Last month, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Venable had this to say regarding the use of white phosphorus by our military:
"The combined effects of the fire and smoke - and in some case the terror brought about by the explosion on the ground - will drive them out of the holes so that you can kill them with high explosives."
What's that he said? Did Lt. Col. Venable accuse our troops of being terrorists? How unpatriotic! Nevermind that our troops were ordered by the Pentagon to drop chemical weapons in and amongst civilian populations, just like our former ally Saddam. But we're the United States, so we don't count.
This past weekend, John Kerry said something similar on CBS's Face the Nation:
"There is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children..."
I'm not one to defend Kerry lately, but he's exactly right. They shouldn't, should they? Or should they? Either way, the White House's right-wing propagandists ripped Kerry a new a-hole today. And, coincidentally, they used white phosphorus to do so. Because they can.
Yet when Lt. Col. Venable made this statement to the BBC where was the queue of Republican pundits (who never served in the military) to call into question his support of the troops?
On November 16, 2005 when the Venable white phosphorus story broke, Bill O'Reilly's show featured rants about sex offenders (no mention of loofas or falafels), evil charities, and Jeff Foxworthy. The same evening, Joe Scarborough blasted away at that 37-year-old woman from Georgia who married a 15-year-old boy. Hannity discussed border security and whether serial rapists should be allowed to make money from their artwork -- blowing the lid off the artistic rapist conundrum. Not one of them condemned their fellow Pentagon spokesman for using a foreign news source to accuse our troops of being terrorists.
Then again, if you examine his statement, Venable actually accused our explosions of being terrorists. Never mind.