In addition, the military "Times" editorials effectively counter the shabby and foolish decision of the
VFW to endorse a did-not-serve cheap-talking Republican candidate rather than Democratic Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth,
an Iraq veteran who lost both legs to the Republican Occupation of Iraq. Without doubt, historically these newspapers have
been solidly in the Bush-as-CIC adoration society. That they now choose to risk disfavor among their subscription base which
is - of course primarily military families - speaks loudly and clearly about the changed direction of the political breeze
in this country.
Tomorrow the Air Force Times, The Army Times, The Navy Times and the Marine Times
are publishing an editorial calling for Bush to fire Rumsfeld. The editorial says Rumsfeld has "lost credibility" with top
As a legitimate action of genuine political support of our sons and daughters at
war, the implication of these editorials is enormous. They accomplish more in one moment than 6 years of presidential
appearances on military installations, in military communities and at VFW and American Legion Conventions.
The White House can't really launch a swift-boat-liars campaign against these Military Times
publications because of who the subscribers are, but they can fall back on their own historical cupidity and go to the dumb-them-down
well one more time before the election.
Regardless of White House and Tony Snow protestations that "the military papers, produced
for military personnel by a subsidiary of Gannett, are biased," the dumber statement Snow and Bushco made was that the
editorials are "a caricature" and a "shabby piece of work" filled with inaccuracies.
I find it ironically apropos that such a phrasing comes from Mr. Snow who himself in his short
career as Scotty McLellan's replacement has been nothing but a caricature and given us nothing but shabby pieces of work filled
with inaccuracies in his own role.
When asked at the press conference "Has the President seen or been told about the editorials?"
"He's been told about the editorial.
... His reaction was just to sort of shrug it off. I mean, he understands what editorial writers
sometimes do, and in this case, they're grandstanding.
The notion that somehow, as the editorial says, that this is not intended to influence the elections
-- you've got to be kidding me. I mean, if they didn't want it to influence the elections, they could have published it Wednesday."
I suppose Snow is making a valid Republican talking point about the timing. But isn't timing
part and parcel of when you write an editorial?
Not to mention the "timing" thing when Saddam is sentenced to hang three days before the mid-term
election - as if when we vote we have been reminded that Republicans and the President who couldn't find WMD's under his own
desk and gave up trying to find OBL deserves our vote now because we're finally getting around to executing the guy they said
would attack America with WMD's.
The importance of these editorials is not the call to dismiss Mr. Rumsfeld who long ago proved
totally incapable of running an invasion and occupation.
Rather, the importance is that the angry and disgusted breeze blowing every more fiercely against
Republicans, neo-cons and the true betrayers of our military loved ones is reaching gale-force.
More American military families are speaking out, voicing opinions they used to suppress out
of patriotic habit - and fear of insitutional military retribution - confirming what we've all known for more than three years.
Our military families are losing their most precious blood;
the vigorous and disciplined young men and women of our future.
The shabbiest work and caricature that was always the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq sits broadly
in loud full view of the American conscience.
More and more Americans have awakend from a fixation on dummies who eat insects and swim with
on who can dance and who can't,
on a shallow focus on the wrong American idols,
on whether or not gay neighbors are the greatest threat to America,
because Iraq dominates our fears and hopes. The military Times editorials are worth their weight
in tons of the real gold of American values.
© Arthur Ruger 2006