In case you’ve had your head in the sand for the past week, L.A. Times
Moonbat in the field Columnist Joel Stein (aka, "The Titanic of the Times") published a column entitled "Warriors and Wusses" in which he demonstrates his (and by association, the editors of the Times’) patriotism with courageous statements like:
"I don’t support our troops,"
(the opening line of the article)
"people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they’re following orders or not"
(the quote, in context, states that we cannot blame "only" the President for military actions with which we do not agree, and that the idea of soldiers "ignoring" their morals in the name of "following orders" is "horrific.")
"when you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you’re not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you’re willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse."
(So: all soldiers are tools of American imperialism. I’m sure my father-in-law, a retired Marine Master Sergeant, would appreciate knowing he dedicated a substantial portion of his life to promoting American imperialism. Last time I checked, he (and the rest of us) thought he was "protecting freedom and serving our country.")
This piece of (censored for language unbecoming of a yak) ends with a trite attempt at humor in which the shoveler (when all you’re doing is moving this stuff around, I’m not calling you a writer) states, "Please, no parades. Seriously, The traffic is insufferable."
Gee, I’m sorry our appreciation got in the way of your commute.
Fortunately for the rest of us, Hugh Hewitt also noticed the fish-wrap in question and called The Titanic of the Times requesting an interview, which the Titanic, not recognizing that "The Ice(berg)man Cometh," granted.
More below the fold.
If you want to see what happens when an irrational force meets a sentient object, the entire transcript is up at RadioBlogger. For those too busy (or angry) to click through, here are the major holes (in addition to the article itself) that brought the great ship down (italics, as always, are mine):
Ice(berg)man Hewitt: "who is your closest family member or friend who is on active duty?"
Titanic: "That’s an excellent question. I wouldn’t say I have a very close friend. I would say only acquaintances. No family at all."
Turns out, later in the interview, the Titanic remembers he has a cousin – of the same name as himself (apologies to that cousin for the cross he has to bear) – who attended West Point and is currently on active duty in the U.S. Military. Compartment #1…filling.
Titanic: "All the troops that are here to defend our country, I’m very, very grateful for. I’m grateful for the police…"
Ice(berg)man: "Provided they don’t leave the country?"
Titanic: "Yeah, provided they don’t fight in wars that I think are endangering them for no reason."
(Captain…we seem to be taking on more water…)
Ice(berg)man: "And the moment they do, you stop honoring them?"
Titanic: "The moment I do, I think it’s a poor idea to show support for them and prolong that engagement."
Support the troops, as long as they stay here and don’t do anything. The minute they go overseas, or enter a danger zone, we stop honoring them. Compartment #2…filling.
Ice(berg)man: "Let me ask you a tough question, Joel, because this is the toughest one. J.P. Blecksmith was a young Marine lieutenant, graduated from Annapolis, killed in Fallujah on November 11th, 2004. Just a tremendous human being and man. If you meet his parents on the street, what do you say to them?"
Titanic: "That I’m so, so sorry."
Ice(berg)man: "Do you honor the service that their son did?"
Titanic: "To honor the service their son…now this is a dumb question, but what do you mean by honor?…"
Ice(berg)man: "Honor usually means gratitude and esteem. Are you grateful for and esteem what he did? Honestly?"
Titanic: "Honestly? I admire the bravery. I don’t…you know, I feel like he did something I could never do, so I’m kind of in awe on some level. Am I grateful, that I feel like he protected me? Um, no I don’t."
I’m sorry your son died, but it means nothing to me. He didn’t help me personally, and that’s all I care about. Compartment #3…filling…
Ice(berg)man: "And so, do you think he died in vain?"
Titanic: "Yeah. I do."
Ice(berg)man: "If you had it to do over again, would you write this column?"
Titanic: "Yes. I would. I might change some things. I might be clear. But the primary thesis of the column I still believe in, although I sound to you very convincing."
Compartment #5, full, and the ship is on its way to the bottom.
I admit, I have a certain amount of (incredulous) respect for someone willing to stand the line and defend such an outrageous column and point of view. I have to give Mr. Stein credit for fortitude, and although it doesn’t make up for the massive points he’s lost in the areas of credibility and connection with reality, he’s at least willing to defend himself without changing his story when confronted with opposition.
He has also made me sorry I don’t subscribe to the L.A. Times, because I would have enjoyed canceling my subscription over this one. If you do subscribe, and have something to say, the number is: 1-888-565-2323.
Tip of the horns to others not letting Stein off the hook: Van Helsing at Moonbattery, the always-attentive Michelle Malkin, our friends at Conservababes (Right from New Fallujah), Euphoric Reality (who has, we think, one of the best-titled posts around – go see), Wizbang (on the ball, as always) and Hugh Hewitt (who led the charge).
Linked to OTP at TMH’s Bacon Bits (mmm, bacon bits),the midweek Party-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named at Stuck on Stupid and the OTP at Right Wing Nation.