Being a military guy, I 've been trying to wrap my brain around Joel Stein's "column" and his attitude concerning supporting the troops. I am finding it very difficult to express my feelings on this without using language that would not be reflective of my education level, rank, position or maturity.
I cannot do it better than Hugh Hewitt did, when he had the smarmy little punk on his radio show, so I won't. It is long, but worth the time it takes to read.
Snapshot, tube 2. Fire.
HH: You do honor military service?
JS: Yeah. No, I'm grateful for people that serve in the military.
HH: But you don't support our troops?
JS: I don't...I don't believe in supporting the troops in an action that you don't believe in.
HH: And so, that would be everything I've named thus far. So I guess...did you support and honor the troops in the Pentagon on 9/11?
JS: Sure, yeah.
HH: All right.
JS: All the troops that are here to defend our country, I'm very, very grateful for. I'm grateful for the police...
HH: Provided they don't leave the country?
JS: Yeah, provided they don't fight in wars that I think are endangering them for no reason. ...
... HH: And the people who've died in Afghanistan. Have they died in vain?
JS: Well, if they haven't, what have they accomplished?
HH: I'm asking you, Joel. You wrote the column. You tell me. Have they accomplished nothing?
JS: Well, um, do I think that I, as an American, are safer because of what they did?
HH: That wasn't what I asked. I askd did they accomplish anything in going to Afghanistan.
JS: If I were an Afghani, I would probably...if I lived in Kabul, I probably would think that they accomplished something, sure.
Read the whole thing. Spectacularly done Mr. Hewitt, my hat is off to you.
At one time I thought I wanted my kids to go to Stanford. If this any indication of the type of people that attend stanford or the kind of education a person gets there, no way - no how. Hillsdale is looking really good for my education dollars...
H/T to Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive.