Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson has a ridiculous “column” at National Review Online today. I put column in scare-quotes because the majority of it is a listing of blurbs from American soldiers blasting the anti-war left. Where do the quotes come from? Patterson’s new book, War Crimes: The Left’s Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terror.
Here’s one quote he posts that really pissed me off (actually, they all did, but this one in particular):
“Some of the American public have no idea how much freedom costs and who the people are that pay that awful price. I think sometimes people just see us as nameless and faceless and not really as humans…A good portion of us are actually scared that when we come home, for those of us who make it back, that there will be protesters waiting for us and that is scary.”—Specialist Jason Gilson, U.S. Army
This is untrue on its face. I have heard of no, zero, zilch instances of soldiers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan being greeted by anti-war protesters, and especially not protesters aiming their vitriol at the soldiers. In fact, the folks who never believed in going into this war (myself included) and those who still oppose it have shown tremendous respect for our troops and their sacrifices.
The only real protests I’ve seen — and they’re quite horrific — are those thrown by the religious-right Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church crew at soldiers’ funerals. They definitely ain’t part of the anti-war left.
While Spc. Gilson may truly believe what he told Lt. Col. Patterson, it is Patterson’s duty not to print utter falsehoods or to allow that trooper to continue operating under the illusion that his fellow Americans do not support him or his comrades in arms.
[Hotel Tango: The Tank, who disagrees with me.]