I haven’t really been following the “staged event” story, since it’s he-said, she-said for the most part. Except that Legacy Media doesn’t seem to be telling both sides, just the side supporting the “staged event” claims. Since I’m constantly assured that mainstream media is biased to the Right, I can’t figure this out.
If only there were a place to get some input from some of the soldiers who participated.
Like, for instance, a blog or something.
Yesterday, I (bottom right corner in the picture) was chosen to be among a small group of soldiers assigned to the 42ID’s Task Force Liberty that would speak to President Bush, our Commander-in-Chief. The interview went well, but I would like to respond to what most of the mass-media has dubbed as, “A Staged Event.”
First of all, we were told that we would be speaking with the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief, President Bush, so I believe that it would have been totally irresponsible for us NOT to prepare some ideas, facts or comments that we wanted to share with the President.
We were given an idea as to what topics he may discuss with us, but it’s the President of the United States; He will choose which way his conversation with us may go.
We practiced passing the microphone around to one another, so we wouldn’t choke someone on live TV. We had an idea as to who we thought should answer what types of questions, unless President Bush called on one of us specifically.
President Bush told us, during his closing, that the American people were behind us.
Well, BUSH LIED! A lot of American people are NOT behind the members of the military, and even a lot of them that are behind those serving are not behind what they’re doing. A great many of those are not just not “behind us”. They’re actively supporting the men and mission of the enemy.
Yes, in case you aren’t reading me clearly, if you fall into this group I’m calling you unpatriotic.
While I don’t believe that anyone I discuss (face to face) current events with falls cleanly into this group, there are several regular commenters on MO and no doubt other regular lurkers that do. I have no issue with lively debate and heated arguments as long as both parties are making an honest effort to discuss things from a position of fact, logically-formed opinion, and reasoned belief. While I have no doubt that adherents to both sides of things are guilty of breaking these rules, I personally have experienced the greatest amount of baseless discourse comes from those opposed to President Bush and the campaign in Iraq. Your mileage may vary.
Since it’s been decided that Bush and the White House staged this session, it only follows that a soldier who was there and wrote about the event differently than the mainstream press must be lying. That will no doubt be the conclusion reached by many who simply don’t want to see both sides. Some of them will read this post.
I’m not questioning your patriotism. I’m flat out declaring that it isn’t there.
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