"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor—he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation—he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city—he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared." - Cicero, 42 B.C.
Thus opens Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Robert "Buzz" Patterson's latest book, "War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terror" which goes on sale in bookstores and on Amazon.com tomorrow.
I was able to read the advance copy/galley of the book since (1) Buzz is a pal and (2) Blackfive.net is quoted in the book. Other military bloggers, like Dadmanly who spent a year in Iraq, are also quoted in the book.
Now, as many of you know, I will not paint everyone on the left as treasonous and willing to destroy our military and our chances at winning the war. However, you have to admit that there's quite a lot of evidence that many on the left are complicit in not only extolling our mistakes and our losses, but are completely willing to lie and spin to see us lose the most important fight we've ever had. Just take a stroll through the Blackfive "Bust Their Chops" index to see the number of stories about different organizations and *cough* politicians that need to be identified and scorned.
Think of "War Crimes" as one giant Bust Their Chops book. Buzz Patterson researches and documents his proof of his charges against the left. He conducted interviews - a lot from troops in Iraq. And I've scoured over his notes and his passages backing up his claims.
Some of these cases you've known about from us here at Blackfive and other milblogs - like how U.S. troops say their number one frustration has consistently been the media’s horrendous coverage of the war. How “Reputable journalists” have called American soldiers everything from “rapists,” to “murderers,” to “mercenaries who enjoy obscene amenities” ("Hello, Billy Arkin!").
And there's probably quite a bit that you didn't know about - and should know about - detailed in "War Crimes". Por ejemplo, the Boston Globe took the extreme step to carelessly publish completely fraudulent photos showing U.S. troops gang-raping Iraqi women. Guess what? The photos were discovered to be phony and had been surreptitiously submitted by a Nation of Islam representative.
As for organizations, you probably know about International Answer, but did you know about Code Pink sending over $600,000 in supplies and cash to terrorists while our Marines fought with them during the Battle of Fallujah. Did you know that Congressman Henry Waxman facilitated the delivery of supplies through another country to get them into Fallujah? It is all documented in "War Crimes."
Buzz takes on academia, too. Not only is ROTC banned at our Ivy League schools, there have been acts of violence and hatred towards the military on campus at Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Ohio, Stanford, Brown, and Dartmouth.
And, then, there's Hollywood...Buzz goes beyond the obvious manipulation of interviews and facts in movies like Farenheit 9/11 to look at the culture and business of spinning anti-American ideology. Hollywood and the media give many of the far left plenty of cover to keep sniping at our military and our mission.
"War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terror" written by former Clinton military aide and USAF pilot, LtCol (ret.) Buzz Patterson, is well worth your time and money.
For more information, here's the link to an excellent interview at NRO where Kathryn Jean Lopez talks to Buzz about the book.
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