The sad and often unspoken truth of the matter is this: Americans have been conditioned less to understand Iraq’s complex military reality than to feel sorry for those who are part of it.
The cult of victimhood in American history first flourished in the aftermath of the 1960s youth rebellion, in which, as University of Chicago Prof. Peter Novick writes, women, blacks, Jews, Native Americans and others fortified their identities with public references to past oppressions. The process was tied to Vietnam, a war in which the photographs of civilian victims “displaced traditional images of heroism.” It appears that our troops have been made into the latest victims.
Media frenzies are ignited when American troops are either the perpetrators of acts resulting in victimhood, or are victims themselves. Meanwhile, individual soldiers daily performing complicated and heroic deeds barely fit within the strictures of news stories as they are presently defined.
Fox’s war coverage is less right-wing than it is simply old-fashioned, antediluvian almost. Fox’s commercial success may be less a factor of its ideological base than of something more primal: a yearning among a large segment of the public for a real national media once again–as opposed to an international one. Nationalism means patriotism, and patriotism requires heroes, not victims.
Feeling comfortable with heroes requires a lack of cynicism toward the cause for which they fight.
When a war becomes unpopular, the troops are in a sense deserted.
An army at war and a nation at the mall do not encounter each other except through the refractive medium of news and entertainment.
That medium is refractive because while the U.S. still has a national military, it no longer has a national media to quite the same extent. The media is increasingly representative of an international society, whose loyalty to a particular territory is more and more diluted. That international society has ideas to defend–ideas of universal justice–but little actual ground. And without ground to defend, it has little need of heroes. Thus, future news cycles will also be dominated by victims.
Multi-culti PC pomo tranzie journos have been depriving us of our heroes because they don’t want us to have any. Doesn’t fit their template or support their preferred narrative. The party that profits from victimhood has recently shown it’s true feelings towards the military, yet they are the Majority and hold the power of the purse over every program and can give the kiss of death to any general’s career. This is yet another political battle private citizen surrogates will have to fight on behalf of our apolitical military.
Milblogs have become the interpreters, the interface between the boots on the ground and the folks back home who yearn for heroes. A pitifully small percentage of the American domestic target audience has any worthwhile knowledge of military affairs. Many really would like to know more, and they are relying on the public intelligence system, the Drive By Media, and it is failing them and us miserably.
Because modern American warfare now involves only a very small percentage of the population it has become a kind of spectator sport where the plays are actually called from the stands. One would hope on good information. Yet a news industry whose techniques were adequate to cover traffic accidents, murders or cumbrous wars in which armies moved a few hundred yards a day must now must cover events whose complexion can alter in hours. The difference is that this time there is no low-tech acetate overlay, maps, or timeline in battalion notebook. Battlefield events are still reported like isolated traffic accidents, conveying no sense of spatial location, temporal development or continuity. To the extent that any symbols are plotted on the public mental map, they remain there, hours or days after the information has been updated. Long after it became clear that the attack may not have been an attack on a wedding party at all, the original accusation soldiered on.
Some of us are already engaged in a proxy war within the American domestic target audience, attempting to uphold the values that produce the intelligent, physically fit, committed, PATRIOTIC young American NATIONALISTS this Republic cannot do without if it is to continue as a viable Westphalian nation-state. Our heroes cannot legally do what must be done, and we really don’t want an overtly partisan military. There are polite fictions that must be maintained.
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RightPro-Victory side. – Kralizec, in a comment at Hot Air.