The explosion of blogs continues unabated and that means there are ever more sites that I'll never get a chance to check out. I revisited one old favorite today and found a good post at Winds of Change from "Armed Liberal" on why the lies told by a soldier named Scott Beauchamp (a guy who joined the Army for the sole purpose of being able to crap on it [with the authority that comes from having worn the uniform] in the future -- what does that say about this fool?). I suggest you read the full post, it's directly on point. A responding comment, off the specific topic but quite relevant, really grabbed my attention and I thought I would highlight it here. Comment #27 is from Glen Wishard:
[RattlerGator: an earlier commenter in the thread made the following statement]
- The main reason this story is important is that a bunch of right-wingers want it to be. They are using a handful of stories about media failure that tends to oppose the war, to help them ignore the massive media failure that ignores the reality that this war is lost.
A few years ago, when Saddam's regime collapsed (Thank Allah) rather more quickly than the left had hoped, leaving them caught awkwardly in mid-quagmire pose, I well recall how the "warbloggers" were sternly lectured against engaging in something called triumphalism, which leads to hubris and the pride that goeth before the fall, etc., and is furthermore insensitive to the feelings of people who are embarrassed when their country accomplishes something.
Then Strumpet Fortune rolled over on her belly, and we sank into an unpopular struggle with insurgent forces, the status and progress of which was difficult to gauge from any perspective, in or out of the country. But the left read the goat's guts loud and clear: THE WAR WAS LOST, which meant that they - beyond all hope - had won a glorious victory. At this point, they quite forgot the advice they had given about triumphalism.
We are now into the third or fourth year of leftist triumphalism, and the crowing has been going on around the clock. Every corpse of the sixties has been resurrected to crow, too. All kinds of masks have come off.
And now it's all coming apart. There was supposed to be a huge political payoff, but instead they got Pelosi and more Bush. The left and liberal media has utterly humiliated themselves over this war, and their blog rivals have thrived. There was supposed to be an international tidal wave against the United States, but apart from the Spanish and some repellent dictators, our traditional allies have held up. The French are closer to our views than theirs.
And they have utterly failed to make a dent in the war. Their "leaders", if one may call them such, have tried everything they can think of, and they have failed every time.
They are now in the denial phase that they have accused everyone else of being in. It will be the loudest denial phase in history. It's not fair that we're winning something that they had in the bag as lost. It's not fair that they can't cash in their big stack of chips.
Granted, the bulk of the public is still on their side, even if the facts no longer are. But when they turn their hostility against the soldiers, who have refused to be the dehumanized losers they want them to be, the public is not with them. The polls may turn many times before this is over, but that fact will not change.
I doubt if the public will turn their hostility on the soldiers and I don't think the bulk of the public is on their side. People are simply war-weary and with the outrageous media onslaught of negativity and lack of perspective, how could the public not be war-weary? Under the best of circumstances, they would still have been war-weary by now.
Still, the shelf life for the absurd notion that you can "support our soldiers" by giving comfort to enemies of the United States Armed Forces fighting in the field -- and advocating for victory by people sworn to destroy America -- is fast running out. That's the way it looks to me.
One particular mantra I love remains true and is also applicable -- "Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius."
This is also why Beauchamp matters.