Skip to comments.Arianna Huffington Uses the Onion to Support Anti-Petraus, Anti-'the Generals' Argument
Posted on 11/18/2012 8:51:55 AM PST by walford
In her "Sunday Roundup" post at the site which bears her last name, Arianna Huffington supported that notion that "This week, America finally began questioning the judgment of its generals," but lamented that the scrutiny is over "sexual conduct rather than military conduct."
Fine, that's her opinion. But what's really odd is that she apparently thought that referencing a headline found at the Onion would be seen by readers as meaningful support for her argument (HT to a NewsBusters tipster):
If our failed military strategy in Afghanistan had gotten half the airtime of Petraeus' failed marital strategy in Tampa, there would be far fewer families mourning the loss of a truly fallen soldier. This Onion headline perfectly sums up our country's perverted priorities: "Nation Horrified To Learn About War In Afghanistan While Reading Up On Petraeus Sex Scandal."
You don't understand, Arianna. The reason "our failed military strategy" doesn't get media attention is that the person presiding over the war for the past four years is a Democrat deemed untouchable by the establishment press -- a posture you have generally supported any time a center-right reporter or commentator points out his considerable shortcomings in so many policy areas.
A strong argument can be made that the reason for the lack of progress and in some instance backsliding in Afghanistan is Obama administration-imposed constraints on what soldiers can and cannot do in the battlefield, as explained by Marine war veteran Paul Szoldra at Business Insider in August:
MARINE: Strict Rules Of Engagement Are Killing More Americans Than Enemy In This Lost War
... the war is forgotten by everyone except the men and women who continue to fight it. My mostly quiet wartime memory of 2005 has exploded into a battlefield of heavy combat with the casualties to go along with it.
And yet all the blood, destructionall the efforts of our militarycannot change the unfortunate and highly probable outcome that our 2014 exit from Afghanistan will be marked as a failure.
I dont want to believe it, but we are losing this war.
Each day our soldiers and Marines leave the wire, only to face increasing attacks from a determined enemy. An insurgency that continues to enjoy supporteven from inside a corrupt government in Kabul as well as Islamabad.
... Instead of being afraid of the might of U.S. firepower, enemy fighters use our rules of engagement (ROE) and restrictions on air support against us. When faced with a split-second decision of whether to shoot, soldiers many times must hesitateor be investigated. Or, as in the case of the 2009 Battle of Ganjgal, excessive restrictions on air and artillery assets unfortunately meant excessive American deaths.
We are willing to restrict ourselves to the point of helplessness to avoid even a possibility of civilian casualties, said one military officer who Ill refer to as Evan, speaking on condition of anonymity. I have personally watched the same man arm and disarm 12 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) over a week, with no strikes allowed due to collateral concerns.
The failure of the war does not rest at the hands of the brave troops who patrol every day. It lies with top military leadership and politicians, who have effectively choked our troops so badly that their mission has become impossible.
I cannot emphasize just how badly the pullout date has ruined our efforts over here, said Evan. Down to the lowest soldier, there is a very palpable sense that everything weve done is too little, too late.
Huffington calls it a "scandal" that "U.S. and allied soldiers are still dying in Afghanistan at a rate of one per day, as America's longest war drags on." (I wonder if she has ever called the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans as a result of Operation Fast and Furious a "scandal"?) She's right, but the blame for the "scandal" goes to the ROE -- and that's not the soldiers' or the generals' fault, except in one sense: Perhaps if more generals spoke out against the ROE, things might change. If they are prohibited from doing so by their codes of conduct as soldiers and they really believe that the ROE put their men and women in harm's way, I would think that resignation might be the most viable option.
As to Huffington's link to the Onion, I guess Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert weren't available for quotes before her deadline.
Since the 1960s, soldiers don’t “lose” wars. POLITICIANS do!
I agree. Fire the commander and chief. He's done more harm to the world than any of those before him. He has GOT to resign for the good of this country. It's our only hope.
Who the hell gives a crap about huffington?
Who the hell gives a crap about huffington?
I’d just as soon hear worldly opinions from a retired New York Mets outfielder....than the Huff.
“Fire the commander and chief. He’s done more harm to the world than any of those before him. He has GOT to resign for the good of this country. It’s our only hope.”
Enough of the American people don’t care enough to have put him back into office to inflict more harm on the economy and on our national security at home and abroad.
We needn’t waste our energy wistfully hoping for what others might do. We must find a way to cope with this. Many senior officers left the military rather than continue to serve under Jimmy Carter once it became obvious how harmful to one’s reputation it could be to serve under an incompetent CINC.
I invite you to review how Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub was relieved of command in South Korea by Jimmah because he told the truth.
If I had a friend in the military serving in harms way under Obama, I would encourage them to get out as soon as legally possible. They are being set up for failure — and to take the blame.
The problem is, many people share HuffPo’s views on things. Indeed, this viewpoint dominates the media, academia and the entertainment industry. This is the main source of information for the American people.
So we need to understand it if we are going to be able to cope with it, much less defeat it. Preaching to the choir is simply not going to be enough. We are in the throes of a mortal struggle for the very survival of America.
Know thine enemy.
Is that old rip still around? I thought her own people ate her alive after she sold ‘em out.
By their (liberal) fruits ye will know them.
Fish from the right side of the boast, because the left side is barren.
Christ will stand in the right hand side of God.
The wise man's heart directs him toward the right and the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.
The disciples ask if one could sit on the right and one on the left and Jesus said they didn't know what they were asking for.
WHO gave the order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?