“The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘The Enemy.’ They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow–and they will win.”
(Courtesy of one of the great milbloggers out there, Blackfive.)
Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 is making the rounds among our soldiers fighting in Iraq. The results are devastating. The National Center for Public Policy Research, a non-partisan think-tank on Capitol Hill, and Amy Ridenhour, have posted an e-mail online from a soldier, Specialist Joe Roche of the 1st Armored Division.
Here are some excerpts:
- Here we are, soldiers of the 1st Armored Division, just days from finally returning home after over a year serving in Iraq, and Moore’s film is shocking and crushing soldiers, making them feel ashamed. Moore has abused the First Amendment and is hurting us worse than the enemy has.
There are the young and impressionable soldiers, like those who joined the Army right out of high school. They aren’t familiar [with] the college-type political debate environment, and they haven’t been schooled in the full range of issues involved. They are vulnerable to being hurt by a vicious film like Moore’s.
There are others who joined for reasons of money and other benefits, and never gave full thought to the issues. For them, seeing this film has jolted them grievously because they never even knew where some of these countries were that we have been serving in. Imagine the impact this film has on them.
And there are those who are hurting from being away from family and loved ones. They are burnt out, already hurting inside from 15 months of duty out here, and now to be hit [with] this film, it is devastating.
Lastly, there are those like me, who want to explode in anger and rage at this abuse of the First Amendment and the way Moore has twisted reality so harshly.
Specialist Janecek, who is feeling depressed because a close family member is nearing the end of her life, just saw the film today. I saw him in the DFAC. He is devastated. “I feel shitty, ashamed, like this was all a lie.” Not only is he looking at going straight to a funeral when he returns home, but now whatever pride he felt for serving here has been crushed by Moore’s film. Specialist Everett earlier after seeing the film: “You’ll be mad at shit for ever having come here.”
We know this is all based on Moore’s lies and deceptions. But we, I’m afraid, are a minority. Right now, just days away from what should be a proud and happy return from 15 months of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, your U.S. soldiers are coming back ashamed and hurt because of Moore’s work.
What these good yet impressionable soldiers don’t realize is that twisting reality and manipulating the truth is something lawyers do every day in court for their clients. OJ Simpson, so clearly guilty in the ghastly murders, was able to get off because his lawyer team completely confused the issue. Now today, in typical fashion, Moore is doing the very same thing in this film. This is, frankly, the nature of political debate in a democracy — especially when extremism is allowed to go unchecked.
Lt. Bischoff is so angry he could explode. He knows Moore’s work is based on lies and distortions, but as he says, “the damage is done.” Clearly, this is the type of thing we expect from angry leftists like Moore. What we didn’t expect was the full impact this film is now having and how it has been embraced and supported by so many Hollywood elites. Lt. Bischoff says Moore’s film is a work of deception, lies and distortions that when seen by those unfamiliar w/ the issues involved, has the effect of attacking the American peoples’ resolve and focus in this war.
Moore’s commentary and striking video stunts, such as confronting politicians w/ enlistment papers for their kids, of course hurts and affects these soldiers out here badly. These are the ones who have sacrificed much to serve. Moore’s stunt is powerful.
I sometimes want to be mad at my fellow soldiers for being susceptible to Moore’s distortions, but I can’t really blame them. These are good Americans, who have volunteered to serve our country. Nothing says they all have to be experts in Middle Eastern issues and history and politics to serve. That would be silly. …But this is, of course, the vulnerability that Moore has exploited.
I wonder how damaging and shocking a Moore project would have been in the 1940s making such a video of Franklin Roosevelt. All the corruption and decadence in that administration would have fed such a project well. Or how damaging and shocking would such a Moore project have been to Lincoln, who wavered and shifted often in finding the right mediums and balances in pursuing the great causes of the Civil War. …Need I even suggest the impact such would have had on Kennedy or Johnson and all their hypocrisies?
Moore is hurting us, hurting America, and today I can tell you he is hurting your soldiers. I don’t know what to ask, except that good people out there find ways to organize information so that we can better counter Moore’s impact. Is there anyone in Hollywood who is willing to stand up and make a similar film to counter Moore’s? I know good people w/ integrity in the film industry don’t want to be seen as pushing a political agenda in movies. But this is EXACTLY what Moore and the radical leftists in Hollywood have done. Is there no way to put together a response to them?
I think it is sad and unfortunate that at this last hour of a long and difficult deployment, so many soldiers are being made to feel ashamed and “shitty” for having ever served in this whole mission. Moore has abused the First Amendment. This is his right, and we soldiers have defended that right, but we who know better should NOT just sit back and let such enemies w/in our own country get by w/ such assaults unanswered.
In my new book, Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security, I detail the many ways the Left demoralizes our young men and women fighting the War on Terror for the sake of pure political expediency.
The lying Liberal Buddha Micheal Moore is another in a the long tradition joining John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Precisely in the way liberals turned the war in Vietnam from military success to political defeat, they work to lose the war in Iraq. Kerry and Fonda worked to make our returning veterans feel insignificant, that they’d put their lifes on the line for a mistake. We didn’t lose the Vietnam war in the rice paddies of Southeast Asia, we lost it on the streets of New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco.
Are we really going to let them do it again? Are we going to allow a tremendous military success in Iraq and Afghanistan become another demoralizing national embarrassment? Are we going to return to the failed policies of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton? Our troops deserve so much more.