November 08, 2009


More links today.  First from Villainous Company:

Now the Army's largest base has suffered a devastating attack by a deranged Islamist. And how does our Commander in Chief respond? He gives a "shout out" to Joe Medicine Crow, "that noted Congressional Medal of Honor winner".

Tell me something: in a moment of national tragedy, is it really too much to expect that the President of the United States not give "shout outs"? Is it too much ask that he understand the difference between the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Honor? What we require from our leaders at times like this is not much. They don't have to actually care. What we want is precisely the kind of thing that comes easily to Barack Obama: honeyed words and a show of empathy from a man who thinks that quality is the most important attribute a Supreme Court judge can possess. But somehow, asking the Commander in Chief of our armed forces to to give the appearance of empathy even if the actual feeling was not there - was too much.

Americans expect something more from leaders in times of trouble. Grace. Empathy. Inspiration. A sense of gravity. When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded killing 7 astronauts, Ronald Reagan postponed the State of the Union report to address and assuage the nation's shock and mourning.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, was giving shout outs.

And an absolute must-read from JR Salzman about true PTSD:

Sometimes I would just wake up screaming in agony as I relived the moment where my right arm was ripped from my body by an Iranian shape charge.  (I may not know what childbirth feels like, but I know what it's like to go an hour with my arm ripped off without painkillers (I'm allergic to morphine).) [snip] That's what fucking PTSD is like.  At no point in time have I ever felt the desire or need to grab a weapon and go shoot someone or something up.  At no point in time have I ever grabbed a weapon and broken a law because I felt the need to protect myself.  PTSD urges you mitigate the risk of events that happened in your life.  But if you've never had anything traumatic happen in your life, you can't fucking have PTSD. 

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1 I hope and believe that his monumental faux pas was a real "shot out" to many of his true believers about how he really is.  Cold, narcissistic (sp?) and totally out of touch with Americans. I cannot imagine any other president in my lifetime not addressing the massacre before any other thing.

As for the PTSD, shameful, shame on everyone who even thinks that would be his problem.  My son-in-law was in Vietnam and he is totally disabled with PTSD and the whole family has been adversely affected by it. 

And for TT who reads this too, you don't have to comment, Mama already did. ;D

Posted by: Ruth H at November 08, 2009 02:15 PM (CvvEA)

2 The "winner" thing about spun my head around again when I had recovered from my shock at his off-shrugging of the Ft Hood terrorist attack.  Semantics?  Not in this case, by any means.  You win something you work hard for and towards, something you deliberately aim yourself at.  You are awarded a MoH, and the fact that the President doesn't recognize this gives me chills.   Cold chills. 

But then, there's that whole Nobel Prize thing...  I guess if you get a Nobel Prize for doing nothing, you view other things through that lens as well.

Posted by: airforcewife at November 08, 2009 04:05 PM (uE3SA)

3 I'm seriously dumbfounded at his lack of empathy. And absolutely disgusted that he doesn't even have the basic knowledge to know that the CMOH is usually awarded posthumously. Did the White House fire the protocal person to save money or something? I find it hard to believe he would purposely be this much of a dumbass.

Posted by: Mare at November 09, 2009 09:06 AM (HUa8I)

4 It's the "Medal of Honor."

There's no "Congressional" about it.

The medal is approved by the respective secretaries of the service that awards it, and it is awarded by the President.  Congress only authorized the issuing of the medal in general.  They passed a resolution creating the medal, and take no part in awarding it.  Calling it "the congressional medal..." is only correct if every other medal awarded by the services is also called "the congressional medal of X" as in the congressional army achievement medal" as congress has to approve the creation of all awards.

It is the Medal of Honor, it is awarded, not won.  It was awarded much more often prior to the Spanish American War, as it was then the ONLY medal the military had to recognize valor. 

Posted by: Chuck Z at November 11, 2009 08:01 PM (bMH2g)

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