While I hate Malkintented's guts, I will browse her blog to find stories that fall through the crack. This one is a gem.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan could soon be awarded a medal for not doing something, a precedent-setting award that would be given for “courageous restraint” for holding fire to save civilian lives.
My question is, where was this during Vietnam and Iraq? Of course the best way to stop civilian casualties is to not start wars, but that's irrelevant now. Here's MM's take on it:
I’m going to exercise restraint and let you all comment on this one
Oh that's funny, ha ha ha!
But let's quote from the company we keep:
Rush calls it the “Yellow Heart” medal.
Armitageblogger tweets: “It will need to be awarded posthumously almost 90% of the time.”
Yeah, let's implant in a soldier's head that if you refuse to kill civilians, there's a 90% chance you will die. Hmmm, let's see, if someone believes that, what will they do? Will they go for the restraint medal or shoot up the innocent family? It makes me want to puke.
The thing from the American Legion was the worse:
“This was tragic because the overwhelming majority of those who served there tried to prevent innocent casualties. Now, by awarding those who supposedly practice restraint, we would be implying that our heroes who have to fire their weapons are somehow failing in their mission or coming up short. It’s a bad idea and the Pentagon should kill it.”
First you say you oppose innocent casualties, then say the restraint medal is bad. That would be like saying you oppose lynching, but support the KKK.
Because of the company you keep Malkintented, you can go to hell.