Skip to comments.Stop saying "support our troops" rants VA Tech professor (He's Jordanian/Palestinian)
Posted on 09/05/2013 8:52:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Steven Salaita, an associate professor at Virginia Tech wrote an op ed column on Salon.com calling for Americans to stop saying support the troops, calling the phrase trite and tiresome.
Salaitas motivation for his tirade against what he sees as blind support for the military came after he went to a convenience store in the south and made a purchase for $1.82. After he paid with two one dollar bills, the woman working the register asked Salaita if he would like to donate your change to the troops?
Next to the register was a jar with support our troops written on the outside.
The professors response to the request to contribute his 18 cents to the military was a firm No, thank you.
In recent years Ive grown fatigued of appeals on behalf of the troops, which intensify in proportion to the belligerence or potential unpopularity of the imperial adventure du jour, Salaita wrote.
Such troop worship is trite and tiresome, but thats not its primary danger, Salaita continued. Numerous veterans have returned home to inadequate medical coverage, psychological afflictions, unemployment and increased risk of cancer. The free market and corporate magnanimity are supposed to address these matters, but neither has ever been a viable substitute for the dynamic practices of communal policymaking.
Salaita admits in his write up that he did not bother to ask about where the donations were going because he says that the answer would not have made any difference to him and would not have affected his decision about contributing. He states that he would not have contributed regardless of the specific organization....
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Bio: Steven Salaita is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech.
He is the author of six books and writes frequently about Arab Americans, Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, and decolonization. His current book project is entitled Images of Arabs and Muslims in the Age of Obama.
Steven grew up in Bluefield, Virginia, to a mother from Nicaragua (by way of Palestine) and a father from Madaba, Jordan. He now lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with his wife, bichon frise, and orange tabby.
Tells you all you need to know.
I think I might send a nice patriotic letter to this guy.
Support Our Troops! If he doesn’t like it, he can get the hell out of the USA!
I have an idea, why doesn’t this A**hat go back to Jordan since there is no such place as Palestine and F**k himself. He doesn’t like us saying support our troops he can bloody well get out of OUR country.
He looks like he could be a brother to the murdering Fort Hood terrorist.
If I was a liberal Democrat in 2013, I’d be laughing and crapping on everyone too.
No one anywhere is lifting a finger to stop any of these people...
bichon frise is a funny name for his wife ... wonder if she wears a burka.
Yet in the real world of 2013, he lives a nice life, makes more money than 96% of the people in this country, will soon be tenured and ain’t going anywhere. Hell, he’ll probably have a mid-level place in the Hillary Clinton administration, if I had to predict anything.
His column is protected under the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.
So are your comments and responses. :)
I didn’t realize you were a professor of constitutional law, just like our Dear Leader...
Who, strangely enough, also attended Tech.
has a dog and a cat but no children - guess we should be thankful for that.
VA Tech - where students and teachers curl up and hide whenever danger appears
I grind my teeth sometimes that my soldier is serving to protect this asshat's right to be an asshat, but that's how it works.
with his wife, bichon frise, and orange tabby
What an ODD name of his wife...Bichon Frise.
I guess Orange Tabby must be his daughter.
I support the troops putting an end to domestic traitors..starting with this POS.
I also thought it was a funny name for his wife! LOL. Maybe that’s why he’s so angry.
and i think calling yourself a palistinian (a made up nationality that never existed)trite.
“America. Love it or get the hell out you chrome domed, goat-raping egghead.”
Hugh Hewitt graciously and subtly Skewered him speechless last week on his show for not having read ANYTHING on the subject.
He’d look better with a Louisville Slugger stuck to his teeth.
I’m quickly coming to the opinion that what the world needs is western colonization... The world needs to be fully westernized.
Actually, it’s probably very politically correct — I mean, look at all the unique names that have been coming up lately — Shaneequa, LaQuandah, Bichon Frise ... ::shrug::
Apostrophe abuse. Even professional journalists are catching the bug.
I’ll bet he’d gladly buy a suicide vest for a 10 year old in Palestine. And I’d gladly contribute to a one way ticket to Gaza for the professor.
Utterly unfair criticism.
Another person to contact on this issue: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neither his faculty page at VT nor his public LinkedIn profile lists any academic credentials at all—only that he’s taught at VT since 2006.