Support the troops! Shoot the messengers! (The Moonbat Gambit)

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 23, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

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A video released at the site has the digital brownshirts in an uproar, and they’re loving every minute of it. I think Peter has a point here… it looks, walks and quacks like a duck *and* there happen to be 167 Elmer Fudds on stand-by to shoot the thing down, so please excuse me for raising an eyebrow.

Pajamas Media has a round-up of links here, but if you want to jump straight to the latest highlight, here’s proof that Jesse Macbeth is a criminal leftist moonbat.

Because that’s how we should be viewing any statement regarding the conduct of our forces in Iraq.

It is never a question of leadership… and God forbid that anything should be the responsibility of the governments that put them in an increasingly impossible situation. No, it is always an attack on the troops by scum fit only to be demonised… because:

a) It presents folks with a fresh/easy target
b) It neatly redirects the focus from those responsible for the mess in Iraq to the troops, because…
c) Anything that does go wrong is the fault of the troops anyway (see: Bad Apples, Operational Difficulties and Tactical – Not Strategic – Errors)
d) Did we mention that this leftist scum isn’t supporting the troops?

This framing also helps to cast all those who opposed the invasion of Iraq as anti-war. Not anti-Iraq-war, but so very, very anti-all-war that we hate all soldiers (so much so that we wish they would all die.)

Ah, yes… hate; another glorious aspect of this gambit.

We are not driven by compassion… because we hate. We are blinded to all practical concerns… by our hate. (Note for the record; this message comes to you from the crowd that is so full of love for their fellow man that they wish to turn large parts of Iran into a parking lot.)

Did anyone catch last night’s Dispatches?

(SIDEBAR: It was fronted by Andrew Gilligan, so 10 points goes to the first person who spots a wingnut rubbishing/dismissing the evidence in this programme by proclaiming that Gilligan was ‘disgraced’ over his claims of sexed-up dossiers and/or that Channel 4 has a blatant anti-war bias. This, of course, brings to mind the ‘shoot the messenger’ and ‘alienate at all costs’ aspect of this ploy, that is best understood by watching Lowell Ponte react to Neil Young singing “Let’s impeach the president for lying, and leading our country into war” by asking why this Canadian-born singer dares to use the words ‘our’ and ‘country’ in close proximity.)

In this latest programme (‘Battle Fatigue’), we saw evidence that Geoff Hoon misled the House as part of the government’s ongoing attempts to hide troops casualty figures from the public. We also learned that the government is neglecting wounded troops, and using extremely heavy-handed methods to stop their stories from entering the public domain. But it’s hard to keep such things a secret from those active in the military; people who know exactly what it means when one of their number is thrown to the wolves.

In such circumstances, you would expect a down-turn in recruitment figures, but – happily for all concerned – you’re not going to see evidence of this downturn while the government is lowering recruitment targets so they can claim to be meeting them. Meanwhile the troops we do have are overworked as a result, and – in some cases – returned for a further tour of Iraq even if they aren’t medically/physically/mentally fit for such duty.

But by pointing this out, I do not seek to support the troops… it should be quite obvious by now that I hate them. Because I’m a traitorous leftist conspiracy-hungry soap-dodging, work-shy, drug-addled moonbat.

Related link: Iraq, Friendly Fire, Civilian Casualties, and a Total Lack Of Torture

1 Comment

  1. johnnyvoid says

    i think they got us on this oneWe are all Jessies!The right is claiming victory in the Jessie Macbeth saga with unbearable smugness. Ignoring the continued lies, smears and disinformation that drips daily from the hands of republican loving, so-called news outlets the right is acting with a moral indignation derived from years of covering their eyes and crossing their fingers when spreading their own packs of lies.Having said that it looks very much like our Jessie was not in the US Rangers or possibly even in the military. This is a direct quote given apparantly by Army spokesman John Boyce”Initial research by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg shows no Soldier with the name of Jesse Macbeth having ever been assigned to the Special Forces or the Army Rangers ? which are, in fact, two separate disciplines. This appears to be some sort of hoax. No Soldier by that name at Fort Lewis to our knowledge, in the past, either. Of course, the line about “go into the Army or go to jail” is vintage TV script not heard since the 1960s. There are also numerous wear and appearance issues with the Soldier’s uniform ? a mix of foreign uniforms with the sleeves rolled up like a Marine and a badly floppy tan beret worn like a pastry chef. Of course, the allegations of war crimes are vague, as are the awards the Soldier allegedly received.” sourceThe film was made by Pepperspray production, an indepedant media outlet, with close affiliations to indymedia. The organisation generally would be regarded as a legitimate source, and both them and indymedia in the US seem to have remained quiet on the issue. Jessie has also been active with the anti-war group Iraq Veterans Against War ( although there is no medntion of him or this video on their website.So the question is who is Jessie Macbeth, a low grade prankster, a delusional misfit, a wannabe actor or a disinfomation op, created by the anti-war left or the reactionary right, to discredit the war or discredit the IVAW respectively.Or perhaps he is for real .. tho’ it looks ever more doubtful, many leftwing blogs and news organisation are still carrying the video as genuine. An air of uncharacteristic bashfulness seems to have descended on many left wing commentators who supported Jessie however, a few seem to be battling it out but without any real confidence.In any event it should be remembered that whilst many of Jessie’s claims were outlandish many of the things he speaks of alomst certainly are being carried out right now and in our name. If this video can have any positive effect at all it will be to remind people that’s wars aren’t pretty, children and innocents get killed and that to make the decision to go to war is one of the gravest decisions that can be made …… and should not be made on the back of a bunch of half truths, downright lies, and pinch of post 9/11 hysteria added to a shedload of Fox News propaganda.the void says give the man an oscar. Whilst the whole stunt is maybe of dubious morality, not particularly helping anti-war activists or pro-war hawks he gives a fine performance. The slight stutter, not bad enough to affect the fluency of his tale, but enough to give a veneer of vulnerability is a genius touch. This man needs his own TV show, along with another wasted talent just waiting for the right vehicle … Saddam Hussein! As a politician a bastard granted, but what a performer, he could be the next Jerry Springer and Jesse could be his first guest. Do I get a job at Fox yet?

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