I'm not a soldier, but I play one in video games. If there is one thing countless hours spent in such shooters as Call of Duty, Battlefield, Arma, and Red Orchestra have taught me its that soldiers are most definitely NOT wimps or cowards. I mean, as much as the media likes to constantly say that the FPS genre teaches kids that war is fun, the truth of the matter is that anyone - kid or otherwise - who has spent a few hours in a shooter quickly learns that warfare, particularly modern warfare, is deadly business, a message quite distinct from Hollywood and its action movies where the hero never gets much more than a flesh wound - I'm looking at you, Expendables 2. It is for this reason that I have always believed that the modern shooter is probably the greatest tool for promoting peace the world as ever seen. Video gamers have seen the virtual horrors of war and have no desire for it to play out in real life.
It is for this reason that real life soldiers, particular those Special Op folks who often sneak behind enemy lines and do the impossible, have my utmost respect. So why does the American Left hate them so?
Regardless of the reason, even if I ever did take a dislike to military operators one thing I would never do is call them cowards. For one, it is a ludicrous suggestion. For another, that is the type of thing that causes you to wake up inside of a dumpster behind the local Applebees, usually with two black eyes and broken jaw no less. Needless to say, your risk doubles when you call Spec Ops cowards.
Yet that is exactly what the criminal front group Media Matters senior fellow Eric Boehlert said about some CIA types and special operators who expressed their grave concern over the Obama administration's incensant leaking about the Usma bin Laden raid via this documentary:
Specifically, Boehlert said in a tweet:
#kindalame former Navy SEALs don’t have guts to admit they’re running a GOP, anti-Obama campaign; http://nyti.ms/N2nYYj ”
Wow. Calling a SEAL gutless. Does it get lower than this?
According to the Daily Caller:
Sonny Bunch, managing editor for the Washington Free Beacon, wrote on Twitter, ”Dear God: All I ask before I die is that you let me witness Eric Boehlert call a Navy SEAL a coward to his face.”