03 May 2005

Aidan Delgado speaks the Gospel according to Sean Penn

By now many of us know who Aidan Delgado is, he is an Army reservist that is telling people ( Most especially the New York Times) that American soldiers in Iraq are barbarians. He accuses them of doing all sorts of banal things to poor Iraqi civilians. The story comes to us from here that bastion of truth and decency the New York Times.

BTW what the hell is up with people named Delgado anyway? I mean first there was Carlos Delgado and his refusal to stand for God Bless America and now this. Back to the point,Aidan Delgado had the following to say about our brave men and women in uniform.

Guys in my unit, particularly the younger guys, would drive by in their Humvee and shatter bottles over the heads of Iraqi civilians passing by. They'd keep a bunch of empty Coke bottles in the Humvee to break over people's heads."

He said he had confronted guys who were his friends about this practice. "I said to them: 'What the hell are you doing? Like, what does this accomplish?' And they responded just completely openly. They said: 'Look, I hate being in Iraq. I hate being stuck here. And I hate being surrounded by hajis.' "

Wow Aidan, it really sounds like you have done your homework on how the left is trying to color the war. Shatter bottles on people's heads? Give me a freaking break, there are two problems with that Aidan, first when were you ever going slow enough in a neighborhood to break the bottle over someone's head. I've been to Iraq and most of the time we were doing 40-60 miles per hour, not going 5MPH so that we could break a bottle on a kid's head. IED's and ambushes kind of dull the enthusiasm for pranks of this sort, you know that whole death thing kind of makes you focus on survival, not a game of "Bean the Iraqi". The second problem with your story is that NCO's and Officers if they are worth their weight would have put a stop to this the very first time it happened. Lack of discipline in the ranks not only hurts morale, it gets people killed. And I can tell you from my own experiences in leadership positions that the last thing a leader wants to do is write a letter home to PFC Snuffy's family because their son was killed while playing a game of grab ass.

Now if you had stopped there Aidan, I might have just believed you were a disgruntled troop, but you had to add this gem:

Mr. Delgado, who eventually got conscientious objector status and was honorably discharged last January, recalled a disturbance that occurred while he was working in the Abu Ghraib motor pool. Detainees who had been demonstrating over a variety of grievances began throwing rocks at the guards. As the disturbance grew, the Army authorized lethal force. Four detainees were shot to death.

Mr. Delgado confronted a sergeant who, he said, had fired on the detainees. "I asked him," said Mr. Delgado, "if he was proud that he had shot unarmed men behind barbed wire for throwing stones. He didn't get mad at all. He was, like, 'Well, I saw them bloody my buddy's nose, so I knelt down. I said a prayer. I stood up, and I shot them down.' "

I'm going to ignore the whole aspect of the Times trying to bash religion and save that for another day, but basically Aidan, you just equated someone following the rules of engagement with murder. In case you were asleep that day at the pre-deployment training, it goes a little something like this. When lethal force is ordered it means do what is neccessary to end the situation up to and including killing those that seek to do you harm. A riot could quickly spiral out of control, and American soldiers could be hurt or killed if they did not resort to lethal force. So basically you are outraged that an fellow soldier killed a rioting prisoner when those orders were given. Orders, by the way, that were given to protect your life and the lives of the other American soldiers at the prison. You know Aidan, you really don't know how to thank a guy for doing something that might have saved your life. Next time instead of going the Jane Fonda route and asking a soldier "are you proud that you're a killer" why not just say "thanks brother, you just did something that was hard and unpleasant, but I am eternally thankful that you did your job." Imagine that Aidan, thanking him instead of trying to play on his emotions for having to take a life, what a quaint concept, no wonder the left doesn't understand this war.


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