Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rushing to Failure

I've been reading that a number of prominent media figures are publicly expressing hope that my new Commander-in-Chief fails. "I hope he fails," one such large pontificator reiterated recently at a gathering in Washington, DC. His speech was met with the wild cheers of all present.

Interesting concept, this hoping the Commander-in-Chief fails, and calling for it publicly.

As Commander-in-Chief, he is responsible -- ultimately -- for the success or failure of our military efforts.

So, hoping the Commander-in-Chief 'fails' seems to imply the wish that our military fails as well. And please don't try to tell me, "we only want *this* part to fail." I-want-him-to-fail is an all-or-nothing package. You can't have it both ways, folks!

(As an aside, if *I* as a Soldier were to express publicly the sentiment that I hoped the Commander-in-Chief would fail, I could be subject to very harsh punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice....)

If they want him as President to fail, they want him as Commander-in-Chief to fail. Period.

I guess that means, by extension, that these bloviators hope that *I* as a Soldier under the command of the Commander-in-Chief fail, as well.

When the military fails, that often means capture or death of military personnel. I am one of those military personnel. Thanks for the vote of confidence, and the good wishes in this rush to wish the new Commander-in-Chief failure!

(It seems a bit odd that there's a one-to-one correspondence between the people publicly expressing the hope that the new Commander-in-Chief fails, and the people who publicly expressed the view that anyone who disagreed with the military aims of the last Commander-in-Chief was a 'traitor' and didn't 'support the troops'.)

I'm sure feeling "supported" right now!

(As one who's about to hit the road on a long convoy mission, I hope the new Commander-in-Chief is a success.)

Blessings and peace to one and all,


Fr. Tim, SJ

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1 comment:

Rich Fasi said...

Fuck Rush

 
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