The Wisconsin chapter of the AFL-CIO has released a new television advertisement that highlights portions of a recorded prank call conversation between Gov. Scott Walker and a liberal writer impersonating industrialist David Koch. Note the tiny mention of how the phone call was a set-up:
Since the prank call, the Koch impersonator has been identified as Ian Murphy, a liberal writer from Buffalo, N.Y.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell seemed happy to shine to the limelight on Murphy Wednesday evening during a primetime interview. However, the left should be wary in crowning Murphy as their new hero. Murphy's writings at his Buffalo Beast publication are downright despicable. In one article, titled "F**k the Troops," Murphy unleashes a tirade against American service members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, characterizing them as rapists who "volunteer to murder people."
(Warning: excerpt contains graphic language.)
So, 4000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo fucking hoo. They got what they asked for—and cool robotic limbs, too.
Likely, just reading the above paragraph made you uncomfortable. But why?
The benevolence of America’s “troops” is sacrosanct. Questioning their rectitude simply isn’t done. It’s the forbidden zone. We may rail against this tragic war, but our soldiers are lauded by all as saints. Why? They volunteered to partake in this savage idiocy, and for this they deserve our utmost respect? I think not.
The nearly two-thirds of us who know this war is bullshit need to stop sucking off the troops. They get enough action raping female soldiers and sodomizing Iraqi detainees. The political left is intent on “supporting” the troops by bringing them home, which is a good thing. But after rightly denouncing the administration’s lies and condemning this awful war, relatively sensible pundits—like Keith Olbermann—turn around and lovingly praise the soldiers’ brave service to the country. Why?
What service are they providing? I don’t remember ordering 300,000 dead Iraqis—although I was doing a lot of heavy narcotics back in ‘03. Our soldiers are not providing a service to the country, they’re providing a service to a criminal administration and their oil company cronies. When a mafia don orders a hit, is the assassin absolved of personal responsibility when it’s carried out? Of course not. What if the hit man was fooled into service? We’d all say, “Tough shit, you dumb Guido,” then lock him up and throw away the key.
As a society, we need to discard our blind deference to military service. There’s nothing admirable about volunteering to murder people. There’s nothing admirable about being rooked by obvious propaganda. There’s nothing admirable about doing what you’re told if what you’re told to do is terrible.
Like I said, despicable.
But despite his amazingly radical views, CNN also heaped praise on Murphy Thursday:
Given his new-found popularity in leftist circles for "duping" Gov. Walker, will anyone on the left bother to condemn his disparaging remarks?
Since O'Donnell the first to happily grant Murphy national television exposure, might I suggest he be the first to step forward?