I'm putting this here because I haven't seen it on any of my daily read blogs, not even Michelle Malkin.
Here's the quote that Sean Hannity's been playing on his show today:
“Now you have narco drug lords who are helping to finance the Taliban, so we’ve got to get the job done there, and that requires us to have enough troops that we are not just air raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there,’’ Obama said.
Campaign spokesman Reid Cherlin said Obama was not endorsing the current Bush policy, which consists solely of air raids and bombing of civilians.
He's an idiot.
I tend to give Democrats a lot of credit when it comes to troop issues, believe it or not. I know full well how poorly the troops were paid back in the '80s (and how comparatively well they're paid now), and also that it was under Clinton that the updating of WWII-era housing finally began. (The issue of turning most if not all of the housing over to private companies is a whole other subject, though. I'll rant about civilian contractors some other time.)
But there's a reason most soldiers and sailors are Republicans, not Democrats. (And my experience has been that the guys hate the few who are liberals, 'cause apparently they never shut the hell up.) And the short version of why is illustrated with the quote above.
Liberals are a bunch of condescending twits; at least the ones in power. And though there are no few Democratic members of Congress who have children/grandkids/nephews & nieces, etc in the military, this condescension quite often manifests itself in dissing the military. It's well known how true this is even in the case of the Dems who have served: witness Jack Murtha & John Kerry.
According to the guy who gave my husband's pre-separation class, approximately 1% of the US population has served in the military. So you'd think they're a relatively safe group to insult. However, this reads as campaign suicide. If it gets any play at all in the national media, which frankly isn't likely. But most Americans realize that our all-volunteer military (can't emphasize that enough) are by & large a group of stand-up men and women, definitely the sort of folk you want on your side. This isn't going to go over well with the "man on the street."
The only explanation I can even think of for Barack Obama? He was born in Hawaii. I've never lived in a more anti-military state, which is a shame as there have been no small number of brave Hawaiians to serve in our armed forces. But in the time we lived there, there was a sit-in at the University of Hawaii to protest a proposed Navy research facility, and an honest-to-God protest outside the downtown Army recruiters' offices. It's the bluest state in the Union (they are very proud of having legalized abortion in something like 1970), and frankly I am surprised by no anti-military statements coming from the mouth of a Hawaiian. (Some other time I'll go into the problems the local workers caused the shipyard.)
(Totally unrelated story prompted by the above anti-liberal stance of most of the military guys I've known: the first class at the second shop Rob worked for on Pearl Harbor was a liberal and virulently anti-Wal-Mart. Some enterprising young man or men obtained a large number of the Wal-Mart smiley face stickers and started putting them up around the shop just to tick him off. I learned of this when my hubby came home with a yellow sticker on his hard hat.)