Knucklehead Soldiers & Bloggers

The fact that a Sargent who heads an Army Sniper squadron in Iraq used the Koran for target practice is bad enough. But Post-Abu Ghraib, at least the Army knows how to get out in front of an information crisis. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond apologized very publicly to the assembled Sunni tribal leaders who have been so critical in fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq.  This of course brought out the rage of equally boneheaded bloggers like Pamela Geller (an obvious disciple of Ayn Rand and pictured above), who calls her blog Atlas Shrugs. Under the headline “Sent Home, Give Him a Promotion” (The Sargent was relieved of duty), she writes.

What is “serious and troubling” is our reaction to such deeds. CNN is, of course, wringing its hands and I am sure Christiane Imamwhore is weeping uncontrollably but here’s a soldier who knows what the problem is. Certainly the violent doctrine must be stricken from that book. JUSA provide the money quote from CNN (the crescent news network):

Another military official kissed a Quran and presented is as “a humble gift” to the tribal leaders.

He kissed the fookin book?

Reading through her blog is a mind-bending compendium of libertarian nonsense and hate speech (directed towards Arabs, Obama, and anyone with a progressive bone in their body). She’s convinced only John McCain can save our country from what she calls “Obamacide”.


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0 Responses to Knucklehead Soldiers & Bloggers

  1. STS says:

    There is a paranoid fantasy world for every taste. Ms. “Atlas” Geller is just infected with the racialist virus.

    World demographics don’t favor the “white folks” and there will be a strong impulse to “circle the wagons” against the scary others while “whiteness” declines.

    The brighter alternative path is to abandon the treacherous “white” identity in favor of promoting certain universal values such as: the rule of law, the scientific method, a culture of tolerance. I’ll grant Anglo-Saxons some measure of credit for nurturing these values, but they have never been either uniquely the invention of “white folks” nor even consistently practiced by “white people” — examples will readily come to mind.

    The essential “sin” (if you will) of racial thinking is the confusion of a tribal/ethnic identity with a set of cultural values we (intermittently) pride ourselves on.

    But in a country so full of chest-thumping prideful “Christianity”, no part of the gospel is so lost on the public as “love thy neighbor as thy self”. I would argue that the best three-word summary of Jesus’s message would be: “Don’t Be Tribal”.

    By that definition, America has no better Christians than the people flocking to Obama’s banner. Rather a burden for Barack — go watch ‘Life of Brian‘ if you doubt me — but maybe symptomatic of a more genuine Great Awakening than the sort of cheap dogmatism we’ve had so much of recently.

  2. Zhirem says:

    Jon, I really don’t see how Atlas Juggs contributes anything to our ongoing conversations. I have been tipped off to that hate-monger a long time ago. She is like a less-talented (is that even possible) version of the Pajamas Media gal. The one who is Asian, but thinks that the interrment of Japanese Americans during WWII was acceptable and there was nothing wrong with it.

    Pammy-kins is one of the worst considered, thoughtless orifices to spew her particular flavor of bile that can be found online. She is (over the) borderline racist and xenophobic and thinks that Israel should lay about themselves with WMD and eliminate their neighbor/enemies.

    Frankly, worthless is too kind a moniker.

    Gee, don’t I sound opinionated?

    No? Well how about this: she worships John Bolton, and thinks The Walrus has done nothing wrong and should be lauded as the commanding presence and first-rate intellectual mind that he obviously is.


    – Zhirem

  3. Jon Taplin says:

    Zhirem-I agree. I’ll try not to bring us down with this garbage anymore. :)

  4. Tennessee Williams Shakespeare says:

    Flattering cartoon.

    Not hard to see why she identifies with the author of The Romantic Manifesto.

    From Wikipedia (or whatever)

    The most famous review of Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged was written by the conservative author Whittaker Chambers and appeared in National Review in 1957. It was unrelentingly scathing. Chambers called the book “sophomoric”; and “remarkably silly,” and said it “can be called a novel only by devaluing the term.” He described the tone of the book as “shrillness without reprieve”. Chambers accused Rand of supporting the same godless system as the Soviets, claiming “From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: ‘To the gas chambers—go!'”

  5. Tennessee Williams Shakespeare says:

    “Shrillness without reprieve.”

    Does that ring any bells around the JON TAPLIN web log? Anybody?

  6. Jon Taplin says:

    Tennessee-I read you loud and clear on the Ayn Rand analogy.

  7. Kenneth says:

    Jon, you must resist the “someone on the internet is wrong” instinct and ignore instead of correct. The internet is a constant source of disappointment in my fellow man – I know that now, so I move on.

  8. Ken Ballweg says:

    George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, “1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!”

    The use of fiction by neo-cons shouldn’t surprise us. How else do you explain “trickle down economics”?

  9. Dan says:

    I agree that the story about the sergeant is appalling. But there was also a story recently about yet another US attack on “insurgents” in Iraq that resulted in dead civilians, including children. The US military expresses profound regret, and that’s about the end of it. This kind of thing has happened over and over and over.

    Meanwhile a Koran gets shot in Iraq and a colossal shitstorm blows up all over the Muslim world. I don’t get it.

    Kind of like us going berserk over lapel flag pins I guess.

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