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April 12, 2008

Foregainst the Troops

I find it absolutely fascinating that these are the same people who reacted like scalded cats to the slightest questioning of John Kerry's record:

Gen. David H. Petraeus may be as impressive a military professional as the United States has developed in recent years, but he could use some strategic advice on how to manage his sartorial PR. Witness his congressional testimony on the state of the war in Iraq. There he sits in elaborate Army regalia, four stars glistening on each shoulder, nine rows of colorful ribbons on his left breast, and various other medallions, brooches and patches scattered across the rest of the available real estate on his uniform. He even wears his name tag, a lone and incongruous hunk of cheap plastic in a region of pristine gilt, just in case the politicians aren't sure who he is.

That's a lot of martial bling, especially for an officer who hadn't seen combat until five years ago. Unfortunately, brazen preening and "ribbon creep" among the Army's modern-day upper crust have trumped the time-honored military virtues of humility, duty and personal reserve.

But then Kerry's actions were more to their taste: rather than wearing them, he threw his medals away (or more accurately, in what may well be the ultimate gesture of highly nuanced fence straddling by a future presidential candidate, he threw his own ribbons, but someone else's medals. This is the earliest known example of a tactic that would serve Kerry well in years to come, vividly reminding America that he was vehemently Foregainst the military and all it stood for.

But then so many on the Left love our military so much that it has nearly driven them mad with angst. Poor Dick Cavett, so distraught over childhood memories of a war-addled uncle he loved to "tease" by setting off firecrackers and watching the poor man shake like a leaf, is now so horribly upset over the devastation wrought by the war that he berates General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker for not cracking enough jokes during their recent testimony before Congress. Truly, war is a grim business:

Once again it is time to bid aloha to that sober team of mirthless entertainers, Petraeus & Crocker.

It’s hard to imagine where you could find another pair of such sleep-inducing performers.

I can’t look at Petraeus — his uniform ornamented like a Christmas tree with honors, medals and ribbons — without thinking of the great Mort Sahl at the peak of his brilliance. He talked about meeting General Westmoreland in the Vietnam days. Mort, in a virtuoso display of his uncanny detailed knowledge — and memory — of such things, recited the lengthy list (”Distinguished Service Medal, Croix de Guerre with Chevron, Bronze Star, Pacific Campaign” and on and on), naming each of the half-acre of decorations, medals, ornaments, campaign ribbons and other fripperies festooning the general’s sternum in gaudy display. Finishing the detailed list, Mort observed, “Very impressive!” Adding, “If you’re twelve.”

Again with the medals. What is it with these folks? Are they truly unaware that the uniform of the day is not optional? Is it possible in this day and age for people to be both so ignorant and malicious?

It would appear so. If I remain momentarily speechless in their defense, thankfully others are not.

Posted by Cassandra at April 12, 2008 11:47 AM

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Mort observed, “Very impressive!” Adding, “If you’re twelve.”

Odd coincidence -- twelve-year-olds thought Mort Sahl was funny, too.

Posted by: BillT at April 12, 2008 12:45 PM

" Are they truly unaware ".....Yes, of everything, including their own ignornce and stupidity.

Posted by: Edward Lunny at April 12, 2008 12:50 PM

Maybe it's just me, but when a grown man starts sounding bitchier than Joan Rivers, there is something seriously wrong.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 12, 2008 01:23 PM

"Truly, war is a grim business."

I suppose it has been my chief business.

Still, I have not neglected merry songs and bawdy jokes, which any warrior loves. Surely no songs are brighter than those written and sung by fighting men! Doubtless General Petraeus knows one or two himself.

He might even offer them to his listeners -- in an appropriate moment, and in a fitting place. Testifying before Congress is neither, of course, a fact that our child-"men" have failed to learn: along with why a man of thirty or eighty migth be impressed, more even than a boy of twelve, with a genunine Croix de Guerre.

Posted by: Grim at April 12, 2008 02:21 PM

"in an appropriate moment, and in a fitting place. Testifying before Congress is neither, of course, a fact that our child-"men" have failed to learn:"
And there it is...

Posted by: bthun at April 12, 2008 02:39 PM

These folks are all idiots. Testifying before Congress about war is not the time to try out your stand-up routine. Had General Petraeus cracked wise, he would then have been accused of not taking this war, and the unfortunate deaths of our troops, seriously. And you can just imagine the field day the press and the Dems would have had with that...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at April 12, 2008 03:19 PM

Isn't that quoted article the one from the LA Times written by the fop wine critic metro-sexual?

What a putz! His frame of reference appears to be a derivative of cub scout merit badges compared to a military dress uniform.

Posted by: vet66 at April 12, 2008 07:02 PM

"Isn't that quoted article the one from the LA Times written by the fop wine critic metro-sexual?"
Indeed it is Vet66.

I might have to revisit the SixApart cookie problem that prevents me from commenting on Blackfive just so I can give Uncle Jim a BZ for his excellent smack down.

Posted by: bthun at April 12, 2008 07:14 PM

Those folks are just getting back at us for laughing at Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize and Oskkkar.

Posted by: Steve Burri at April 12, 2008 09:05 PM

I especially liked the link to Schoeneman's rant... that was cool.

Posted by: Scott at April 12, 2008 10:34 PM

The good thing with democracy is that the idiots tend to be rotated more and are less secure than their counter-parts in a dictatorship or autocracy.

Why we aren't seeing this advantage to having a representative government given Infinite Byrd and Duo Clinton's time in office, is something for people to question.

A disadvantage to democracies over autocracies is that democracies and republics tend to be unable to get rid of traitors and internal idiots.

I don't actually know why we have all the disadvantages of a republic with none of the advantages, seemingly, but that's an upside down world for you.

Are they truly unaware that the uniform of the day is not optional?

Getting the enemies of Tribe Demoncrat into a Catch 22 is a good thing, Cass, in the eternal warfare between clans and tribes.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 13, 2008 08:40 AM

Is it possible in this day and age for people to be both so ignorant and malicious?

Human nature hasn't changed. That's why we still need executions. Public executions if you ask me.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 13, 2008 08:41 AM

I don't know. I may have more to say about this later - I've been too busy this weekend. Right now I'm just kind of nonplussed.

I understand disagreement. What I don't get is the malice.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 13, 2008 09:05 AM

As I told you on the phone, "op/eds" like these just remind me of my last visit to the zoo's monkey house where the chimps were flinging poo at the glass enclosures.

It's neither intelligent or reasonable.


Posted by: Semper Fi Wife at April 13, 2008 09:50 AM

ms. ladybug, Cavett isn't implying that Gen'l Petraeus offer a late-night monologue rather he'd have more credibility if he'd skip the pedantic and turgid vocabulary to describe "the ethno-secterian competition" so we could recognize the need for the “ongoing processes of substantial increases in personnel” and understand "when the assessment is at point that the conditions are met to recommend the reduction of forces."

Translation: "We haven't turned any corners. We haven't seen any lights at the end of the tunnel. The champagne bottle's been pushed to the back of the refrigerator."

Posted by: say what? at April 13, 2008 12:07 PM

Malice is their motivating emotion.

When they run out of logic, reason, philosophy, what's left?

Not love, generosity, forebearance or any notion of our common history or common destiny.

Malice. It explains a lot of things. All hate, all the time. They even have their own network: MSNBC. CNN doesn't have anywhere near the malice that those guys do.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at April 13, 2008 12:09 PM

Cavett isn't implying that Gen'l Petraeus offer a late-night monologue rather he'd have more credibility if he'd skip the pedantic and turgid vocabulary to describe "the ethno-secterian competition" so we could recognize the need for the “ongoing processes of substantial increases in personnel” and understand "when the assessment is at point that the conditions are met to recommend the reduction of forces."

Why, given the undoubted eloquence Dick Cavett ought to be able to summon (let's face it - this "professional" went out of his way to belittle the verbal dexterity of two men who *don't* make their living slinging words around, mocking them for not being as polished as professional pundits as they were grilled day after day on camera in front of Congress) didn't he just come out and say what he meant instead of throwing out catty insults?

Seems to me that if you made a career out of talking, you ought to be able to get your point across without throwing in a boatload of gratuitous personal insults (or, for that matter, requiring a translator).

Attack their testimony on the merits, if that is the message that is important. Belittling the number of ribbons on someone's chest when they are wearing a mandatory uniform or snottily counting the number of "um's" when someone is being grilled on national TV (an experience I'll dare say Cavett never had to endure) is not only petty, but shows he lacks the intellectual stamina to follow, much less deliver an effective riposte to, either gentleman's testimony.

Classy. Truly classy.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 13, 2008 12:57 PM

This comment to Cavit's article sums it up rightly> "Dick, you miss the point. The uniform and its medals were the entire message. It didn’t matter what he said. "

Posted by: orson at April 13, 2008 01:56 PM

The uniform and its medals were the entire message. It didn’t matter what he said.

*That* has got to be the single stupidest thing I've heard anyone say.

Not only is that the same uniform Petraeus has appeared in publicly countless other times, but a military officer testifying before Congress has no choice but to wear his uniform.

Duh. There is no 'metamessage' here anyone with an IQ above room temperature would find even mildly remarkable.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 13, 2008 02:58 PM

It's like... you know... those horrid police officers who wear their uniforms to court when they testify... they are just doing it to intimidate the court and their actual testimony therefore becomes completely irrelevant.

What a maroon.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 13, 2008 03:07 PM

It makes one wonder where this country is going when this tripe becomes "mainstream" in the MSM and increasingly society in general. My suggestion is to call Greenpiss, or the Sierra Club the next time America is attacked, or an illegal alien crawls through your lefty window at night.

Posted by: Mark at April 13, 2008 03:15 PM

""Dick, you miss the point"

Actually, I found this to be the most relevant comment..
for Orson too....

Posted by: Semper Fi Wife at April 13, 2008 04:53 PM

say what~

I'll admit I didn't follow the link to Cavett's blog. I've been kinda busy the last few days. What I based my comment on was this bit from Cass' excerpt:

Once again it is time to bid aloha to that sober team of mirthless entertainers, Petraeus & Crocker.

It’s hard to imagine where you could find another pair of such sleep-inducing performers.
Makes it sound like he wants them to throw a bit of humor into it, liven things up a bit...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at April 14, 2008 01:41 AM

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the - Web Reconnaissance for 04/14/2008 A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

Posted by: David M at April 14, 2008 11:13 AM

I wonder which one of the Petraeus and Crocker team is Mr. Clock and Mr. Pink.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 16, 2008 12:09 PM

The uniform and its medals were the entire message. It didn’t matter what he said.

Spoken like a true member of a totalitarian and/or/including fascist regime, boyo.

It's quite obvious that under the Left's hatred of all things military, that they secretly love those mass murdering killers in the SS uniforms, since that is often the only thing they ever care about.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 16, 2008 12:11 PM

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