Oh that Michael Moore
By RU Contributor Antonio Aguilar
Ah, Michael Moore; the name is synonymous with felony level douchebagery (I think that’s a word). My own little love affair with this sad excuse for a journalist began some time back in 2004. My unit, G Troop 2/1 AD, was in Baghdad having a fun little time on our first deployment to Iraq. We were given a reporter to take a long on a raid and we did. We secured everyone, segregated the men from the women and children so that they wouldn’t be humiliated by having to be seen in cuffs by their families. The women and children were made comfortable in one room, allowed to sit down and given water. That didn’t stop them from crying. Then, Fahrenheit 9/11 came out and I found out, in 2004, that the footage shot by that reporter made it into the film. With a little clever editing, a fairly soft handed raid became a picture of American soldiers brutalizing Iraqi civilians, with a heavy emphasis on the tears.
Well, a few days ago I stumbled across another little gem by this douche, his New Year’s resolutions. A Fox News video brought this to my attention, and while I like Fox I still had to look into it myself. Sure enough, there it was in his own words; ‘Stop saying “I support the troops.” I don’t.’ He went into a long rant trying to justify his position, but one line stood out: “But at some point all individuals must answer for their actions, and now that we know our military leaders do things that have nothing to do with defending our lives, why would anyone sign up for this rogue organization?” He tries to claim that he still has respect for soldiers, but he has no respect for the organization that they comprise? Well, that’s just plain stupid. I suspect he took a lot of heat for that, and on January 3rd he published a half-ass explanation in Huffington Post, one of the few media outlets that will still give him a voice:
“I don’t support the troops, America, and neither do you. I am tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess what — a lot of these soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines see right through the bullshit of those words, “I support the troops!,” spoken by Americans with such false sincerity — false because our actions don’t match our words. These young men and women sign up to risk their very lives to protect us — and this is what they get in return:”
What follows is a long rant of everything that, in his mind, is wrong with the military and America. Most notably; soldiers fight unnecessary wars and are pawns of the ‘military-industrial complex’, the military is overrun with rampant sexual assault, and veterans are pretty much failures who end up jobless, homeless, and killing themselves. He cares so much that when he sees homeless veterans on the street he admits that he just walks on by.
So if Mr. Moore thinks that there is something seriously wrong with how the military itself, and America, treats soldiers then when is he doing about it? His answer; “I’ve done nothing.” So then what the hell, if he cares so much as he claims, is his point in saying he doesn’t support the troops?
‘I don’t “support the troops” or any of those other hollow and hypocritical platitudes uttered by Republicans and frightened Democrats. Here’s what I do support: I support them coming home. I support them being treated well. I support peace, and I beg any young person reading this who’s thinking of joining the armed forces to please reconsider. Our war department has done little to show you they won’t recklessly put your young life in harm’s way for a cause that has nothing to do with what you signed up for. They will not help you once they’ve used you and spit you back into society. If you’re a woman, they will not protect you from rapists in their ranks. And because you have a conscience and you know right from wrong, you do not want yourself being used to kill civilians in other countries who never did anything to hurt us. ‘
Alright, now I get it… I think. Mr. Moore feels that showing any support for soldiers will only encourage what he thinks the military represents; rape and murder. Therefor, if he can make everyone hate anything and everything in uniform then we will magically enter into some new era of peace and harmony where no military is every needed and therefor no one, soldier or civilian, will be victimized by it. I guess that’s what douche bags like Michael Moore take for logic.
Is rape wrong? Absolutely! So is murder. But then by his “logic” we should also oppose the very existence of colleges and gangs. How many young female college students get raped every year? I don’t see him saying anything about that atrocity. Murder is even more terrible but he hasn’t made any movies criticizing the gangster thugs who terrorize our cities and gun down innocent people on a daily basis, far more than the civilian deaths directly inflicted by rogue soldiers (who are few and far between, I might mention).
I have news for Mr. Moore; the military is not the “rogue” organization that he believes it is. It is one of the finest, if not the finest, organizations in the world. It is the arm of America, reaching out to bring peace and freedom to others. It is an equal opportunity for young people regardless of their background. Where else in the world can someone from the barrio and someone from the suburbs receive completely equal opportunity for advancement based entirely off of their own skill and dedication? Hell, the military was one of the first organizations to end segregation!
Do bad things happen within the military? Yes but those incidents aren’t as widespread as he claims. People like him take these tragic incidents and play off them, exaggerating them into propaganda fueling the hate that many already feel towards the military and America both here in this country and abroad. During Vietnam, the NVA and Vietcong understood the value of propaganda very well, as do our current enemies who did, actually attack us (contrary to what Michael Moore seems to believe). They all love bad publicity; hunting for every possible Mai Lai and Haditha they can find. They love things like this douche bag’s article, telling people not to support the troops or enlist in the military because that in turn encourages rape in the ranks and the so called military-industrial complex.
As the Fox News commentator pointed out, the military is the very reason that Michael Moore has the first amendment rights he so enjoys to abuse. He doesn’t seem to see it quite that way. He will acknowledge that soldiers “offer to sacrifice their life to defend my right to live.” But, he pretty much stops there. There is no acknowledgment that the military he no longer supports has done more than any other force in modern history to defend and further freedom for not only America but the rest of the world too. Europe owes its freedom to the men and women in uniform who, in his mind, are apparently preoccupied with murder, rape, and suicide. South Koreans could be starving to death like their North Korean counterparts but they aren’t. Taiwan is still free because of our Navy, and the people of Iraq now have the right to vote. As bad as Afghanistan may still be, the Afghan people are not suffering under the thumb of the Taliban anymore.
So Mr. Moore, you asked “why would anyone sign up…” and I have an answer for you. People sign up because they are not all lazy, manipulative, shit bags completely devoid of any sense of honor or honesty. Unlike you, the rest of the world isn’t a bunch of self righteous, pompous, stuck up pricks. Some people would rather make a living working hard and doing something that matters rather than pumping out one dishonest piece of propaganda after another. People sign up and join this so called “rogue” organization because they understand what you do not; that there is honor in service and sacrifice. Judging by your arguments, I don’t think that you will ever grasp that concept. You are a complete and total douche bag, perhaps the biggest this country has ever produced, and I believe that the American people would greatly benefit from you doing the following: the official government news station of Douchebagistan is in desperate need of a new producer so kindly dust off your resume, purchase a one way ticket, and go apply there. I think you’ll fit in a little better over there.