On a day when political leaders from all points of view give honor to the veterans who have served the United States armed forces, Ryan Zinke’s Super PAC Special Forces for America went its typically classy direction, offering this message:
Pardon the error. This was the garbled, incoherent message from their web site:
Today we put on notice; the cowardly, who seek to undermine and challenge the sacrifice and heroism of America’s Veteran. You pass judgement (sic) yet you never served, you make accusations, yet you don’t understand that the right to make these judgments and accusations are attributed to the blood, sweat, and tears of America’s Heroes and their families. You seek to create controversy yet you will be the first to hide behind a Veteran when real danger is present. So tonight, while you are lying comfortably in your warm bed thinking about the next days plan to undermine America’s heroes, just remember; these heroes have stood and continue to stand watch over America, so you may rest easy and excercise (sic)your freedom of speech.
One of the hallmark principles of the United States is that the military is subject to civilian oversight and control. We don’t always live up to that aspiration, but in the United States, both those who serve in the military and those do not have every right to express their opinions and even to “make accusations.”
I’d argue that criticism when the military overreaches doesn’t “undermine” what veterans have sacrificed; it honors their service, even the service of veterans who write and think like this.