A South Dakota legislator writes a letter to the editor that makes you wonder if a whole lot of proudly presented credentials fail to add any credibility whatsoever. What is wrong with the water in this guy's legislative district?
From the Argus Leader online after I followed a link at PP's SD War College. LINK-- Argus Leader Letter to Editor--Herseth Emboldens Enemy"
As a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army, a lifetime member of the MOAA, VFW, American Legion and DAV, a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Air War College, and the Army War College and a Vietnam veteran,
Gee Whiz. One might expect some common sense from this guy. But no. We get from him the same kind of right-wing rah-rah crap that helped send him to Vietnam for that misbegotten miserable failure of 2 Republican administrations and 2 Democratic administrations. Oh when will they ever learn? .....Nixon had a secret plan to end the war too. Ah, the memories..kids being shot at Kent State. enough to still gladden the hearts of wingnut loons..but back to wingnut "reality" here.
Orville B. Schmidt, State Senator and retired US Army Colonel, spews all the right-wing loon cant and boilerplate that still echoes around empty heads like a marble in a milk bucket. A few choice sentences
I ask you to consider how Herseth has gotten to be such an expert that she can deny the commander-in-chief, the Defense Department, the Secretary of State and our brave soldiers the resources they need to fight and win in Iraq? Why it is OK to embolden our enemy by publishing a timetable for withdrawal?Where have we heard that line of crap before? Let's see the term "embolden our enemy" probably comes straight from the smirking mouth of the Error in chief or one of his pandering flunkies.
So amazing that this action of Congress (which Schmidt mischaracterizes) is so carefully understood by the enemy and so totally misunderstood or misused by the former Colonel and the White House pResident.
And then the expert on all failed wars writes this:
I was once a soldier in Vietnam. The actions by our political leaders of the time told me that my service to our country was not appreciated. I was told, "You poor boy. You shouldn't be there."
First, I doubt anybody actually said anything quite like that to him unless it was an aged aunt of his, but if somebody actually did say something like that, he failed to understand that it was probably coming from actual conern and awareness that his life and others might be wasted in that idiotic war. Schmidt never did apparently figure out what one USD ROTC prof figured out as soon as he got back to the US and out of the military propaganda mill...and that was that the war was doomed to failure from day one of the US involvement in the Eisenhower administration and following the years of failed wars by the French. And, he dreaded being returned to Vietnam after his wounds were partially healed.
And here we have more self-serving bullshit than I have seen packed into one paragraph in years:
Our country is at war. Please listen to the advice of our military leaders who have studied diligently at our war colleges, who have the expertise, who have served admirably in peace and war and who are protecting this country from enemies foreign and domestic.
Please support our troops in Iraq. Give them the political support they need to win and don't embolden our enemy. Please protect this country from the terrorists who hate us.
How many stupid logical errors and rhetorical tricks can you spot in that tripe? Notice that he self-proclaimed his credentials as being relevant and then shoots them out in a closing paragraph again. This is the sound of a man patting himself on the back followed by non sequiturs errors. It is an appeal to "authority" that is the author himself.
The soldiers in Iraq are not protecting this country from terrorists no matter how many times George Bush makes that claim and Schmidt regurgitates it. Bush conflated 9-11 and Iraq into a war with a collection of carefully crafted misleading statements supported by carefully selected fraudulent information. Iraq had little to do with world terrorism and probably nothing to do with terrorism in the US until George Bush made an enemy of a country to which his own Rumsfeld had previously supplied weapons.
There is nothing any soldier in Iraq is doing now that will ever protect the US from "the terrorists that hate us".
I think Herseth, Daschle, and Johnson made terrible errors in supporting Bush war powers. Readers here know that. We can't totally know their motivations. If we are generous, we may think it was a selfless decision made in the interests of the country. I think that is however naive. My guess is they thought the war would be over soon and that Bush would not engage in "nation building" as part of an oil theft operation and that supporting that war gave them a "get re-elected free" card that would be nearly cost-free to the US.
Well, whichever... it was a collection of serious miscalculations with disastrous consequences for the United States and with the waste of over 3,000 US lives in Iraq already essentially doubling the "victims" of the 9-11 terrorism.
Despite that, the Schmidt attack on Herseth is just plain despicable. He may be incapable of learning anything from past mistakes and that may explain his WWI or WWII attitudes.
Herseth is helping send a message to the imbecile in the White House. The support of that liar by people like Schmidt (and Rounds) shows there is no limit to exploiting the last refuge of scoundrels. Maybe Herseth has a conscience. Maybe she has a wet finger in the wind. Perhaps both, but whatever she has finally made a bold step not in the direction of emboldening the enemy by in sending a wakeup call to Bush,Inc.
If Herseth, Johnson and Daschle ever thought that going easy on Bush would keep him from attacking them, they should all by now know that no good deed goes unpunished by weasel Bush. Bush,Inc. has apparently put Herseth on the "Top 20 Hit List". He has already campaigned against Daschle and Johnson. Thankless uber-partisan SOB that Bush is has already been demonstrated multiple times.
I probably would not react to such a letter of complete fraud and idiocy if I did not remember newspapers filled with the same kind of crap in the days of Vietnam. They were also filled with photos of WWII and Korean veterans marching in parades waving flags and cops attacking and gassing hippies and peace demonstrators.
Schmidt is engaging in the same kind of bloody shirt waving that in the case of Vietnam meant 50,000 lives would be wasted. Apparently 3,000 wasted on a fool's errand of building democracy in Iraq is not enough. How many will have to die there before guys like Schmidt get smart? How many more brains will have to be permently rattled? And will Henry Kissinger live long enough to apply his principles of diplomacy to Bush?
And we wonder how the SD legislature can spend so much time and money and really accomplish so little.
***Stay tuned for further tales of the amazing shrinking Bush--Doug Wiken