Wonders Never Cease
For the rest of you, if you are in or came out of the military as a liberal, it's a shame you didn't learn anything while enlisted. It would have been better had you died in uniform, because at least people could have looked back at your life and knew it served some useful purpose.
My first response to the good "Colnel's" words was to simply delete them. Anybody who would wish death upon my husband over a blog post doesn't deserve to have his voice heard on this site. Nevertheless, I am always hesitant to censor others, regardless of my feelings about their commentary. The more I thought about it, I realized that deleting was not the best option. I prefer to drag this little rat out into the daylight for all to see clearly.
Milo will never say this, but I will. He is a damned fine soldier. Milo is intelligent, respectful, responsible, and capable. Despite his feelings about why he's there and his difficulties with a few of his less-enlightened battle buddies, Milo works hard and gives his best every day. The nature of his job puts the safety of his fellow soldiers in his hands, and he takes that responsibility seriously-- more seriously than some of his young counterparts.
Unfortunately, none of that matters to people like "Col. Scott C. Smith, USMC (ret.)." (I don't think I could roll my eyes hard enough right here to convey my exasparation.) All that matters to him is that Milo is silenced, and fast. This man would rather disrupt military operations than allow him to speak his mind and work in peace. He wants to hassle the Public Affairs Office and guarantee that every member of Milo's already overburdened chain of command has to take time out of their busy day to deal with a stinking blog. These guys work hard day in and day out, and every minute spent on this garbage is a minute not spent on the mission. Take Milo out of the motor pool, and another overworked soldier will have to take on his duties. That crap risks LIVES, because people get sloppy when they have too much work and not enough time to do it. All that because one person doesn't like what Milo has to say.
I sure hope the "Col" is proud of himself. What kind of patriot wishes death on his fellow soldier? What kind of patriot would rather see his brothers in arms dead than holding political beliefs he disagrees with? What kind of patriot would rather disrupt military operations and put lives at risk than allow a soldier to utilize the rights he's supposedly defending? What kind of patriot wishes death on somebody who stares death in the face every single day?
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am proud as hell of Milo. He does a hard job and faces things that I can't even stand to think about. The fact that he doesn't drink the koolaid doesn't detract from what he does, but adds to it. This is a man who disagrees with virtually the entire premise of the conflict he's been ordered into...but he's still out there, working hard to bring his whole unit home safe.
For those who would like Milo to "shut up and do his job," know this-- he's doing his job, and he's doing it well, but he is never going to shut up and I wouldn't have it any other way.