October 31, 2006
Yes, you read the title correctly. Believe it or not, some poor misled moonbat over on the radical far left discussion board Democratic Underground is actually using the forgotten Jessica Lynch to prove John Kerry’s words denigrating our Military (You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq) are true.
If they weren't serious over there, I would think this is outrageously funny. But, sad to say, they are totally serious in every effort to justify anything done by any Democrat.
From the post, in describing Ms. Lynch, we read: “ A poor West Virginia girl who dreamed of becoming a school teacher but knew she could never afford college on her own so she joined the Army to take advantage of the educational benefits to improve herself.”
Palestine West Virginia, where Lynch was born and raised, is and has been an economically repressed community, as much of West Virginia is. Located about 70 miles north of Charleston, Palestine is a farming community which at the time had a 15 percent unemployment rate. Reflecting a holdover from the Clinton era and sadly, advertised by former Top Army Brass, Lynch decided to enlist in the Army to take advantage of Educational Benefits instead of enlisting out of a sense of duty and honor to country.
Her father said, "We might have been able to pay for college, but it would have been rough. The Army offered her what she wanted." Who, except the wealthiest, haven’t faced the tight times of children in college? The Army is hardly the only hope for our youth. Student loans, scholarships, the old fashioned working are but a few methods that have put many a person through college, without joining the Army.
It should also be noted that Lynch enlisted on July 20, 2001 and departed for basic training two months later, presumably after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Anyone enlisting after September 11 that didn’t realize there was a good prospect for war wasn’t paying much attention.
Back to the DU post: “ Well, it just turns out that John was telling a truth we already knew. And what is that truth?
That if you didn't happen to win the "lucky sperm contest", there are very few opportunities out there for you to ever improve your lot in life. And unfortunately one of the few, very few, paths out of poverty and circumstance is the United States Military. So if you DO happen to drop out of college, and need to find a job capable of supporting a family at some level above poverty, one of the few paths available is military and eventually that path leads to Iraq.”
To be kind to ‘ewagner,’ the poster of this tripe, WHAT UTTER RUBBISH!!!
Lynch followed the misguided holdovers from the Clinton era in expecting an easy way to college. Too many enlisted during the Clinton years expecting a Social Club, not Military Service. Instead of trying to work her way through college, or getting a student loan or even trying for a scholarship, she chose the easy way, joining the ‘job corps’ Army. But, she entered active duty after 9/11 and was sent off to Iraq where her substandard training left her ill-equipped for the combat duties she found herself embroiled in, also thanks to the Clinton era in lowering training standards to accommodate more women as well the 1994 Clinton Administration lifting the 'risk rule,' which in effect let women take military positions where they might come under enemy fire or be captured.
I don’t fault Lynch; she was following what she had been taught in the 8 years of the Clinton administration. I do fault ‘ewagner’ for not doing the homework necessary to see that Kerry’s ludicrous remarks, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq,” have absolutely nothing to do with the tragic circumstance Jessica Lynch found herself in.
It also has nothing to do with the Bush administration as she enlisted in July of 2001, 6 months into the Bush administration and entered active duty in September, 8 months into the new administration, when he was still trying to get his administration nominees approved through Congress with many hostile Democrats who started opposing him the day he was sworn in.
‘ewagner’ concludes, “Jessica Lynch was one a prime example of this terrible truth. And somehow or another, we've forgotten that....we've forgotten that Jessica is, an was, one of the first victims of George W. Bush's new America....”
Sorry, no dice. Jessica Lynch was not victimized by the Bush administration. If she were victimized by any administration it would be Clinton’s as he lowered training standards and placed women in dangerous situations without the proper training to defend themselves.
As a Viet Nam Veteran, even though I was primarily a Helicopter Mechanic, I was trained to fend off attacks from the enemy. I was qualified in shooting the M-16, taught ambush defense tactics and prepared for where I was going to be sent, Viet Nam. We all were, even cooks and company clerks, we had to be able to defend our perimeter should ‘Charlie’ decide to come through. Without that training, I might not be here writing this today.
This post on Democratic Underground is just another sad and pitiful attempt at defending the indefensible. Kerry’s words, regardless of what he may have meant, were out of line and uncalled for. I thought the left were the “sensitive” men unafraid of apologizing.
Apparently, that doesn’t include Senator John ‘F’in Kerry.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
October 31, 2006
Posted by Lew Waters at 9:18 PM