I mean his credibility is shot, though not all his fault....


18 posted on 08/19/2008 8:50:54 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: SueRae
Nice pre-emptive strike.

Thanks. Nice perceptive post.

19 posted on 08/19/2008 8:51:55 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times

Thank you for posting the article.

It does a great job at pointing out how Democrats are cheerleaders for failure.


20 posted on 08/19/2008 8:54:59 AM PDT by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: april15Bendovr
It does a great job at pointing out how Democrats are cheerleaders for failure.

I would argue that it goes beyond that -- all the way to premeditated character assassination.

21 posted on 08/19/2008 8:59:45 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times

And treason


22 posted on 08/19/2008 9:01:36 AM PDT by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: mountainlion

Jane Fonda became a born again christian around June 1998, thanks to the witness of her driver.


23 posted on 08/19/2008 9:11:38 AM PDT by beefree (hobby geologist)
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To: beefree
Jane Fonda became a born again christian around June 1998, thanks to the witness of her driver.

Perhaps. That "conversion" doesn't seem to have produced any remorse for helping the communists murder millions of people in Southeast Asia.

24 posted on 08/19/2008 9:17:23 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: rose

I would tend to agree with you if the nominee was Hillary ... but an all black ticket ??? Even the hard core BO supporters I know would have a problem with that.


25 posted on 08/19/2008 9:20:33 AM PDT by RainMan
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To: Interesting Times; Travis McGee; RaceBannon; colorado tanker; archy; Bob J; diotima; Skeet; ...
Excellent article. I say, "Never miss an opportunity to show how Democrats really feel about the military."

Please ping your lists!

Regards,

TS

26 posted on 08/19/2008 9:29:53 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.ToSetTheRecordStraight.com/www.swiftvets.com/www.wintersoldier.com-The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: Interesting Times

Lets not forget the whackos up on the Berkley city counsel (who it can be assumed are either in the Democratic or Communist party) who tried to get the Marine recruiting office booted out of the city.


27 posted on 08/19/2008 9:56:03 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
Lets not forget the whackos up on the Berkley city counsel (who it can be assumed are either in the Democratic or Communist party) who tried to get the Marine recruiting office booted out of the city.

True enough. Still, there was plenty of material to work with from "mainstream" Dems without having to reach for the Code Pink / Berkeley types...

28 posted on 08/19/2008 10:04:01 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for the ping!


29 posted on 08/19/2008 10:05:40 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: beefree
Jane Fonda became a born again christian around June 1998, thanks to the witness of her driver.

And her fruits are good now or still bad?

30 posted on 08/19/2008 10:17:25 AM PDT by LowOiL (Electile Dysfunction: the inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president in 2008)
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To: Interesting Times

One piece of free advice to Barry: don’t begin your acceptance speech by attempting a military salute and announcing, “reporting for duty.”


31 posted on 08/19/2008 10:18:48 AM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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One piece of free advice to Barry: don’t begin your acceptance speech by attempting a military salute and announcing, “reporting for duty.”

How about a Black Power fist salute, and a chant of "Burn, Baby, Burn!"?

32 posted on 08/19/2008 11:35:28 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: The Shrew

i doubt that it’s colin powell; mrs powell objected to the vetting process and the loss of privacy.

a presidential campaign would be exhausting for someone that does not want to be involved.


33 posted on 08/19/2008 1:03:31 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Interesting Times

Yep. Democrats have quite the record of troop support - and we can’t forget the actions of Carter or the Clintons.


34 posted on 08/19/2008 1:23:15 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Interesting Times

ROTFLMAO!


35 posted on 08/19/2008 1:55:39 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: Interesting Times

Bumped and bookmarked.


36 posted on 08/19/2008 4:11:23 PM PDT by alnick
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To: FlashBack
Bkmrk for later.....Kerry???

Or maybe Kerrey?
37 posted on 08/19/2008 4:22:10 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Interesting Times

Out-freakin’-standing, Scott!


38 posted on 08/19/2008 8:07:49 PM PDT by Chieftain (RIP Texas Cowboy, 68-69 TonkinGulfYachtClub and Chief Negotiator, we miss you all.)
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To: Chieftain

Thanks.


39 posted on 08/19/2008 9:29:09 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Interesting Times

Excellent! No one has pulled this together before.

And the examples of RATS trashing our troops could go on and on.


40 posted on 08/19/2008 10:30:42 PM PDT by zot
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To: Interesting Times

thanks for posting this.


41 posted on 08/19/2008 10:36:58 PM PDT by Iowa Granny (Hi Sweetie!!!!! Are you Bitter???)
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To: Interesting Times

Excellent article, FRiend. I’ll ping everyone I know here... ;-)


42 posted on 08/19/2008 10:39:54 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

Excellent article ping!


43 posted on 08/19/2008 10:41:52 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: Interesting Times

Just a note based on anecdotal evidence (and my personal experience)

I joined the AF in 1978 because it was “the right thing to do”. I was and am a patriot. I felt it was my duty.

Carter was president, and my first assignment (1979-1982) was to Okinawa, working on F-4s. I was proud of what I was, but Carter’s presidency made it seem as if I had to apologize for being an American. When Reagan took office, the pride in where I was from came back. While in Germany for Clinton’s presidency, it felt more normal to apologize again.

Under dems, you feel the need to say “I’m an American, I’m sorry.” When Republicans are in office, it’s more “I’m an American, you have a problem with that?”


44 posted on 08/19/2008 10:54:00 PM PDT by Weya (Barack Hussein Obama hates the United States of America. No question about it.)
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To: FlashBack

“national security and honoring veterans.”

&&&
Weasley Clark?


45 posted on 08/20/2008 6:21:50 AM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: Bigg Red
Weasley Clark?

He isn't even invited to the convention.

46 posted on 08/20/2008 6:39:06 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: nutmeg

Hey there. Thanks for pinging your list.


47 posted on 08/20/2008 6:40:12 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: zot
And the examples of RATS trashing our troops could go on and on.

True. I just skimmed off a few of the better-known examples.

48 posted on 08/20/2008 6:41:37 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


49 posted on 08/20/2008 7:11:26 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping, nutmeg. It’s such a sad statement of the Traitors on the Left of this country. I hope God has a special place for them.

They deserve the worst for the damage they continue to do to this country, especially since they know they are lying.


50 posted on 08/20/2008 7:56:23 AM PDT by Monkey Face (All generalizations are dangerous.)
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