Are all milbloggers conservative?
From the perspective of the MSM, anybody who supports victory must necessarily be conservative. Some milbloggers would not be comfortable self-identifying as conservatives, but even fewer would care to be called lefties. It’s not a complement.
Most milbloggers are assumed by the general public to be right-wingers, and that’s a perception the lefties want to create and benefit from. I read a lot of milblogs, and link to them, and consider them to be the key element in CYOP, and some are fairly Republican, some seem Libertarian, a few are definitely Conservative, and a handful tend towards the Kos side of the blogospheric spectrum. Some attempt to be apolitical, but that gets harder and harder with every speech by Dingy Harry or ad from MoveOn.org. Not many blogs recognized by other milbloggers as milblogs have given up on the campaign in Iraq.
Military service is inimical to most of what the Left believes in. Objective truth is not only considered possible, it’s a requirement in the military. Results matter in that environment, and good intentions do not mitigate failure. Multi-culti PC tranzie pomo environmentalist whackos don’t join the all-volunteer military. And that side doesn’t need blogs. They have the MSM. So they are going to be underrepresented in the military arc of the blogosphere.
But the perception that milbloggers are just shills for Dana Perino cannot be allowed to stand. In independence there is credibility.
War supporters should give people enough breathing room to support the war effort without having to endorse the President. Hell, let him be a scapegoat if we can win. Admit what went wrong. Assign blame. There’s plenty to go around. — John Lynch
January, 2009 will see the current C-in-C step down. His replacement will have the power to purge the internet of oppositional content she finds intolerable, especially from active duty milbloggers. It is not too early to begin brainstorming survival strategies. The military will need milbloggers then more than ever.