Article claiming MIA POW flag is racist an easy favorite for dumbest thing ever written

 
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Article claiming MIA POW flag is racist an easy favorite for dumbest thing ever written

Stupidity, thy name is this article titled "It’s Time to Haul Down Another Flag of Racist Hate."

I don't know if this guy is honestly this dumb, this insane, or crafty enough to have written a piece of drek so stupid that people can't help but click and read it.  My assumption is the third, that he said something provocative and asinine in order to get people to click and read it.  Unfortunately, it's going to work this time, because it truly is so reprehensible and sophomoric that it almost begs me to discuss it.

So let us begin with the Magnum Opus of the venerable Rick Perlstein, obviously the predicted Ubermensch of Frederich Neitzsche:

You know that racist flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down.

Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about the POW/MIA flag.

Ah yes, that symbol of hatred, malice and racism.  Tell me more Rick, I stand ready to suckle at your overflowing teat of wisdom...

Then the war ended, the POWs (yes, all the POWs) were repatriated to great fanfare, one of them declaring: “I want you to remember that we walked out of Hanoi as winners”—a declaration that seemed to suggest, almost, that by surviving, the POWs had won the Vietnam War.

The moral confusion was abetted by the flag: the barbed-wire misery of that stark white figure, emblazoned in black.

It memorializes Americans as the preeminent victims of the Vietnam War, a notion seared into the nation’s visual unconscious by the Oscar-nominated 1978 film The Deer Hunter, which depicts acts of sadism, which were documented to have been carried out by our South Vietnamese allies, as acts committed by our North Vietnamese enemies, including the famous scene pictured on The Deer Hunter poster: a pistol pointed at the American prisoner’s head at exactly the same angle of the gun in the famous photograph of the summary execution in the middle of the street of an alleged Communist spy by a South Vietnamese official.

Wait, you're referencing a movie to make a point?  Why not Red Dawn?  Or perhaps Soylent Green, or even Apocalypse Now.  I'm not exactly sure how one scores a war, but for my own part, coming home, getting married and having a daughter was "winning" it as far as I was concerned.  War isn't played on a gridiron with rules dictating the proper pounds per square inch of the ball, it's never truly "won" or "lost"; only fought.  Even if the objectives set forth are met, lives are lost, dreams are shattered, and the "victors" pay a price with every night they wake up sweating and fearing for his fellow man.  For a POW, yeah, coming home was winning.

This exemplar of imbecilic logical yoga then goes on to bash one of my personal heroes, Admiral James Stockdale.

Actually, as I document in The Invisible Bridge, it’s more complicated than that: many of the prisoners were anti-war activists. One member of the “Peace Committee” within the POW camps, Abel Larry Kavanaugh, was harassed into suicide after his return to the U.S. by the likes of Admiral James Stockdale, who tried to get Peace Committee members hanged for treason.

Stockdale would become one of the nation’s most celebrated former POWs and a vice-presidential candidate. Kavanaugh took his life in his father in law’s basement in Commerce City, Colorado, in June 1973. Americans would agree that one of them—Stockdale or Kavanaugh—is not a hero—though they would disagree about which one is which.

That damned flag: It’s a shroud. It smothers the complexity, the reality, of what really happened in Vietnam.

We’ve come to our senses about that other banner of lies. It’s time to do the same with this.

First off, I love how he keeps citing to previous works of his. That's generally speaking a sign that the person believes they speak with some sort of absolute authority on the subject.  If there is an audio version of this book available, I'd like to get it, and if it could be read by Gilbert Gottfried or Vizzini from The Princess Bride, so much the better.  

Second, I can't tell you how much I would love to take Rick Perlstein to the Montagnard Village in Ashboro, North Carolina that I visited a few years ago.  The Montagnards were mountain people of Vietnam who joined with Special Forces units to try to save South Vietnam.  When we left the country they were hunted down and exterminated, save for some that the SF guys were able to get into the United States.  The extraordinary efforts to save those people by American Soldiers belies the idiotic "racism" notion of Rick.  These Montagnards weren't "other" people, they were brothers to our Special Forces Operators, who did everything in their power to save them after the war.  The racism charge is the crockedest arrow in the quiver, as should be obvious by looking at how the US takes in refugees of all races, colors, creeds and religions on a regular basis when they are targeted for extinction by a totalitarian regime.

But let's turn to Admiral Stockdale (pictured above receiving his Medal of Honor).  While he will likely always be remembered as a POW and as the Vice Presidential candidate who turned off his hearing aids during the debate to avoid having to listen to Quayle and Gore, to me he was the President of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, my alma mater.

Honor is just a word to some people, and for people like Perlstein, it is either used incorrectly or ironically.  If you want to see honor, read the Medal of Honor citation for Admiral Stockdale.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam. Recognized by his captors as the leader in the Prisoners' of War resistance to interrogation and in their refusal to participate in propaganda exploitation, Rear Adm. Stockdale was singled out for interrogation and attendant torture after he was detected in a covert communications attempt. Sensing the start of another purge, and aware that his earlier efforts at self-disfiguration to dissuade his captors from exploiting him for propaganda purposes had resulted in cruel and agonizing punishment, Rear Adm. Stockdale resolved to make himself a symbol of resistance regardless of personal sacrifice. He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the Prisoners of War. By his heroic action, at great peril to himself, he earned the everlasting gratitude of his fellow prisoners and of his country. Rear Adm. Stockdale's valiant leadership and extraordinary courage in a hostile environment sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

The man was so concerned that he would be used in propaganda against the country that he loved that he smashed his own face with a stool.  That's honor.  That's bravery.  That's patriotism.

At Legion events we have a POW/MIA ceremony, which ends with the following:

The chair is empty. They are NOT here. The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope, which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation. The American flag reminds us that many of them may never return - and have paid the supreme sacrifice to insure our freedom. Let us pray to the Supreme Commander that all of our comrades will soon be back within our ranks. Let us remember - and never forget their sacrifice. May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families. 

When I hear those words, I feel a lump in my throat, and a hole in my heart.  And when I read the reports of our comrades remains being found and repatriated, I stop to thank the Almighty that their families can now get some closure.  And when I see that flag, I think about all of those still missing, lying there waiting for friends and family to locate them,

Apparently Rick Perlstein sees racism.  I can't even really muster any anger for Rick, he has nothing but sympathy from me.  Because he'll never know the fraternal love that comes from standing shoulder to shoulder with men and women who were willing to lay their lives down for something greater than themselves.

Rick would rather sell his soul for a few clicks and maybe some extra advertising revenue.

 [UPDATE: so right after I wrote this up, the writer and editor printed an "apology".  They should have just remained silent, as any good lawyer would tell an idiot who is a client.  The apology is almost as insulting as the original piece, but I add it here for sake of clarity:

 

A Writer’s Apology

 

I sincerely regret the use of the word “racist” to describe how the POW/MIA flag distorts the history of the Vietnam War. The word was over the top and not called for.

 

I’m deeply sorry it hurt people—especially people who’ve selflessly served their country. Most of all, I’m sorry because many of the people offended by the word “racist” are the same people who were hurt when the experiences and feelings of common soldiers and veterans were manipulated to serve the powerful interests and individuals who blithely and perennially send men and women to war, then don’t take care of them when they return home. And, of course, I regret the pain caused to the families of those who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country in Southeast Asia.

 

I would ask the people I angered to consider carefully reading the article, which explains, for example, that the Chinese Communists cynically leaked lies about the existence of live POWs in the years after the war in order to harm their rival Vietnam.

 

Most of all, I wish to express my regrets. Other than that, I stand by my article. —Rick Perlstein

 


 

The Editor’s Response

 

We published Rick Perlstein’s article on the POW/MIA flag, because it insightfully examines the cynical manipulation of public opinion at the expense of the downed pilots and foot soldiers the creators of the MIA movement claimed to represent. Perlstein is an accomplished historian who has spent years researching the Nixon and Reagan years. He knows this material. Our prolonged national discussion of the tragic Southeast Asian war that extended beyond Vietnam is often framed in what can be reasonably described as racist terms. The defenders of an Asian country that was invaded, bombed, defoliated and savaged (see: Kill Anything that Moves by Nick Turse) are vilified, while the invaders are beatified. Neither position is correct or fair. It was a persistent yet perhaps understandable disregard for the “other” victims of a war, beyond our own nation’s tragic losses, that informed the piece.

 

Nowhere is it suggested, nor do we imply, that individuals who remain devoted to the POW/MIA flag are racist. And it was neither Mr. Perlstein’s intent, nor ours, to dishonor those who served in Vietnam, although based on comments of readers, many were offended. A more careful editor would have moved the term “racist” lower in the body of the story and kept it out of the headline, where it was an unintended red flag that provoked the understandable ire of many readers. —Lou Dubose

Short Perlstein apology:  Sorry not sorry, and all you rubes who were upset by my original piece are still rubes.

Shorter Editor's Response: We're sorry we said it so early in the piece, but frankly we appreciate the clicks and our revenue is way up thanks to you angry people. 

Short Response of Mothax: Stop sniffing glue.

 


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Why is this not being ripped apart and Newsweek made to suffer?

Honestly, I think it is.  Newsweek sold last year or maybe the year before that for $1.  I wouldn't even want to guess what it is worth after they printed that bit of ....

I have never been so embarrased for a fellow writer. How is possible to be so ignorant, so ill informed, so asinine as to think the militray and those who revere it are racist. Are there racists in the military? yws, we have anti black, jew, relgion women etc. Is the institution racist NO. The best soldiers I served with were members in 42nd S&T which had 395 african-american and 5 whites, I guess we were racist?

You liberal left wingers who never experienced boot camp, let alone war, should not be allowed to publish such garbage. i for one will never buy another issue of Newsweek. If all veterans followed suit, we could hurt them in the bottom line. Such vitriol has no place in what used to be a really good and insightful magazine.

He has no respect for anyone or anything. I guess that he never served and has not experienced a lost before. What a poor writer and a terrible American.

I FIND THE ARTICLE AN INSULT TO EVERY VETERAN WHO HAS SERVED SINCE 1775. WHILE MY SERVICE ALLOWS TRASH SUCH AS THIS TO BE PRINTED IT IS AN HONOR TO HAVE SERVED IN A COUNTRY THAT ALLOWS "ALL" VIEWS TO BE UTTERED. HOWEVER I MUST REPLY WITH A MORE BASIC HUMAN RESPONCE TO GARBAGE UTTERED "KMOGA" TRANSLATION:" KISS MY OLIVE GREEN A.. " SEMPER FI

My Father was a POW in WWII and the POW/MIA was his flag, also. He lost half of his body weight as a POW. He never fully recovered from his treatment as a POW. My brother served in Viet Nam with the mountain people.

I am a viet nam Vet. I will FLY this Flag. I don't care what anyone thinks about it,it's my Flag,and I will NEVER FORGET MY BROTHERS.
This guy never been in our boots and dose not understand a thing. He's never walk the walk and can't talk the talk.

NO one should ever even look at a magazine with such garbage including the author.

EVERYTHING is racist these days to someone. The term is meaningless. If anyone out there thinks for a second that I will ever take my POW-MIA flag down and put it away, they have another think coming. I hold that flag to mean almost as much to me as my American flag. For us Vietnam vets, the POW-MIA flag is all we have left of any lasting impact. As far as Pearlstein is concerned, he can stick his "racism" where the sun don't shine.

This guy is a complete a##hole. He only knows what the liberal media tells him. I have always flown,and will continue to do so, the POW/MIA flag.I am a vietnam era vet,and proud of it. 1967-1971. Brothers always.

My first impression when I read the headline: what kind of pimple heads is Newsweek hiring anyway?

It has gotten in the USofA that any Jackass can cause a stir and roughly 14% of the people agree with them. You 14% don't like somebody/something make a lot of noise. To all y'all take a long walk on a short pier and leave the res,t66%, of us alone. Good Grief Charlie Brown. Media stop making such a big deal our of everything. Example: 2 hrs of watching a doggone police car chase in LA LA Land (Los Angeles to you poor sols in the rest of the US. That ain't bad enough but the stupid ass broadcasting the same speech re Car Chase ad nausium repetition. Cheees Loiuse

Veterans and supporters of our military should stop buying Newsweek.

I fly the POW/MIA for those still missing from all the wars that the USA has been in

Recently made aware of the movie, Rescue Dawn[2006] and viewed same. To me a fair over view of our POW's and their captors. If you were dropping napalm on me and mine you are dam well going to be treated harshly if and when I get my everloving mitts on you. I have no quarrel w that. I fly my POW/MIA flag in remembrance of the friends who went to a strange and alien land and have not yet returned and should never have been sent in the 1st place.

My first reaction was to laugh. This is just another uneducated 2percenter. I like to believe that folks just can not be this ignorant. But here is the proof. TRY TO TAKE MY POW/MIA FLAG.

Truly, written by someone who has never put others before themselves or made any type of sacrifice that put thier life at risk. This article was not written about the Viet Nam war, but without a doubt written to try and shame those that went and fought that war. News Week should be happy that we have a country where there are individuals who are willing and have made those sacrifices, so they can have the freedom of speech.

Proof that nobodies will write anything for attention and proof that sinking magazines will print anything for clicks.

With an extreme leftist view such as this, how does Newsweek have any resdership? I will NEVER pick up a copy of this magazine again!

I have a suspicion Mr. Perlstein was one of those who spit on us as we returned from south east Asia. They will never change and their opinion is as useless today as it was then. Perhaps he should think of his own "racism"!

Faith, Trust,Truth,Responsibility,Accountability=POW/MIA Flag..Symbol..This 'Jack-Hole' Perlstein got what he wished, Recognition. We should all do what 'most' have done for years concerning the POW/MIA issue, includiding allowing the DOD to change terminology..just ignore him and others like him..Newsweek !!

only in America can honorable men and women sacrifice their lives to allow the freedom of the ignorant to use the frrdom of the press to spew thsi kind of stupidity. The last time I heard something this stupid Janet Neo___itano labled war veterans as "right-wing exteremist terrorists" because we believe in something so much we would risk our lives defending it. In my mind that doesn't make me a terrorist - it makes me a PATRIOT!. I took an oath to defend the nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Maybe we (veterans) should consider Perstein a "domestic terrorist" for the damage he caused with his spiteful words!

I would love to sit back and watch this guy go through training and combat. Oh, maybe he would just run to Canada.

If you subscribe to Newsweek or the American Spectator stop it!! The only way to hit these haters is in the pocketbook. They have no clue what we've given to this country ... and could care less. I'm sure they think they are entitled to speak without thinking.

That flag means something to me because several buddies of mine never came back from that war. Perlstein disgusts me no end.

I said it when I was a young LT in the early70's and I say it again: "I respect the enemy more than the protesters, press, and miscellaneous cowards who have no national patriotism, pride, or honor. . .at least the NVA believed in something and put their own asses on the line!" We don't really know (and likely never will) the fate of all our missing brothers but we do understand their sacrifice. Racism??? Poppycock! God bless America.

We have reached a tipping point in this county. Those who love the ideals of Socialism (Communism) are rewriting history, and getting away with it because so many who fought for the freedoms they enjoy, such as freedom of the press, have passed away. \

We have reached a point where people can pretty much say, and do almost whatever they wish with no fear of reprisal, unless of course you have traditional values. I do not particularly mean Conservative values, or religious values, but values of common decency. These people have nothing to fear. They know they will not be punched in the mouth, as they deserve at the very least, nor face any criminal charges for their more outrageous antics.

What we see in this atrocity of an article is an editorial opinion. Let's all remember that all media outlets are first, and foremost in business to make money, period, all stop. Though freedom of the press is extremely important, the media at large, be it news papers, magazines, radio, or TV, are all here to make money. They will do whatever it takes to make money.

Unplug from all media as much as possible, and be happy. Unfortunately we can not, and should not ignore the media completely, then crap like this Newsweek Article will be allowed to go on unchecked, and pretty soon become like reality for those who are uneducated. And, that last sentence brings to mind an important thought. Education is key to all. We must all continue to fight against the Socialist morons, and educate as many people as possible to the real facts, even if that means educating ourselves a bit more to do so.

We all have a choice to make. Do we allow our great country to be taken over by those who have low values, and want socialism, or do we fight to take our country back? I say fight in every way possible.

Well said John! All it takes is for good men to do nothing or something like that quote we have our current situation. My solution is TERM LIMITS for everyone and no one makes more than the soldiers! If the politicians sign a blank check up to and including their life maybe! Benefits, retirement for all the government will be just as the average citizen all laws will apply to EVERYONE equally. No exemptions for branches of government. Conventions - NO use teleconferencing. We talk to the astronauts that way it works! Actually cut costs have a panel of common citizens [housewives, especially military, business owners, students [not economics majors one that pay their own way though school not on Daddy's money] and a few farmers, fisherman, mayors [very few] firemen and policemen! These people know how to cut a budget when needed. Cut welfare you never see it mentioned! STOP illegal immigration and NO REFUGEE status to any illegal Mr. Obama No crazy Executive orders to get around Congress and CONGRESS you CONTROL the budget start controlling for a change! It's crude but grow a pair you wanted control now what are you going to do with it sit on your thumbs? Remember you can and should be REPLACED CONGRESS every 2 years if you can't do your job. As Warren Buffett said no pay if you don't balance the budget! Mr Obama [Notice I do not call you anything else on purpose because you do NOT have my respect [remember Benghazi] YOUR ONLY JOB in the CONSTITUTION is to provide for the common defense! To not do so should be TREASON! SHAME on you sealing all of your phony records and the journalists helping you cover it up!! You and Soros will not take this country down no matter how hard you try because in a pinch the SILENT MAJORITY will rise up and you will regret arousing the fire in the belly of the Eagle. I swore an OATH to defend this country against all enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC [I suspect you sir are both] and guess what there is no expiration date! Every veteran, active duty. NG, and Reserve member took the same Oath. Are you betting most will forget it because you fired those that would not swear to shoot American Citizens [unclear if armed or unarmed] and many great ones refused and you promoted those that would. What about the men, the NCO's did they all swear having never been in the American forces you could not understand their morals, standards, faith, and LOYALTY! Not to you but to the American People their wives, families and WAY OF LIFE! We expect you to try to remain in power by some crazy twist but I trust in the LORD and JESUS NOT any false idol that your fool's plan will be a failed plan and you will be tried for TREASON. Just go away quietly and stay away over with your Virgin lovers and ISIS bring it on no compromise no fear of you we will eradicate you when we get rid of spineless MUSLEM Presidents and Chamberlain type politicians! Get my Point probably not I should have kept it simple for Harvard Law grads - [nobody remembers you in class though a whole new subject. A million dollars to seal records for what reason? A Republican would be run out of town! Everybody investigating stopped? Why? Where's J Edgar Hoover when we need him and Ronald Reagan for President!

I remember 9/11 and WMDs in Iraq also John. Then again I'm not a partisan person who only sees one way.

I remember 9/11 and WMDs in Iraq also John. Then again I'm not a partisan person who only sees one way.

Why do a lot of the non-vets like to tear down the Veterans from any war, They set back on their backsides and let a lot of men and women do a few tours of duty in A war zone because they are too afraid to serve in the military. Bring the Draft back!!

Everything is Racist to somebody! It's ridiculous This PC nonsense has to stop! We have become a nation of whiners and not doers! Personally I was a draftee and went to Vietnam. Was I happy- No! Did I complain- if you were in service and know what a DI is you wouldn't even ask that question! I spent 1yr 359 days plus 4 years inactive reserve. That meant I could go back to Vietnam if they needed me for the next 4 years[ that meant all you deferred boys would be visited by me and we would go down together because I Damn sure wasn't going back til all of you went the first time! I my tour of duty I had been to OCS [civies don't need to know] and had accident so instead of starting again day1 when I way 16 weeks in I said adios to OCS and Hello Vietnam. I enjoyed my tour over there for the most part because we didn't paint rocks etc we did our real job and did it well! Sure we had some times when we became hot and used a lot of small arms and machine gun ammo. I lost a few good men but most of mine along with me came home with hidden injuries and good old Agent Orange from the 'war that keeps on giving' Now our fight is with our own government to take care of us! You civies just think of us as all sorts of names BUT 'We are the Greatest of our Generation hands down!"

I am a veteran of Vietnam War, my husband and a brother are retired veterans and four other brothers a Veterans. We live the remainder of our lives proudly and never forget our brothers that have not yet been allowed to return; but by thru grace of God, one of us could be listed amongst the MIAs. To tell us our suffering is for nothing is to continue spitting on us. I say 'is' as we continue to suffer from the hardships placed upon our bodies, minds and souls in the hope of one day having a world without war and suffering at the hands of selfish rich who wish to eliminate freedom and free will. Go to China and try writing garbage about that country and their government.

this guy is a complete asshole what else can you say,guys like him dont deserve to be in the usa

I am proud of my Vietnam service--66-67-68
The bullshit that went on behind the scenes was and is hard to believe, even to this day.
As the North Vietnamese Generals have said, "" thank you to your news media""they won the war for us"". The pain never stops and it will never go away for so many of us.
I just pray, that some day Mr.Perlman comes face to face with all of those he has DISGRACED AND
DISHONORED.... ONE BY ONE..........

People actually still read "Newsweek"? Seriously? Most had quit long before the print edition expired, an unlamented death, and notice that when Amazon's Jeff Bezos saved The Washington Post, the Newsweek segment of the former mini-empire was left out. Maybe insulting garbage like this was why. Its thesis seemed to have been, "Since soldiers were cyncially used by LBJ and maniuplated by Chinese Communists, they therefore are ignorant, silly, vainglorious racists." And the "apology" says, "Sorry to call you racists. You're just those other things."

News week is and has been a anti American sense the day he got there. His appoligy is not from the heart its from the wallet It is time for all Americans to shut down his rag mag. The rag is in a tail spin and hopefully subscribers will let it spin into history .We do not need socialist anti American crap spewed against our veterans and the United States Of America. His type of rhetoric in other country would be dealt with swiftly. Every one should mail text etc. around the world shut down this anti American rag. Yes I am a retired helicopter Master enlisted crew member war is hell it is double hell when a educated idot like him spews ignorance and hate. HAUL DOWN THE RAG MAG AND HIM WITH IT.

I can't get over how many comments there are. My daughter just found a picture of me in VietNam. Brought back a lot of memories that should have been left buried. I just hope we can survive Obama and all he stands for.

Bye bye newsweek

"This idiot writes for Newsweek? Glad I don't read this trash and hope that any vet who subscribes to that magazine should cancel their subscription. I would. His and the editor's "apology" show their total disregard for everything we stand for. Yes, even idiots like them have a First Amendment right to publish their defecations, but we also have the right to call it what it is.

Shame on News week for putting up with this guy and having him on the pay role. Whats next the Statue of America is racist because the French made it? Come on people(Veterans too) where is it going to stop!

He must be a good friend of Hanoi Jane.

The IDIOT who hates the POW/MIA FLAG and says that it is 'racist' is a typical liberal derelict and coward.

This article confirms my theory, that when some people die and report to St Peter. They ask for full credit for their totally unused brain, since the never used it in their entire life.
As a Korean combat vet, we never got a parade or due recognition and we left some MIAs in North Korean (due to age are dead) and they will never come home. At least we weren't spit on or called "baby killers!" I do resent some comments about Liberals. There are crack head on both sides of the fence. As an American Legion and VFW member, I am proud of the recognition we render in our solemn recognition of those MIA and POWs. Oh yes, and a correction to the author of this ridiculous piece in News Week, the MIA and POW flag is NOT racist. Shame on you News Week for publishing this crap. (However, the decision makers at NW magazine knew full well that such an article would garner a lot of attention and that could turn into bucks. Unfortunately, this just might backfire on them.)

Another writer with an opinion. Did he serve? Has he ever served? I was in the infantry in RVN with a lot of "minorities. We bonded pretty well. Apparently writers have not been able to do that. Head out to China/Russia or dozens of other countries and spread your opinion about their governments. See how long you last there! News Week should change their name to the national enquirer and talk about UFO's or Elvis.

i served ten yrs in the military.i am somewhat liberal.not all assholes are liberals.

All part of the leftist propaganda agenda! The "thirty-something's think Charlie Sheen was in the "Nam" and that Oliver Stone and John Kerry (should have been courts martialed) are the real heroes. Disdain for everything American is the name of the game for so many "professors" and "journalists" today.They have become emboldened by the current regime, and most young people are more interested in the Kardashian's. Decent and Honest is not cool in today 's America

Hey, Earl and like minded. Liberal here. Also, 20 years USAF vet, Desert Storm, etc. Don't have to be right wing or conservative to be a patriot. Jefferson and Hamilton had divergent models for the nation, but both wanted the best for it.
I agree the piece was way off mark. Seems journalist must bark loudly to be noticed and heard sometimes. We made major mistakes in that war and others, but those who served should not be denigrated. Most on all sides wanted to serve their country. Read "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" as well as the follow up book, "We Are Soldiers Still."

As a former Navy Corpsman who served with the Marines in Vietnam,69-70, I take great offence of his article, as all veterans should. He has smeared the names and our memories of all of those that have and do now serve in the Armed Services. Many have repaid this country with the ultimate sacrifice.
We can't wait to get this Arab Loving, Bleeding Heart out of office. As far as the POW-MIA Flag maybe the initials KIA should be added

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