“...Anthony H. Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it is difficult to talk about the war given its unpopularity, impending defense cuts by Congress and several recent pessimistic assessments of the war’s course….”
Last Thursday, Mitt Romney became the first GOP nominee in The Pink Flamingo’s lifetime not to mention our military or national defense in his acceptance speech. It was perhaps the GOP’s greatest moment of shame in the long and proud history of a once glorious party. Now, though, it is a dying elephant, murdered by the likes of small-minded men like Mitt Romney who have all but ignored our soldiers in the field. Neither did Paul Ryan. Our military was mentioned ONLY 4 times during the GOP convention. It was never mentioned by Romney nor Ryan.
“...It’s rather surprising that it was mystery-guest actor Clint Eastwood — not Mitt Romney — who made the only reference to the war in Afghanistan during the final night of the GOP (Grand Old Party) convention last week. Commentators on both the right and the left have taken the Republican presidential nominee to task for not addressing a nearly 11-year-old conflict in which roughly 90,000 US troops are currently engaged and more than 2,000 have died. In fact, the so-called “forgotten war” was only mentioned four times during the three-day Republican convention (the word “jobs,” by contrast, was uttered 220 times)….”
John Kerry rightfully, and embarrassingly castigated Mitt Romney for not mentioning our troops. This is the very real problem with what Mitt Romney and his GOP has done. By refusing to, or forgetting to acknowledge our troops, refusing to thank them, then by the GOP refusing to even own up to his dastardly error, we’ve completely lost the moral high ground here.
“...And let me say something else. No nominee for president should ever fail in the midst of a war to pay tribute to our troops overseas in his acceptance speech. Mitt Romney was talking about America. They are on the front lines every day defending America, and they deserve our thanks….”
Well…. Romney did address the American Legion convention.
Ronald Reagan believed in supporting our military.
“...For example, Mr. Carter says he supports the volunteer army, but he lets military pay and benefits slip so low that many of our enlisted personnel are actually eligible for food stamps. Re-enlistment rates drop and, just recently, after he fought all week against a proposal to increase the pay of our men and women in uniform, he helicoptered to our carrier, the U.S.S. Nimitz, which was returning from long months of duty. He told the crew that he advocated better pay for them and their comrades! Where does he really stand, now that he’s back on shore?
I’ll tell you where I stand. I do not favor a peacetime draft or registration, but I do favor pay and benefit levels that will attract and keep highly motivated men and women in our volunteer forces and an active reserve trained and ready for an instant call in case of an emergency…It is the responsibility of the president of the United States, in working for peace, to insure that the safety of our people cannot successfully be threatened by a hostile foreign power. As president, fulfilling that responsibility will be my number one priority.
We are not a warlike people. Quite the opposite. We always seek to live in peace. We resort to force infrequently and with great reluctance-and only after we have determined that it is absolutely necessary. We are awed-and rightly so-by the forces of destruction at loose in the world in this nuclear era. But neither can we be naive or foolish. Four times in my lifetime America has gone to war, bleeding the lives of its young men into the sands of beachheads, the fields of Europe and the jungles and rice paddies of Asia. We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong, but when they are weak. It is then that tyrants are tempted….”
George W. Bush 2004 speech:
“…One thing I have learned about the Presidency is that whatever shortcomings you have, people are going to notice them and whatever strengths you have, you’re going to need them. These 4 years have brought moments I could not foresee and will not forget. I’ve tried to comfort Americans who lost the most on September the 11th, people who showed me a picture or told me a story so I would know how much was taken from them. I’ve learned firsthand that ordering Americans into battle is the hardest decision, even when it is right. I have returned the salute of wounded soldiers, some with a very tough road ahead, who say they were just doing their job. I’ve held the children of the fallen, who are told their dad or mom is a hero but would rather just have their mom or dad. I’ve met with the parents and wives and husbands who have received a folded flag and said a final goodbye to a soldier they loved.
I am awed that so many have used those meetings to say that I’m in their prayers and to offer encouragement to me. Where does that—strength like that come from? How can people so burdened with sorrow also feel such pride? It is because they know their loved one was last seen doing good, because they know that liberty was precious to the one they lost. And in those military families, I have seen the character of a great nation, decent, idealistic, and strong.
The world saw that spirit 3 miles from here when the people of this city faced peril together and lifted a flag over the ruins and defied the enemy with their courage. My fellow Americans, for as long as our country stands, people will look to the resurrection of New York City and they will say, “Here buildings fell. Here a nation rose.”
We see America’s character in our military, which finds a way or makes one. We see it in our veterans, who are supporting military families in their days of worry. We see it in our young people, who have found heroes once again. We see that character in workers and entrepreneurs, who are renewing our economy with their effort and optimism. And all of this has confirmed one belief beyond doubt: Having come this far, our tested and confident Nation can achieve anything….”
John McCain’s 2008 speech was a homage to the military.
Barack Obama mentioned our troops and foreign policy in his acceptance speech. Mitt Romney ignored them.
“…And tonight, we pay tribute to the Americans who still serve in harm’s way. We are forever in debt to a generation whose sacrifice has made this country safer and more respected. We will never forget you. And so long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known.
When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you’ve served us because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they need when they come home….
I think about the young sailor I met at Walter Reed hospital, still recovering from a grenade attack that would cause him to have his leg amputated above the knee. Six months ago, We would watch him walk into a White House dinner honoring those who served in Iraq, tall and 20 pounds heavier, dashing in his uniform, with a big grin on his face; sturdy on his new leg. And I remember how a few months after that I would watch him on a bicycle, racing with his fellow wounded warriors on a sparkling spring day, inspiring other heroes who had just begun the hard path he had traveled. He gives me hope.
I don’t know what party these men and women belong to. I don’t know if they’ll vote for me. But I know that their spirit defines us. They remind me, in the words of Scripture, that ours is a ”future filled with hope…”
This is a disaster. The Democrats now have the moral high ground. The GOP was once the party of red, white, blue, and support our troops. Now, we are being told, as was The Pink Flamingo, that we needed to support the troops privately. They know how we feel. It is not good form to be so outrageously patriotic. The Pink Flamingo heard a news cast, don’t remember which channel, where our troops in danger were absolutely shocked and dismayed when neither Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryan had the basic decency to simply thank them.
If Barack Obama had ignored them, you would hear no end to the castigation from the Right. Instead, now, we hear nothing but static. With the exception of Bill Krystol, NO OTHER LEADING CONSERVATIVE bothered to hold Mitt Romney to account.
How dare they?
Instead, they played nasty, celebrating empty chair day. I gather it didn’t matter than the creator of empty chair day was a humiliating embarrassment for the GOP, by slamming our brave heroes in uniform.
Right now, I no longer want to hear or see one conservative or Republican pretend to be supportive of our troops, when they don’t have the grace to stand up and say that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were wrong. Until they do that, the elephant is on life support.
As for The Pink Flamingo, after Friday, and the lies that were told about Barack Obama in El Paso, and the wretched behavior of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, I’m voting for Barack Obama. Never in my life have I voted for a Democrat. Right now, after listening to Obama’s speech on Friday, he sounds like a Neo-Con to me. He gave a speech I have heard George W. Bush give.
The Pink Flamingo believes in supporting our troops and our country. Evidently the Republican Party, under the leadership of Mitt Romney, does not. Until they repair their behavior, they’ve lost my vote, my support, and my respect.
Not one “stalwart” conservative: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michael Medved, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Michelle Malkin, Breitbart, Erick Erickson, you name it … etc, etc…. has stood against Romney and his failure to support our troops. So much for “conservative”. They’re nothing but a bunch of liberal, anti-war, jerks, every damn one of them. You’ve lost my respect. You will never have it again.