24 January 2006

"Warriors and Wusses" Fisking Roundup

In case you've been incommunicado for the last 24 hours, here's a roundup of reaction to yesterday's charming Los Angeles Times op ed column by Joel Stein.

A couple of excerpts:
I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car.

Yeah, must be hard being you, Joel.
Besides, those little yellow ribbons aren't really for the troops. They need body armor, shorter stays and a USO show by the cast of "Laguna Beach."

The real purpose of those ribbons is to ease some of the guilt we feel for voting to send them to war and then making absolutely no sacrifices other than enduring two Wolf Blitzer shows a day.

Who's "we"?
But blaming the president is a little too easy. The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. An army of people ignoring their morality, by the way, is also Jack Abramoff's pet name for the House of Representatives.

I do sympathize with people who joined up to protect our country, especially after 9/11, and were tricked into fighting in Iraq. I get mad when I'm tricked into clicking on a pop-up ad, so I can only imagine how they feel.

No, I don't think you can imagine how they feel, Joel. Not one teensy, tinsy, little bit.

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Excellent fisking here:

Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette (scroll down)
Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive
Hugh Hewitt's post and transcript/audio of his interview with Joel Stein at Radio Blogger (buckle up for this one)
Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin again
Mark in Mexico
James Joyner, Outside the Beltway
Grim at Grim's Hall
Jeff Goldstein at protein wisdom
Neptunus Lex
Some perspective from The Officers' Club
Eric at Myopic Zeal piles on with an update
Miserable Donuts via Sgt Hook

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