June 21, 2006

Wild Eyed Liberal Alert

Who is this "Wild Eyed" Fellow? Why does he imagine that we on the right side of center are not on to him? Well, if you guessed that he is Markos Moulitsas of "The Daily Kos" give yourself two brownie points and the secure knowledge that you know the enemy. This portrait is courtesy of the indomitable Tim Blair who picked up on MM's stint on CNN's Reliable Sources as reported by Ian at Expose The Left.

I remember the uproar caused by Kos's remarks "Screw Them" when referring to the four security people murdered by the islamo-fascists, their bodies burned beyond recognition, and hoisted on a bridge upright. He was insensitive then (oh yes, boys and girls, the left is far more insensitive then almost anyone on the right) and more so now. Read his blather when questioned by Howard Kurtz:

KURTZ: Now as you know, “National Review’s” Byron York resurrected a quote from you, this was after four American contractors were killed in Iraq in 2004. The quote was, I feel nothing over the death of mercenaries. They are there to wage war for profits, screw them. You dealt with this at the time and you expressed regret. My question is, are you prepared for the extra scrutiny that comes with this higher profile you have, whether you particularly want to be out there as the symbol of the blogging movement or not?

MOULITSAS: Absolutely. To me in a way it’s funny that they have not updated their talking points in two years. And so they want to keep resurrecting an old quote, there’s nothing I can do about it. What I can do is I can say the fact is the reason; the context for that quote was solidarity with my brothers and sisters in arms, Marines and soldiers. I wore combat boots. I served during the first Gulf war and people are making a choice between private armies and mercenaries. I make my choice. I stand behind our men and women in uniform and I’m not going to apologize for that. But they’re going to keep resurrecting that and that’s fine. That’s what they do. They smear, they attack, they don’t like the fact that people are getting engaged in politics, that people are getting involved. There are too many turf to protect so they’ll keep doing that and that’s fine. I can fight back. [Emphasis provided in the original at Expose The Left]

Well, let us take a look at Kos's "claim" that he served during Gulf War I (and don't you think that he sounds like he had boots on the ground in the middle east?), but I digress, here is his statement:

...the context for that quote was solidarity with my brothers and sisters in arms, Marines and soldiers. I wore combat boots. I served during the first Gulf war and people are making a choice between private armies and mercenaries."
The reality is:
And this little gem from his bio: Immediately after high school, at the age of 17, I enrolled in the US Army, and served in Lawton, Oklahoma and Bamberg, Germany. I was a 13P—an MLRS/Lance Fire Direction Specialist (artillery), and served between 1989-92.

1st off private, you ENLIST in the Army, not ENROLL. This ain’t charm school, Cupcake. Secondly, you were TRAINED at Fort Sill (Lawton) you didn’t SERVE there.

And since you were stationed in Bamberg, Germany, you fired the weapon system approximately ZERO times during your entire “career” as a soldier. Thanks for serving your country in Germany during the Gulf War and keeping the German economy going by patriotically guzzling gallons of Hefe Weizen.

Imagine the guy in the picture coordinating the fire of a system designed to flatten an entire square kilometer. Be afraid, be very afraid.

This little gem was provided by a comment from "Texas Bob" on Tim's post. Delightful if you ask me, and of course, it had to come from a Texan.

Again, I digress. It seems that Kos thinks that the right is upset because “they” are getting engaged in politics. Wrong-O Kos, totally wrong! We are upset because you think you have a lock on truth, you think you own the Democratic Party and we think you are leading the left in entirely the wrong direction from what is best for America. Get real Kos, get real!

Posted by GM Roper at June 21, 2006 07:51 AM | TrackBack

Ha. The only thing I like about Kos at all is his ability to delude the democrats into making poor political choices to satisfy the base to which Markos belongs.

He's like a lightning rod for stupidity.

Posted by QuickRob at June 21, 2006 10:46 AM

Are you sure that's not the "Runaway Bride?"

Posted by Woody at June 21, 2006 11:17 AM

Is Kos trying to come center these days or what???

He keeps changing some of his rhetoric. Have you heard that he is embracing America Supports You- the troop support group???? WHERE did this come from???

Posted by Raven at June 21, 2006 03:33 PM

I still laugh everytime I think of The Dread Pundit Bluto's remark upon his first time seeing Markos speak, "That such a precious, delicate flower was subjected to military rules and discipline is a tragedy of our time."

You know, I have respect for anyone who joins the military voluntarily, but I get a little annoyed when they use select terminology to give the impression that they did more than they actually did. Isn't it enough that they joined with the knowledge they could be sent to the front lines? Why don't they think that's enough?

Just like John Kerry. Isn't it enough that he was in Vietnam voluntarily? Yes, he was wounded, but why play up the circumstances surrounding such things? To him, it wasn't enough that he was hurt, no matter how it happened, as a result of his volunteering. He has to make it sound like something it wasn't and then leave enough evidence to contradict it?

If I was at the scene of an accident and offered to hold the ambulance door open while they loaded the victim and then got my finger slammed in the door, would it be honest for me to say, "I got hurt while saving someone's life." ?

Posted by Oyster at June 22, 2006 01:20 PM

Oyster, if you were John Kerry or Jack Murtha or Markos Mitsolas it would!

Posted by GM at June 22, 2006 02:36 PM

Kos "served during the Gulf War?" Heck, I was in the Army before during and after that little dustup, but I've never claimed I :"served duing the Gulf War."

So, since I was in Kuwait ('94), got a SWASM, wore combat boots ... I'm now a war veteran? Hot Damm!

Now to make up some war stories to tell people.

Posted by basil at June 23, 2006 05:18 AM

basil, thanks for dropping by... I am honored... hmmm, I served (stateside only) during the Vietnam war ... I guess, according to Kos, that makes me as good as Kerry to discuss those issues.

Posted by GM Roper at June 23, 2006 07:25 AM

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