Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Monday, January 08, 2007

Iraq War Veteran To Peaceniks: Stop Using U.S. Military Casualties for Political Purposes!

More words of wisdom from Scotty, the 24-year-old United States Marine Corpsman, wounded Iraq War veteran and honored member of my online discussion group, the 9/11 Neocons.

Last time I quoted Scotty, it was in response to San Francisco's anti-military values and this time, it's his response to the anti-war movement's cynical use of U.S. military casualties for their own political purposes. In particular, the candlelight vigils that were held recently to mark the 3000 casualties in Iraq thus far:

As everyone knows by now, 3000 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the war began. Now I'm not using that as some sort of milestone for a protest like some are planning for today. Instead, I wanted to point out the continued commitment of the U.S Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine.

After almost 4 years of war and 3000 deaths, the military keeps meeting and exceeding its goals for new service members. The detractors say that this is in large part due to what they call the "poverty draft," which, in my experience, is for the most part a myth. Even if it was true that someone joined the military because of his or her economic situation, the thought that somehow that is a bad thing is just downright anti-military.

In the end, we have no draft and everyone in the military is a volunteer. So unless these new members of our armed forces and current members have been living under a rock since 9/11, then they know the risks.

So my message to the protesters that hit the streets today is this: Stop using American soldier K.I.A numbers on your stupid banners and propaganda. You really don't care about our fallen soldiers, it's just a number to you that you can use to rail against this country.
I couldn't have said it better myself.


Blogger Lew Waters said...

Another recent and good article along these lines;

Casualty figures a shameful means of manipulation

As I have asked elsewhere, if the left is so worried about the troops dying in war, why aren't they also concerned about Police dying in high crime areas of larger cities?

Both have dangerous jobs and we should be both very thankful and grateful that we have people who willingly place their lives on the line to protect us and our freedoms.

Losing either is a sad event and grief is normal, but at the same time, we need to hold these people in high esteem for their sacrifice for us all.

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Monday, January 08, 2007 8:11:00 PM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

The left love it when soldiers die because they consider it good for their side. They rejoice over every death even though they try to hide it with mock concern.

They can't wait for an ignominious retreat and a loss for the US. That makes them traitors in my book.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007 9:45:00 AM  

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