You Are SO Not Thanked.

9 comments February 27th, 2006at 11:57pm Posted by Eli

Atrios is too kind (and I’m a bit of a whiner). I didn’t actually tip him to the Andy Sullivan column, I just answered his Googly call to arms (or fingers, as the case may be). But now that I’m actually looking at said noxious column, I feel a bit of a rant coming on…

You’re welcome. And as I read this and other Iraqi blogs written by people who lived under a kind of terror that we in the West have no way to understand or truly empathize with, I feel a lump in my throat. I am so proud of the country I was born in and the country I have made my home. I have never been prouder to be an Anglo-American, to have done in our time what so many before us have done – to broaden the possibilities of liberty, to bring hope, to restrain the violent men and evil ideologies that are each generation’s responsibility. The men and women in our armed forces did the hardest work. They deserve our immeasurable thanks. But we all played our part. By facing down the evil, the cowardly and the simply misguided, we have done a great good.

Great. Fabulous. Sure. Whatever. That stuff I bolded? That is precisely what you and your Republican ilk have miserably failed to do in this country. You have, in fact, aggressively pursued the exact opposite. You have enabled and apologized for the violent men and evil ideologies that are destroying our country. You are the the evil, the cowardly, and the “simply misguided,” and you have done a great wrong that may not be righted for decades, if ever.

So fuck you very much.

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Iraq,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War


  • 1. dale  |  February 28th, 2006 at 2:47 am

    i never read the original. my question is: why does he feel the need to make the distinction ‘Anglo-American’ when claiming to be an integral part of the great wave of salvation and righteousness sweeping the world?

  • 2. Eli  |  February 28th, 2006 at 7:30 am

    Must be some kind of “White Man’s Burden” thing…

  • 3. Sherry Pasquarello  |  February 28th, 2006 at 9:56 am

    “anglo-american???!!!” what a , well, i won’t type what i’m thinking.

    but i’m grinding my teeth right now!

  • 4. Eli  |  February 28th, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Actually, I think he may have really been referring to himself specifically, and trying to come up with a cleverer way of saying “British-American”. I may be giving him too much credit, but he’s certainly tone-deaf *at best*.

  • 5. Jesus B. Ochoa  |  February 28th, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    I think he didn’t want to be nixed up with the many 20 year old Marine Lance Corporals from Texas who have died, and who joined up right after high school.

  • 6. Eli  |  February 28th, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    Well, that certainly goes without saying…

  • 7. Anonymous  |  March 1st, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    Yup, ya’ll hit it on the head. By “anglo-american” Sullivan is actually saying he’s never been more proud to be HIMSELF. “But we all played our part” beautifully equates soldiers with nancing pajama bloggers taking photos of themselves in cowboy hats like their Boy Crush Drudge.

    He’s such a scumbag.

  • 8. Robert  |  March 1st, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    Actually, the ‘Anglo-American’ tag makes me think of a rather odd meme that’s been circulating the virtual world lately.

    The idea is, what used to be called the ‘English-speaking world’ (basically the UK, Canada and USA) is the cradle and incubator for all that is Right and Good in the world – and what an awesome and humbling responsibility that is. Those feckless Latins (a term which here encompasses not only Swarthy Sort-of-Americans, but Italian, Spanish and French Europeans), phlegmatic but unstable Teutons, tidy, glum Scandinavians, etc., as well as all lesser breeds without the Law – they don’t know how lucky they are, having us – er, _them_ – running the planet.

    The image of Sullivan on a Kenyan veranda, complete with pith helmet and pink gin, grousing about the ungrateful wogs, is almost irresistable.

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