Friday, February 02, 2007


Arkin's meltdown

In what has become the most interesting story, for me, of 2007 Bill Arkin journalist activist blogging via WaPo on national security has decided American soldiers need to, "I just say that when the troops start to express their dissatisfaction with the American public, they should look in the mirror and ask themselves whether or not the American public is their servant or they're the servant of the American public. (Voice louder) I nowhere suggested that the troops shouldn't have the right to speak up. I merely said we shouldn't put them on such a pedestal that they are above criticism IF THEY SAY STUPID THINGS!."

All of this stems from a post Arkin made calling our soldiers mercenaries because of this NBC report in which some soldiers suggested that supporting them meant also supporting the mission. Arkin issued a non-apology:

These men and women are not fighting for money with little regard for the nation. The situation might be much worse than that: evidently far too many in uniform believe that they are the one true nation. They hide behind the constitution and the flag and then spew an anti-Democrat, anti-liberal, anti-journalism, anti-dissent, and anti-citizen message that reflects a certain contempt for the American people.

That's right. They aren't mercenaries (for money) but they do hold the American people in contempt. Sheesh. Ironically, as was pointed out on Ace, Arkin is making the anti-chickenhawk argument for us. Those who haven't served deserve to have their opinions heard.

MM linked to Johnny Dollar who has the audio of Arkin on the John Gibson radio show. Nothing like pure anger bubbling to the surface. Apparently Arkin's piece has been pulled from the front page of WaPo's website and this story might get picked up by the MSM. I believe the military characterizes this as red on red. We'll see how far up the media chain this goes. I am quite sure the more exposure this gets, the worse it will be for Mr. Arkin. He is not just a nobody. He appears on other media outlets representing WaPo concerning national security so his opinions reflect on WaPo. A public meltdown of this magnitude might affect his career.

Stay tuned.


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