Attacking the Dead: Conservative Support for the Troops

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Barely a week after the death of Montana soldier Yance Gray, Dave Rye is attacking him, suggesting that he was neither intelligent enough to have written an editorial expressing discontent about the
war nor able to escape the clutches of liberal propagandists:

Pardon my skepticism, and certainly no disrespect for the dead Montana soldier, but in my time in the Army I never heard such a word as “recalcitrant” escape the lips of any
Staff Sergeant. I doubt if it’s spoken all that much in Ismay, either. The soldiers had the help and probably the encouragement of a writer with an agenda, from a newspaper which has always had one. Its continually declining circulation now mainly consists of those who want desperately to consider themselves sophisticated as well as compassionate, even if that means always branding the U.S. as the chief villain on the world stage—-in fact, especially if it does.

I await the inevitable onslaught from outraged liberals. (Is there any other kind?)

You know why we’re outraged, Dave? Because you cynical, short sighted bastards who drummed up support for this failed war that has killed almost 4,000 outstanding American men and women use them for politics when it suits you and attack them when it doesn’t. Your smug condescension while a family grieves is no different than John Boehner suggesting that American casualties are a “small price to pay.”

I know you and your ilk will never apologize, take responsibility or admit that this war was wrong. At the least, you can apologize for your comments about this young man who died serving his
country.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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