Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Andy Rooney..whah?!

I think Andy Rooney is losing his god damn mind.
In his most recent article, Looney Rooney has flown off the deep end...again.

"Treating soldiers fighting their war as brave heroes is an old civilian trick designed to keep the soldiers at it. But you can be sure our soldiers in Iraq are not all brave heroes gladly risking their lives for us sitting comfortably back here at home."

Yeah, us civilians....we're evil people who tricked them into volunteering to serve their country. And all of that respect I have for US Military personell must be fake too, thanks for letting me know, Andy.

It gets better (or worse depending on your view point):

"We speak of them as if they volunteered to risk their lives to save ours but there isn't much voluntary about what most of them have done. A relatively small number are professional soldiers. During the last few years, when millions of jobs disappeared, many young people, desperate for some income, enlisted in the Army."

Young people have enlisted in the military for various reasons for decades. And the point being that they did volunteer. But because you enlist and end up in a combat role, does that somehow not make you a professional?

We must support our soldiers in Iraq because it's our fault they're risking their lives there. However, we should not bestow the mantle of heroism on all of them for simply being where we sent them. Most are victims, not heroes.

No, they are heroes. You're a victim of your own self loathing. The last two paragraphs are so insane and lacking in logic that I won't even comment on them.

America's intentions are honorable. I believe that and we must find a way of making the rest of the world believe it. We want to do the right thing. We care about the rest of the world. President Bush's intentions were honorable when he took us into Iraq. They were not well thought out but honorable.

President Bush's determination to make the evidence fit the action he took, which it does not, has made things look worse. We pay lip service to the virtues of openness and honesty, but for some reason we too often act as though there was a better way of handling a bad situation than by being absolutely open and honest.

Honestly, I am befuddled.

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