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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Zell, No

This is just one of the most disgusting speeches I have ever seen. Aside from impugning the patriotism of John Kerry with all sorts of false charges, Miller simply didn't make sense in his way of looking at the world. For example:

No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.

I believe that our soldiers are a bunch of men with guns who do what they're told to do by their leaders. It's up to leaders to use force properly. If force is used properly, then our troops can do good things and be liberators. If our leaders make bad decisions, our troops end up acting as oppressors. I don't see what is so damn complicated about this.

Look, US military force has been used for plenty of bad things in the past, from the Mexican War to the Spanish-American War to dropping the A-bombs on Japan to Vietnam to the current boondoggle in Iraq, where we've seen things like Abu Ghraib. We've also done lots of other good and necessary things with the powerful military we have. But if we start assuming that all military action if de facto good and honorable, then we're in trouble.

And by the way, John Kerry has shot and killed people wearing the uniform of the US military, and I don't think he did that with spitballs.