I wasn’t long out of the military when a college professor told my classroom that, “only redneck Republican hicks who are happy to get a free pair of boots enlist in the military.” I’ll never forget it. It was my first introduction to the anti-Americanism that pervades college campuses, but it wouldn’t be the last.

  • There was the guest speaker who told his audience our troops (my friends) in Afghanistan purposefully shot at civilians.
  •  There was the extra credit for Michael Moore films and anti-war protests.
  • There was my wife’s Muslim professor, Fadwa El Guindi, who said while we were at USC that Osama bin Laden was misunderstood in our time, just as Jesus was misunderstood in His.
  • At American University for my Masters in Political Science I had a professor tell me I was “too political,” even though he saw nothing political in his statement that the U.S. military only destroys things. He saw nothing political in his morally relativistic speeches that all came to the conclusion that we were perhaps no better than terrorists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and across the globe.

And so, I am never surprised when liberals like Jordan Zakarin squat at the first opportunity they can to take a dump on our military men and women, the Pentagon and anyone who dares to portray the American soldier as anything other than a PTSD case waiting to happen.

The good guys have yet to suffer a single casualty until, suddenly, one of its leaders takes a rocket to the chest. The audience cringes, but the bang never comes — the rocket clangs to the ground, unexploded, and the battle rages on.

The upcoming film “Act of Valor” is replete with that kind of action, but there are a few things it doesn’t have: There are no corrupt officers, no damaged heroes, no queasy doubts about the value of the mission or the virtue of the cause.

That’s because “Act of Valor” was born not in Hollywood, but in the Pentagon. It was commissioned by the Navy’s Special Warfare Command and its success will be measured not in box-office receipts, but in the number of new recruits it attracts to the Navy SEALs.

God forbid a high school kid gets a glimpse into the life of a Navy SEAL and wants to become one. Heaven help us if the kind of honor and integrity and moral certainty displayed by guys like U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle gets the silver screen treatment. Liberals like Zakarin are only happy when Matt Damon is signing up for the next Green Zone, or another cynical anti-war screenplay  gets the green light.

To the writers at The Huffington Post, if you go to see openly patriotic movies you’re just an unwitting pawn in the Pentagon’s Hollywood-sized psy-ops.

“This may be the U.S. armed forces’ first feature-length recruiting film, but it’s far from the first time unsuspecting audiences have been treated to Pentagon propaganda at the movies. As early as 1927, when military assistance on the film “Wings” helped it win Best Picture at the first Oscars ceremony, the Department of Defense has long maintained its own production office that offers filmmakers the latest in arms and high-tech vehicles at cut-rate prices — as long as their scripts are deemed worthy,” (emphasis added).

Got that? Anti-war movies never have an agenda that they’re trying to get over on “unsuspecting” audiences. The next time you see a movie that portrays American soldiers as ignorant boobs, war mongers, drugged out loons or racists, you shouldn’t worry for a moment that perhaps there’s a hidden motive. Never mind liberal guys like George Clooney, who once bankrolled Section Eight Productions, churned out left-friendly movies like Syriana…

Before Act of Valor exits the theaters, I plan on seeing it. Like The Expendables, it’s probably a film you should see for the weapons alone. If the acting is stiff you should cut the SEALS some slack, since they don’t teach acting in BUDS. But what you should never do is preemptively cast aspersions on a movie just because the characters weren’t inspired by John Kerry’s Congressional testimony on Vietnam.

Our Navy SEALS have just found out what it’s like to be ambushed—by liberalism. Like always, my money is on the SEALS.

Update: Check out Hotair’s reviews here and here.

The Huffington Post is upset that the Pentagon doesn’t like to work with an industry that habitually casts U.S. soldiers as baby killers, PTSD victims, or racists. The Navy Seals should look at negative reviews from liberal rags as a badge of honor. Here’s hoping to a successful opening weekend for Act of Valor.
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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

7 comments

  1. Oh baby I loved this essay, perhaps the best pound for pound I’ve enjoyed on your blog. Nice work. The catalog of Liberal university treason is breathtaking on its own, but then the shredding of Liberal double-standards is perfectly done and brings home a total joy ride.

    1. Ha! Well, this one kind of hit home for me. It was hard to try to control my emotions, so the compliment means a lot.

  2. I seen it on a Friday night and it was very emotional for me, because a friend of mine was a seal. I cryed during the last half of the movie. I plan on seeing it again very soon.

  3. Although this article was from a few years ago, I was intrigued. As a prior enlisted man in one service, commissioned into another, I wish I had gotten to know more like yourself, both in the enlisted ranks and [especially] in the officer corps. You are well spoken, and while the world is inherently biased from a duality standpoint, I hope you keep writing for the public. It may help others, both in and out of uniform, understand that underneath the oil-stained coveralls or ragged BDUs and kit, there are men both strong in mind and body who don’t just do things to go “bang-bang” – even if that is part of the adrenaline allure. Well, that and being part of a brotherhood. And because you mentioned Chris Kyle, once again, RIP, and there’s a place for you in Valhalla, brother.

    1. It may help others, both in and out of uniform, understand that underneath the oil-stained coveralls or ragged BDUs and kit, there are men both strong in mind and body who don’t just do things to go “bang-bang” – even if that is part of the adrenaline allure. Well, that and being part of a brotherhood.

      You are quite well spoken yourself, Dizoh. Ever think of starting up a blog. 😉

      Thank you for your service, thank you for taking the time to read and comment and thank you for the kind words. I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned brotherhood. Although I served in the 90s…I have never been able to duplicate the closeness that I had with the men I worked with in the service. How rare is it to trust a man with your life? How rare is it to know for a fact that he would have your back in the worst situation imaginable? The military wasn’t perfect — no profession is — but I served with honorable men. I’ll continue to defend them and those that follow until the day I die.

      Thanks, again.

  4. Eh, too sensitive. I’m fairly “liberal” (whatever the hell that even means anymore with how much y’all use it as a catch-all) but I liked both “Act of Valor” AND “Green Zone”. Why? Because both movies portrayed highly professional troops getting it done. Any weird “conspiracy” and foreign affairs stuff in “Green Zone” was depicted as being orchestrated so high above the guys putting boots on the ground that it’s a complete stretch to even front here like the movie was disrespectful to troops (it wasn’t – Damon acted like a professional and his unit was competent). I liked Act of Valor because it didn’t weigh itself down with too many plot points, it was fast and agile and depicted men with a lot of focus and integrity executing on ops that can’t fail.

    So really, here’s where I come out – lots of “liberals” respect troops and support them and it’s way, way boring and old at this point to keep fronting this fiction like you guys are the only people out there who give a rat’s ass about this stuff. Stop confusing wackjobs with regular middle class Dem voters, it’s not accurate and it’s getting tired to see people shouting down all these strawmen. You guys have no monopoly on this, the people that piss you off are stupid, not “liberal”, let’s all move the hell on and get away from the cheeseball overused labels. It’s tired.

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