Ben of Mesopotamia writes in his blog:
|After praising Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, Senator John Kerry came to Iraq this weekend.|
Before his arrival, rumors were already flowing that every FOB (Forward Operating Base) Commander told General Casey that they already had another "DV" (Distinguished Visitor) to support while Sen. Kerry was in country -- or that they would be in the middle of ongoing operations -- and hence were unable to support his visit. This rumor was either sparked or confirmed by a post by Matt on Blackfive. (Blackfive, for those who don't already read it, is an infinitely more interesting military blog than mine).
Hey, I just came from a meeting where they were trying to get some commander, any commander, in the Green Zone, to host Jawn Carri.
Swear to God, the CG is saying, "You can't tell me you ALL have things going on at that time! Come on!"
So, it appears that JF'nK will be coming to the Palace at the Embassy Annex and sitting around sucking up coffee at the Green Bean while we all try to ignore him.
And ignor him they did. While the soldiers swamped Bill O'Reilly with hundreds lined up for autographs, they avoided Kerry.
Kerry couldn't even get any local or national coverage for a press conference and had to cancel because... well, no one came.
The reason is simple and should be ignored only at our own peril. The soldiers are supporting those who support them.
I wrote earlier about FOX's unabashed love fest with the soldiers this Christmas. It wasn't journalism. It was a shower of old fashioned support.
Soldiers were allowed to talk on FOX. Unrestricted.
O'Reilly said one thing over and over and over and over and over again during his trip to Iraq: Thank You!!!
Kerry made a bad joke. Kerry refused over and often to apologize. And don't think for a minute today's soldiers aren't painfully aware for Kerry's slander against the troops during Viet Nam.
John Kerry is not their friend. And they know it.
And the soldiers are supporting their friends.
You don't have to like it. You can think the soldiers are "brainwashed" or misled.
But we must learn from Bill O'Reilly, Oliver North, FOX News and John Kerry.
Words Have Consequences.