Wednesday, November 01, 2006

No Soldier Left Behind

If you've had the misfortune of turning on CNN today, you'll note that they and the rest of the mainstream media is getting itself worked into a full-blown circle jerk over John Kerry's latest botched speech.

It's completely understandable that they'd prefer to regress to their 2004 campaign mode, which didn't require any actual reporting on the major issues of the day -- which are, of course, booooooorrrrrrringgggg -- and only required a mastery of junior high school gossip skills. Who gives a shit about Iraq or the economy or national security, when John Kerry is on the loose mangling the English language? Won't someone please think of the children?!?!

Even though you wouldn't know it from the nonstop coverage of the willfully ignorant outrage of the White House, there is actual, disturbing news out there. Andrew Sullivan has the scoop:
The commander-in-chief has abandoned an American soldier to the tender mercies of a Shiite militia. Yes, there are nuances here, and the NYT fleshes out the story today. But the essential fact is clear. In a showdown for control of Baghdad, the Iraqi prime minister took orders from Moqtada al-Sadr, and instructed the U.S. military to withdraw from Sadr City. The American forces were trying both to stabilize the city but also to find a missing American serviceman. He is still missing. Money quote from the WaPo:
The move lifted a near siege that had stood at least since last Wednesday. U.S. military police imposed the blockade after the kidnapping of an American soldier of Iraqi descent. The soldier's Iraqi in-laws said they believed he had been abducted by the Mahdi Army as he visited his wife at her home in the Karrada area of Baghdad, where U.S. military checkpoints were also removed as a result of Maliki's action.

The crackdown on Sadr City had a second motive, U.S. officers said: the search for Abu Deraa, a man considered one of the most notorious death squad leaders. The soldier and Abu Deraa both were believed by the U.S. military to be in Sadr City.
The U.S. military does not have a tradition of abandoning its own soldiers to foreign militias, or of taking orders from foreign governments. No commander-in-chief who actually walks the walk, rather than swaggering the swagger, would acquiesce to such a thing. The soldier appears to be of Iraqi descent who is married to an Iraqi woman. Who authorized abandoning him to the enemy? Who is really giving the orders to the U.S. military in Iraq? These are real questions about honor and sacrifice and a war that is now careening out of any control. They are not phony questions drummed up by a partisan media machine to appeal to emotions to maintain power.
Yep, that about covers it. While Bush is out there complaining that the Democrats are denigrating the troops, his administration is literally abandoning an American soldier in the field. Which is worse?


Noah said...

I hope...I pray...I really gotta think...that the Army isn't going to let this go. That there will be dark-of-night ops to find and rescue the lost soldier. Despite the worst intentions of a lost administration, I gotta think that a squad of dedicated soldiers will saddle up and find him.

Anonymous said...

You're missing out on the gateway offense: not being a Republican.

Anonymous said...

You're so right about CNN slipping back into its servile GOP-boosting mode, a la 2004. I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn the RNC has a direct, dedicated line to whoever produces the Wolfman and Anderson Cooper's shows.

Re: the missing soldier. The absolute worst thing that could happen, believe me, is if Bush were to go public with a solemn pledge that no matter what, we will do whatever it takes to get the poor guy back. Kiss of death every time, when Bush makes such a statement.

That soldier's case would get serious attention from Bush right after Osama goes on trial in Manhattan. Yeah, right.

InanimateCarbonRod said...

Better to abandon the search for a kidnapped soldier than blow the punchline to a stupid joke.