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August 25, 2005

Why Does the American Legion Hate America?

Evidently, the American Legion didn't get the memo that Iraq didn't have anything to do with 9/11.

Thomas Cadmus addressed the American Legion at their national convention in Hawaii.

"I urge all Americans to rally around our armed forces and remember our fellow Americans who were viciously murdered on Sept. 11, 2001."

Are these people just blind to what's going on? That Bush lied to them and to every American when he marched into Iraq? Do they not realize how badly Bush is treating servicemen and women by placing them in harm's way for no good reason?

The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all “public protests” and “media events” against the war.

I guess we know who the real enemy of freedom is. It's middle-aged women in floppy hats.

Norbizness has some similar arguments.

"The delegates voted to use whatever means necessary to "ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism." In his speech, [Thomas] Cadmus declared: 'It would be tragic if the freedoms our veterans fought so valiantly to protect would be used against their successors today as they battle terrorists bent on our destruction.'"

Well, if I really wanted to fuck over our troops, wouldn't I incoherently
scream for open-ended occupation of countries way down on the list of
potential threats to America by carping about tens of thousands of tons
of chemical weapons and mushroom clouds? Wouldn't I then blindly
support a Pentagon that couldn't plan a tuna salad sandwich as it
repeatedly extends tours of duty, dicks around on body armor for two
years, and pushes reserves to the breaking point? Wouldn't I reflexively
screech down anybody of any political stripe who suggests that our
military resources could better be employed elsewhere? Wouldn't I call
returning Iraq War veterans who run for political office with a (D) behind
their name a "staff puke"? Wouldn't I carry water for a Republican
Congress that drastically underfunded new needs for the Veterans'
Administration, only to sheepishly add the money after a firestorm of
political protest from organizations like the American Legion?