Iowa State Lecturer: Soldiers “creat[e] anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy” and don’t deserve carepackages.

 
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Iowa State Lecturer: Soldiers “creat[e] anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy” and don’t deserve carepackages.

 [Picture above is me talking to local villagers about their educational and potable water needs.  If my lieutenant sees that picture, I swear this may have been the only time I wore my Red Sox hat outside the wire.  Well, that might be a lie, but I swear I had the helmet somewhere.]

UPDATE: I will be on Fox and Friends tomorrow morning at 6:20 to discuss this issue.  Also, he is a "lecturer" not a Professor, and I have altered the title accordingly.  (Thanks to the tip from Mr. Foster below)

Here we go again.

 Thomas Walker, a “lecturer in the intensive English and orientation program” at Iowa State University has gone the way of the Law Professor at Suffolk, and taken issue with attempts to send carepackages to deployed troops.  I really wish it hadn’t been ISU as I have an affinity for the school because that is where my friend Past National Commander Rehbein spent the better part of his working life.  And the reality is that no one school should be culpable for the actions of one individual.  It amounts to a sort of “hecklers veto” where the school gets a black eye for the actions or statements of  a single miscreant, while the good work of so many others is largely ignored.  But so it goes.

Let’s look at what he has to say:

I read in Tuesday's Iowa State Daily that the College Republicans have begun collecting sundries for U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why? Doesn't the U.S. Army victual its soldiers? Don't their families send them yuletide goodies? Aren't GIs paid enough to buy what they need, and even what they want?

Yes, the army “victuals” its troops.  In fact, we got a lovely assortment of MREs whenever we headed out.  A true culinary classic is the spaghetti and meat balls.  The sublime experience of eating pound cake in the pouring rain is enough to bring the owner of even the least discerning palate to tears.  As I read his statement it conjured to mind the famous question of George C. Scott as Scrooge: “Are there no prisons?  No work houses?”

You know why care packages sent from home mean so much?  Is it because we were starving?  Is it because we were too poor to afford our own food?  No, because it meant something.  Sure, I could get heaping portions of food from a Mermite, but when you know that someone cared enough to send food halfway around the world, the food nourishes not only the body, but the soul as well. 

Some folks don’t have families to send them stuff Mr. Walker.  Many of us don’t have an extensive family support mechanism when we deploy.  Which is why groups like Soldiers’ Angels exist, and have mottos that encapsulate that:

May No Soldier Go Unloved

May No Soldier Walk Alone

May No Soldier Be Forgotten

Until They All Come Home

 

"As Republicans we believe in charity," stated Jeremy Freeman, a member of the College Republicans. Donating toiletries, boxed and canned foods, socks and beanies to U.S. soldiers who can already deodorize themselves, who eat better than the poorest Americans and who are gallantly garbed, is an eleemosynary travesty.

“Gallantly garbed?”  Really?  Are you $#!^^ing me?  Let me tell you about my gallant garb.  My wardrobe was digitzed and mono-chromatic.  Sure, it is trendy among homeless folks you see with cardboard signs, but seldom if ever do I see Giselle Bundchen strutting the catwalk outfitted in a lovely ensemble of digital pattern BDU’s.  And our boots are not the Uggs sold to us by her touchdown munificent husband.  Also, our accessories are indeed functional, if not downright alluring.  Nothing says “I’m ready to party” like a PRC radio, a couple of mortar rounds, and a sleeping bag that hasn’t been washed in months.  Love the use of SAT words though, it just stresses to us uneducated grunts how smart you are, more so (clearly) than I am.  In fact, based only on your consummate grasp of diction, I would move that we set up some form of Oligarchy centered on folks who can use “eleemosynary” properly in a sentence.  In the farrago of human imbecility, typified by the profligate galimatias of useless pontification, you are truly the beacon on the hill.  (There, I also used big words, can I join your club now?)

Necessities should be doled out to people who really need them and who might get them if not for the hundreds of billions of dollars being funneled to the Pentagon in the greatest squandering of money on the planet. If anything, Republicans should sympathize with veterans struggling to find employment, a challenge that may daunt the discharged soldier, who might wish he had reenlisted. Soldiers are to Republicans as fetuses are to them: prized. But once out of the womb-like army, Republican solicitude for hapless veterans goes where extracted zygotes go.

There are many of us who do work to help those veterans, and here at The American Legion we have 2.5 million of them all working to do just that.  Not sure how this became a partisan issue, except for your obvious antipathy towards the group trying to send these packages.  But again, I think this paragraph was meant more to show how smart you are, and less to make an actual point.

"We get to show the troops we still appreciate what they're doing for us," said another College Republican. What are they doing for us? Nothing. But against us they're doing a lot: creating anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy. Said the same College Republican, "It can't be fun to be away from your family for the holidays. As if American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan had been conscripted? They chose to leave home.


Ah yes, the old saw about how US Troops do nothing but create enemies.  Never mind the hundreds of thousands of dollars that US Troops pour into aiding the citizens of those countries we are in, nor trying to make it so little girls can go to school without fear of being killed.  No, our true legacy is just creating terrorists.  As someone who did in fact volunteer, and who would do so again, I can second the emotion that being away from home on the holidays is (as they say in the infantry) The Suck.  But, when you look at the things you are able to accomplish, it makes it worth while. 

Here for instance is how my unit (3-116 INF, 29 ID Light) once spent a holiday, look at all the little terrorists we were creating….

 

Why do Republicans care so much about the military? Because the military-industrial complex is dear to their simplistic laissez-faire fantasies: a bottom-line patriotism that excludes the people at the bottom.

I would say that Democrats care about the military as well, and most the Democrats I know (my extensive family for instance) would dispute that supporting the troops is a partisan activity.  Either way, for every one of you that says something asinine like this letter, there are 10 more great Americans who will leap in to fill the void.  So, as they say in the army “lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.”  Frankly, I think you will lead 10 people that wouldn’t be as likely to send a carepackage to do so, and for that I thank you, even if that clearly wasn’t your intent.

Soldiers’ Angels has lists of soldiers, airmen, coasties, marines and sailors who need adopting, because not everyone has someone back home to lift them up when they are feeling down.  The best way to show Thomas Walker just how idiotic he is is to reach out to one of our folks downrange, and ensure they know that they shall not go unloved.

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And to the Professor who is against the Military and all things of it, remember this: It is because of the Military Industrial Complex, as you call it, that affords you the continued right to state your opinion without legal prosecution. Imagine, if you will, that you published this letter in, oh, say, Afghanistan or, better yet, Iran, only the upper part of your body would be above the ground while stones are being hurdled at you until you stop breathing. So, while as a Veteran I defended the right for all Americans to continue to speak freely, I would say to you that with that Right comes a tremendous responsibility, and saying the US Military is the cause of the World's problem, you are acting in a very irresponsible way and forgetting why you continue to enjoy your Rights. That, my friend, is the reason for the Care Packages - a way to say Thank You for protecting our Freedoms!

Dear Mr. Walker:

You are and absolute block head, these young men and women are enduring all types of hardships on your behalf, and you would deny them even the slightest rememberance of home. You Sir are not worthy of the sacrafice that is made for you. And you don't need to try to be so clear with you fancy ass words (victual). Why not use a normal word like, oh I don't know, maybe FOOD. I would love to see some overpaid college idiot like you make ends meet on what soldiers - sailors - marines are paid, while they are maintaining a household back home. You may have lots of degrees and book knowledge, but you have no real life experiance and you have no compassion for those who hold the line so people like you can sleep in peace. Think about your stupidity and take back your krass and thoughtless statements.

Walter Bruce
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Aircrew Survival Equipment-Rescue Swimmer
U.S. Navy Retired

All,
It's people like this that really makes me worry - are people listening to him?

As a Commander in the US Navy Reserves and a 1988 Graduate of ISU. I honestly believe; it is idiots like this professor who do not get it. I've been mobilized to Afghanistan 2007-2008. Maybe the professor should visit the country and see for himself. As part of the 1%; that protect and defend his freedom to have an opinion; I'm offended! But - we should give him some credit.... it made us write a response!

I have a great Idea, lets bundle him up, and give him to the Taliban...Then he won't have to worry about
care packages. I spent 3 years active duty in the Army, as I felt I should do this for my country. What
really upset's me is that a lot of Military personnel fought, and died, so people like him could live in a free country...To make a statement like he did, he is no better than a Terrorist!!!!!

For Thomas Walker to make that comment... he is no better than a Terrorist..I enlisted in the Military as I felt it was right thing to do for my country. This man ought to be ashamed of what he said. Their are many military personnel that fought, and died so he could be free. I honestly believe we should extradite him to
Iran...I'd be happy to make the arrangements.

I believe it necessary for said " lecturer " to base his comments on fact,.... therefore,.... send him to
some forward firebase for 30 days. Let him " experience " his subjects so he can speak with authority
in the future. A months salary says he doesn't have the stones........

Its sad that the Troops that are deployed never once asked for a package but you have idiots like this one that wants to raise an issue. Doesn't OUR Country have enough turmoil? Shouldnt you just use your God given talent of speaking to simply say THANKS for the ability to do what you do? Please remember the next time you tuck yourself in to bed, a soldier is standing guard some where so that you may remain safe! Whatever the belief in OUR Countries affairs, I beg you to never point to the soldier with an accusing tone! I believe we came along way since Vietnam and do not need to relive history in that manner.

People ask how to support the troops.....simply put people like this idiot should remain silent!

Disappointed - Very disappointed that the American Legion choose to post this with the title shown above. The article was an op ed piece posted in the campus newspaper. One guy expressing his opinion. This is not the Iowa State position on the subject so why include this school in the headline. A better headline is Mr Thomas Walker (un-tenured English Instructor) gets his opinion on care packages published in campus paper. As a 22 year veteran, a Legion member and an Iowa State graduate, I want to ask the Legion not to stoop to the same level as Mr Walker by giving this black eye to ISU when the credit for the article belongs to Mr Walker and Mr Walker alone. He is listed (without photo) as a Lecturer on the English Department page: http://engl.iastate.edu/faculty (at the bottom of the page) Of course, he can have his opinion. Yes, he can write an op ed piece but the Legion does not have to highlight the school as if Walker has any authority to speak for them. Change the title to -- Thomas Walker, writes an editorial about care packages OR Thomas Walker - who is he, and why should we care?

He identified himself the way I quoted above.  And, as I noted in the post, it bothered me because of our Past National COmmander and his association with that fine university.  Also, as is clear from the letter, it was in reference to a specific group at Iowa State sending packages to troops.  I'm not sure how I could have been more clear about how the school isn't to blame than I did.

You are right.....up to a point. Yes, it's one guy's opinion and yes, he is entitled to express it. But the fact remains that he is paid to lecture at ISU, pure and simple. There is no hiding from that. It's up to the reader to decide how much (if any) of this can be put on ISU.

Brother, please do some research on the Cold War, which started at the close of WWII before you say we stayed out of other affairs back then. BTW - we were in Vietnam starting in the late 50s. The professor is another liberal educator who tries to influence the minds of young people with a message only a few agree. Care packages matter, take it from an old 1SG. Stay safe American warriors, Merry Christmas.

This lecturer is so full of it, it is not funny.

I just fail to comprehend how Mr Howard's comment is associated with President Obama or his administration's supposingly advocating troops not deserving care-packages.

Just can't comprehend that President Obama or his administration is responsible for Mr. Howard's comment.

I just can't comprehend how Mr. Howard's comment is endorsed by President Obama or his administration, especially since the poster's comment is based on the supposition of unproven fact.

My favorite passage from this clown relates to the "simplistic laissez-faire fantasies" of the Republicans. You mean as opposed to the adolescent utopianism of the left in which everyone in the world is "equal", regardless of their intelligence, motivation, or contributions to society? Now THAT truly is simplistic. It's life as he wishes it to be rather than how life really is. As an English "lecturer", this ridiculous man should be familiar with this quote from John Stuart Mill..."A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself". Emphasis on BETTER.

It is time someone took the Iowa State Lecturer right by the stacking swivel and gave him a good shaking.and then dropped him smack dab on a hillside where the bad guys send incoming each evening after dark.

I had a Korean teacher who was a little girl during the Korean War. Even 50 years later, she still things of yellow # 2 pencils when she sees American Soldiers, because the U.S. troops would hand out school supplies like pencils to the Korean children when she was little. These things are not forgotten.

Fortunately here in the U.S., individuals are free to express their opinions, and others are free to counter them. Thank the veterans for that. But don't attribute the comments of one individual, particularly one not in a leadership position, to the organization they work for. As a veteran and an Iowa State University alum, I know that Iowa State and its faculty, staff and students have long supported veterans and military members. The Gold Star Hall provides evidence of that. So, thank you to all who responded to him, and shared their views about veterans. I'm proud to be an Iowa State vet, and to have had support when I was there post-Gulf War I. It's why I wrote this piece earlier this year: http://vets.syr.edu/blog/peer-support-veteran-success.html

This is the same attitude that faced us in Vietnam. Our soldiers don't like being there either but their doing a job protecting our country. Any support from home is most appreciative. Don't blame the soldiers, don't blame the Democrates, don't blame the Republicans, blame the actual politicans who got us into this war. Don't send them Christmas packages.

Sounds like the same attitude we faced in Vietnam. Quit blamming the soldiers, they don't like to be there either. Support from home is very inportant. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue but a individual politican issue. Blame those who sent us there and don't send them carepackages. Don't vote for them or their supporters either.

I'm not sure where to start.

Let me star by saying Mr. Walker he next time you see a soldier you should hug them. Why? Because if it want foe people like us YOU would have he freedom to say what you say. It is obvious you do NOT have a family member or close friend who has served. If you had you would know that MOST Enlisted, E-1 to E-4, have to apply for food stamps to make ends meet. I have known NCO's who have had to get Goverment assistance because they don't make nough to provide for them or their families.
Being a lecturer u have a great opportunity to over and investigate how you feel first hand. I would highly recommend this. Humility is great, but humility you can pass on to others is even better.

I gather you have never been called to defend this country. If you cant stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them. I am ashamed of so many Americans who live under the umbrella we provide then question the manner in which it is provided. Curl up and die.

Obviously he is so erudite that he would know a bullet from a landmine. He can use words, but can he protect himself. Can he survive for 10 days straight on MAYBE 1 hour's sleep a night? I went to college. I also served in Vietnam. His stupidity is only explemplary of many of the idiots who are teaching students today. They need to do a tour of duty. Or better yet, an 8 week boot camp at Camp LeJune!

actually the reason i served 20 years is to allow one of the greatest freedoms of democracy, freedom of speech. god bless our troops and god bless america!

WHO CHECKED THIS GUY OUT???????????????????

My son has just deployed and these type of people make me ill. But I think we should just ignore them. This American Citizen is just looking for attention. I know he would not have the guts to say it to my face.

The Iowa State Lecturer should actually open one of his books(which are free to read in this country) and read why he is able to freely read and make such stupid statements. He should be down on his cowardly knees thanking the men and women of our armed services both past and present for protecting his right to carry on like he does.

Mr Walker you do have the right to freedom of speech for your opinion. As such, so do I,, YOUR ARE AN IDIOT who should have been at Pearl Harbor on the Arizona, and the USS Cole, and at Ground Zero on 9/11. I wouldn't have put you on the flight on 9/11 that crashed into Pennsylvania, that would have given you way too much time to express your b...hole opinion. You and Jane Fonda should be both charged with treason! yuk yuk

Operation North State and its supporters want its NC deployed troops to feel a little closer to home this this Christmas. Several hundred organizations and companies and thousands of individuals strongly disagree with Mr. Walker. Thank You troops. Miles Apart - Still In Our Hearts and Peace on Earth Because of You!

I can't believe this. I was a sailor and a soldier many years ago. I can tell you that care packages from home or from anyone when you are 3000 miles away mean more than anyone can put into words. Knowing that someone cares is beyond any value known to man. It is priceless. These clowns who claim to be academic leaders have no clue the sacrifices being made by those young kids thousands of miles from home, so that they can stand in some hall with a big name, expunge their worthless crap and claim their 15 minutes of fame. Maybe they will write a book that no one will read but they get it published because they have the initials PHD after their name and they could care less about the people who gave them the freedom to write and stand in that hall. I am sending a care package because I do know the value of the sacrifice being made by our young people. Some one said it well before, "when we stood at the recruiting station and raised our right hand, we wrote a check to the United States of America which included any part of us if it was needed including our lives. Some checks were cashed." Many of these college academics have no knowledge of that and generally could care less as long as they get their pot and tenure, the rest of us are of no consequence. I am sending a care package because I remember what it was like all those years ago to receive one. God Bless America and God Bless the men and women in our Armed Forces

The people who would tear down our military to satisfy their own personal agenda have never understood that they have been given the privilege to be able to stand in front of a group of students and spout their filth by those kids thousands of miles from home who are scared out of their minds 24 hours a day not knowing whether they will see home again or not. These so called academic leaders stand in relative comfort and expunge the kind of crap that threatens to impact the American way of life so that the professor or lecturer can have 15 minutes of fame at the expense of some kid who felt that he wanted to give something back to his country soldier. . I do.

I am old now but one thing a soldier never forgets are the people who served with him and the people who stood behind him. There were good days and there were bad days in the military but we did our jobs as these kids are doing theirs today and I have no use for anyone regardless of their education and titles, who would degrade their service. God bless America and God bless those who serve that I might be free. I am truly thankful for all of the young people who are giving so much for me to enjoy that privilege.

I can't believe this. I was a sailor and a soldier many years ago. I can tell you that care packages from home or from anyone when you are 3000 miles away mean more than anyone can put into words. Knowing that someone cares is beyond any value known to man. It is priceless. These clowns who claim to be academic leaders have no clue the sacrifices being made by those young kids thousands of miles from home, so that they can stand in some hall with a big name, expunge their worthless crap and claim their 15 minutes of fame. Maybe they will write a book that no one will read but they get it published because they have the initials PHD after their name and they could care less about the people who gave them the freedom to write and stand in that hall. I am sending a care package because I do know the value of the sacrifice being made by our young people. Some one said it well before, "when we stood at the recruiting station and raised our right hand, we wrote a check to the United States of America which included any part of us if it was needed including our lives. Some checks were cashed." Many of these college academics have no knowledge of that and generally could care less as long as they get their pot and tenure, the rest of us are of no consequence. I am sending a care package because I remember what it was like all those years ago to receive one. God Bless America and God Bless the men and women in our Armed Forces

The people who would tear down our military to satisfy their own personal agenda have never understood that they have been given the privilege to be able to stand in front of a group of students and spout their filth by those kids thousands of miles from home who are scared out of their minds 24 hours a day not knowing whether they will see home again or not. These so called academic leaders stand in relative comfort and expunge the kind of crap that threatens to impact the American way of life so that the professor or lecturer can have 15 minutes of fame at the expense of some kid who felt that he wanted to give something back to his country soldier. . I do.

I am old now but one thing a soldier never forgets are the people who served with him and the people who stood behind him. There were good days and there were bad days in the military but we did our jobs as these kids are doing theirs today and I have no use for anyone regardless of their education and titles, who would degrade their service. God bless America and God bless those who serve that I might be free. I am truly thankful for all of the young people who are giving so much for me to enjoy that privilege.

This lecurer states: "Necessities should be doled out to people who really need them and who might get them if not for the hundreds of billions of dollars being funneled to the Pentagon in the greatest squandering of money on the planet. If anything, Republicans should sympathize with veterans struggling to find employment, a challenge that may daunt the discharged soldier, who might wish he had reenlisted. Soldiers are to Republicans as fetuses are to them: prized. But once out of the womb-like army, Republican solicitude for hapless veterans goes where extracted zygotes go."
Fact: That discharged soldier, who might wish he had reenlisted, was probably mustered out - not by that soldiers' choice. Has this man looked at the statistics of the military personell that have 10+ years under their belt defending this country that have been released of duty in the last 6 months? The overwhelming unemployed veterans number keeps climbing - daily.
By the way - just wondering - has this lecturer ever been in the military?

What a rich, spoiled, stuffy old Git. Men and women of our armed forces need our continual support, to let them know we care and that they're not alone. God knows, when I was in the Navy, I appreciated every bit of mail and packages I got. You can't imagine how difficult it is to be away from your family this time of year, all you want to do is try not to think about it. But then something arrives and you feel so much better, that it's all worth it in the end.

Thanks to sheltered fools like him, I feel totally disenfranchised, whatever that means.

What a rich, spoiled, stuffy old Git. Men and women of our armed forces need our continual support, to let them know we care and that they're not alone. God knows, when I was in the Navy, I appreciated every bit of mail and packages I got. You can't imagine how difficult it is to be away from your family this time of year, all you want to do is try not to think about it. But then something arrives and you feel so much better, that it's all worth it in the end.

Thanks to sheltered fools like him, I feel totally disenfranchised, whatever that means.

This guy should be thrown in jail. His comments are so unAmerican it isn't worth debating what he has said. If I still had children at home getting ready to go to college, I wouldn't send them to Iowa State and I LIVE in Iowa.

This Man, If I dare call him a man has not been in either Afghanistan or Iraq, and seen the conditions my Infantry Soldiers have had to live in. The packages from home be they from family or others, mean so so much to me and my Soldiers. They are a piece of home, and that someone cares about me. Many of my missions that I went on where to help the Orphanges that cared for for local kids left without homes and parents because of the bad guys. This man has not been on a Medcap mission, a medical mission for the local people in Afganistan and Iraq. This man has not had 15 Soldiers either killed or Missing in Action.He has not suffered like my Warriors have nor has he suffered underneath a terrible ruler.

"Holy vacuum head, batman" said robin incredulously, " shouldn't we tell these poor intellectuals to engage brain before attempting to think, and also to pull it out of the tight and dark hole he put it in."
" wouldn't do any good, Robin, they can only hear their own brilliance. A trip to the Gulag might be just the hearing aid they need." Ivan does wonders for 're-education' of little minds."

Sir, thank you for your opinion.......

You couldn't possibly imagine how good it feels to get a package while overseas, or see one of your Soldiers day light up when they get a gift from back home.... Like it or not sir, my work overseas was the most rewarding experience imaginable... I truly felt like I worked side by side with the finest Americans in the world. We do our job because we have the love and support of people with a sense of patriotism that you will never experience... These are the same men and women that will risk life and limb on duty and off duty at home and abroad for your freedoms and personal safety... Feel free to poison the minds of the young students in your class, one day they will grow up and look back on the BS some of you preach.... I did, and that lesson was worth more than a thousand courses..........

I just sent an email to Mr. Walker. I told him I was in complete disagreement with his views. I also told him that non-tenured lecturers are on near invisible ice so he is either the most naive person I've ever heard of or the bravest. I also told him that while I find his views reprehensible, I served for 35 years in two wars for his right to express himself and advised him to use that right wisely. I doubt he will and I expect the ALCU to come running to his defense. I also pointed out that Professor Churchill of the University of Colorado just lost his dismissal appeal. A Marine Gunnery Sergeant once pointed out to me the true meaning of an opinion. As it turns out, Mr. Walker has two.

I am currently an Iowa State student who has multiple family members in the military; my father having recently returned from a year long deployment in Afghanistan. Although I am not as eloquent with my words as previous posters I just wanted to echo the voices of my fellow students on here. In NO way, shape, or form do a VAST majority (if not all) of us agree with the words that were written in that letter. I cannot express enough how much that this man does not speak for any of us at Iowa State, we are all just as disgusted as the rest of you. It saddens me that I have to speak up for my university because one man couldn't think before he spoke(wrote). A man who was obviously using the event as an excuse to flaunt his bigoted opinions and to use big words. Please do not let this sad little man skew your view of Iowa State. That being said my opinion of him has already been expressed on this forum 10 times over, so I do not need to repeat it. I just know that I will NEVER take any class from him during my time here and countless of my fellow students have expressed that same sentiment.

Lastly, I just want to say thank you to all of you serving or who have served in our military for EVERYTHING you are doing/have done for this country and its citizens. I am forever grateful to you and all the sacrifices you have had to make while defending our country. Thank you and God Bless.

If Lecturer has a problem with patriotism he is free to leave this country any time! And pay back all your goverment freebies on your way out

Dear Mr. Walker,If you were hoping to gain support with your campaign against republicans,you have failed.Using the US soldier as a platform for your obvious political agenda is not only unoriginal but in bad taste.You make a hypocrite of yourself stating that "Soldiers are to Republicans as fetuses are to them: prized."Have you read your own words Mr. Walker?If the prize is a bone your just as guilty of sucking at the marrow for your own political gain.A US soldier, Mr. Walker, is both democrat and republican alike,Wealthy and poor,capable of good and evil acts.In short, Mr. Walker, the US soldier is a human being.If these soldiers are"....creating anti-American terrorists in the countries they occupy." then you must ask yourself, what are you attempting to create in the country you now occupy?An argument?A negative view of Republicans?A negative view of the US soldier?In my opinion you have mustered only pity.My recommendation is that you find a soldier,Mr. Walker, democrat,republican,rich or poor and apologize for your insults.If you find you are not man enough, I recommend you move.

Great response! We should probably cut Mr. Walker some slack though, he clearly has no idea what he's talking about. But at least he knows a bunch of fancy words that just make him sound like an a-hole.

I too am a 2x Iraq War Veteran and always appreciated getting care packages, however, there were many times when I thought that the best way the folks back home could support us would be to get us the heck out!

While I know we did a lot of good while we were downrange, I also know that our mere presence there also caused a lot of issues. I we fail to recognize that our current foreign policy deeply flawed, this war against terror will never end.

... and yet this guy would have no problem with those here in the USA on housing, heat assistance, food stamps, medical coverage, etc., receiving help from various programs that dole out care packages this time of year. While our courageous men and women fight for our and other countries' freedom, too many of these entitled recipients simply sit and take these handouts. Don't they have families that can "send them yuletide goodies"? Does he begrudge this level of charity? His logic has some serious leaks! ... Also, his choice of calling them "yuletide goodies" provides another look into this man's PC heart.

I'll bet he also feels it's okay to send TEACHER'S - (who also get PAID) Staff Appreciation gifts! That's just wrong. THEY get paid well along with benefits - 90% of TEACHERS do their job for the perks - NOT the "future of America" - and yet we kiss their asses!!! Our Military deserves as much support as we can give. Easy for Mr. Walker to say our soldiers get enough when HE is working in Iowa, and never got his hands dirty. Sounds like our PRESIDENT!!!

He can join the nitwit professor from Suffolk University.

I have an idea for Mr. Walker. Come by my house. I'd like to
have a "discussion" with you. I'd like to give YOU a lecture.

Fox & Friends posted his email, mailing addresses, & phone number!!! lol lol lol.

No they don't make enough money you cowardly communist twit

This sad excuse for an American symbolizes the LIBERAL agenda run rampant in our education system. If you are a supporter of this idiot I suggest you pack your bags and get out of this country immediately. Hate filled speech under the guise of political correctness has gone on for too long and this type of attack on our troops will not be tolerated for too much longer. I wish nothing but the worst for this man in his sad pathetic excuse of a life.
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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.