Thursday, August 25, 2005


I call BS on Drudge's "breaking" story:
Wed Aug 2005 24 21:20:05 ET

Anti-war protestors besieged wounded and disabled soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C, a new web report will claim!

CNSNews.com is planning to run an expose on Thursday featuring interviews with both protestors and veterans, as well as shots of protest signs with slogans like “Maimed for a Lie.”

The conservative outlet will post video evidence of the wounded veterans being taunted by protesters, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Developing late...

First of all, the source is CNSnews, which is a right-wing "news" organization anyway. Secondly, this is an obvious (and desperate) attempt to smear anti-war protestors. The right is so scared about Bush's recent poll numbers, and Cindy Sheehan, they are forced to make shit up about protestors attacking wounded soldiers. Don't you think we would have heard about this before? As soon as we see the interviews with the "protestors" and "veterans", background checks on who they really are should take place. I'm willing to bet they are conservative plants. When Rove reads that returning troops are saying things like this, he knows it's smear time:
If there's growing sentiment against the war in Iraq, many area veterans of the fight aren't taking it personally.

Vets see the opposition as a protest against policy, not them or their service.

During the Vietnam War, many returning U.S. troops felt taunted, humiliated and treated with little or no respect. In contrast, today's veterans say they don't encounter animosity from people who don't agree with the U.S. military presence in Iraq.

"I have run into people who don't support the president's views on Iraq or our objectives, but I haven't run into a single person who said (he or she) doesn't support the troops," said Jason Crawford, a Purple Heart recipient who was shot in the face by opposition forces in December 2003 while in Iraq. "I think our society learned from Vietnam that it's not the men and women who sacrifice their lives and signed on the dotted lines who make up the plans and objectives. I think pretty much everyone supports the troops."
I only hope that the MSM can smell the BS, and not get suckered into reporting this story. In addition, if there really are protestors harrasing wounded soldiers, shame on them.


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