First, an incident of literally spitting in the face of a US soldier. Via Dread Pundit Bluto I read about this disturbing news involving a woman who has been accused of spitting in the face of a Fort Drum soldier:
A Syracuse woman was charged after a Fort Drum soldier accused her of spitting on him without provocation at Hancock International Airport, Syracuse police said.
Lauren Maggi, 35, of 256 Thurber St., was charged with second-degree harassment after the Nov. 22 incident, according to a police report.
Jason Jones, 21, told police a woman he did not know walked up to him near the United Airlines ticket counter, asked him if he was a Fort Drum solider and, when he responded that he was, spat in his face.
A second soldier on the scene supported Jones’ accusation, police said. Maggi offered no explanation for her conduct, police said. She could not be reached for comment tonight.
Some might say “well, at least the number of spitting incidents these days pales in comparison to what routinely happened to our soldiers returning home from Vietnam.” To that I answer “not so.”
Why? Simply put, today’s far left spits on our soldiers in symbolic ways that – in my opinion – are just as bad as literally spitting on them. Like Senator Dick Durbin, who last year compared our troops serving at Gitmo to the Nazis, Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot’s murderous regime – all based on the uncorroborated statements of one FBI agent. Like Senator Ted Kennedy, who shamefully attempted to tarnish the good name of the US military by attributing the actions of a few soldiers at Abu Ghraib with ALL our men and women in uniform when he stated back in 2004: “Shamefully we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management.” Like Rep. Charlie Rangel, now chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, who is notorious for symbolically spitting on our men and women in uniform despite the fact the he himself is a war veteran (Korea). You can find examples of Rangel’s disgusting statments about the military here and here. He voted against a House resolution stating Congressional support for our troops – one week into the war in Iraq and hinted before this year’s elections that he might seek to defund the war in Iraq should Democrats take control of Congress. Like “comedian” Bill Maher, who pulled a Rep. Rangel when he strongly implied that our troops were stupid and uneducated and ‘easy pickings’ for military recruiters: “We’ve done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England (search) fruit, and now we need warm bodies.” Like Senator John Kerry who also insulted the intelligence of our troops – and last year claimed they were terrorizing Iraqi women and children (scroll). Like far left students at UC Santa Cruz, who made clear in near-violent terms how they didn’t want military recruiters on their campus. Like military-haters in San Francisco, who have made it clear that they don’t want anything related to the military in their city – whether it be recruiters, the JROTC, inviting anti-war icon Cindy Sheehan to speak to schoolkids, soon to be-comissioned battleships, or retired battleships.
The list goes on and on.
These people don’t literally spit on our troops because they know they’d rightfully catch hell over it. Instead, they symbolically do so, sometimes with little to no fanfare whatsoever, and it makes them no better than those who literrally do so, like war protesters did during Vietnam and like Lauren Maggi is accused of doing today.
Different wars, different spitting tactics, but the same message: we do not support you.