Michael Moore wants you to know he's going to stop saying he "supports the troops" — because he doesn't. It's not really news; most of us knew he never did. (Image: AP)
Michael Moore wants you to know he’s going to stop saying he “supports the troops” — because he doesn’t. It’s not really news; most of us knew he never did. (Image: AP)

In the last remaining hours of 2012, the New York Times enlisted a liberal scholar to finally admit the truth — guys like him want to do away with the Constitution. In the past I’ve tried to say that liberal activists loath the constraints the Constitution places upon their utopian goals, and their defenders have insisted that no, that isn’t the case, and that it’s all just a figment of my radical conservative imagination. Louis Seidman’s willingness to publicly admit his disdain for the document makes my job much easier. I can’t thank him enough.

Likewise, for years I’ve talked about liberal activists who hate our military. Regular readers know that my own conversion to the conservative side of the fence started with leftist professors who said: “Only redneck Republican hicks who are happy to get a free pair of boots join the military.” These likely-tenured academics also gave extra credit to go see Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine,” which dovetails nicely into the filmmaker’s New Year’s confession: He doesn’t support the troops.

Numbers four and five on his “to do” list for 2013 are as follows:

4. Stop saying, “I support the troops.” I don’t. I used to. I understand why so many enlisted after 9/11. Sadly, many of them were then trapped and sent off to invade Iraq. I felt for all of them. I understood those who joined because of a lousy economy. But at some point all individuals must answer for their actions, and now that we know our military leaders do things that have nothing to do with defending our lives, why would anyone sign up for this rogue organization?

5. Apologize for No. 4. I have enormous respect for anyone who would offer to sacrifice their life to defend my right to live. Is there any greater gift one can give another? It’s not the troops’ fault they’re sent to invade other countries for dubious reasons and outright lies. It’s OUR responsibility to prevent this, to elect representatives who believe in peace, and to only put our troops in harm’s way when it’s absolutely necessary. My uncle was killed in World War II. Today would have been his 90th birthday. My dad still misses him. Our family has served this country in the military since the Revolutionary War. None of them watch Fox News.

See what Moore does there? He realizes that he can’t directly come out and say that he hates the troops, so he has to add some mealy-mouthed addendum about his uncle’s military service during World War II.

What Michael Moore says at first is that the servicemen who enlisted well into the Iraq War and up to today knew what the mission was and enlisted anyway because on many levels they believed in the mission. But Michael Moore doesn’t believe in the mission. This puts Moore in the position where he desperately wants to make such soldiers “answer for their actions,” (i.e., invading countries “for dubious reasons” or supporting “outright lies”), but he can’t because he doesn’t want to be known as the guy who would have spit all over returning Vietnam Vets decades ago while screaming “baby killer!” So what does he do? He surreptitiously telegraphs that he absolutely despises guys like Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle and Mark Owen (I won’t use Owen’s real name here), before redirecting attention to a safe target — the civilian leaders who ultimately determine where the U.S. military’s might will be used around the globe.

Michael Moore infamously called al Qaeda in Iraq and former Baathist regime thugs “freedom fighters.” Since many of his supporters adhere to the “one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist” mentality, it was hard to nail them down and get them to admit that their idol was rooting for dead American soldiers. But with Moore’s 2013 resolution, the wiggle room for sane adults nears zero.

Thank you for finally admitting to the world in 2013 what some of us veterans always knew, Mr. Moore. It’s refreshing to run across a little honesty from you for a change.

Related: Michael Moore: Let’s stand in front of the Obamacare ‘locomotive’ and see what happens

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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.

6 comments

    1. Michael Moore points out… “My 12 Years of Support for the Troops “
      Before I post my more general thoughts later today or tomorrow about the ruckus of the past week regarding the response to my heartfelt comment on twitter about my uncle who was killed in World War II by a sniper – and how I was taught to despise snipers of any stripe – I would like to address this one insane mantra that the right-wing has twisted my tweet into: “Michael Moore hates the troops.”
      Well, who would know better about hating our troops than those who supported sending them into a senseless war Iraq in the first place?
      And, for 4,482 of them, a senseless, unnecessary and regrettable death.
      If you supported that invasion, if you voted for George W. Bush and the Republicans and Democrats who backed this war, then you are the ones who have some ‘splainin’ to do. Not me. You.
      Because only “haters” of our brave young men and women would recklessly send them into harm’s way for something that had absolutely nothing to do with defending the United States of America. Nothing. Nothing to do with 9/11. Nothing. In fact, WE, the USA, were the ones who provided Saddam with his weapons in the 1980s that he used against the Kurds. We wanted him to use them against the Iranians, but you hand a crazy guy crazy weapons, something crazy is probably going to happen. Ask Osama bin Laden about that — what he did with the crazy training, crazy money and crazy weapons that WE gave him. Oh wait. You can’t ask him. Because the new president took him out. No 150,000 troop invasion necessary. Just 12 or so Navy SEALS and two and a half choppers.*

      *Editor’s note: Read the rest here. Leon, there’s a thing called a hyperlink. Most people use it instead of cutting and pasting entire articles or, as in this case, gigantic Facebook diatribes. I have inserted two links to Michael Moore’s Facebook page for those who want to see the rest of it.

    2. Michael Moore faces a huge backlash after saying nasty things about American snipers like Chris Kyle, and his response is to first come up with an embarrassing tweet denying he said what everyone knows he said…and then to harken back to George Bush. And then he took to Twitter to bash Chris Kyle even more: “What would Jesus do? Oh, I know what he’d do — hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back.”

      What a stand up guy… Michael More only “supports” the troops if they agree with him. For those who don’t, it’s open season for dishing out nasty, despicable remarks.

  1. Keep the troops in harms way; just like the average Republican wants. Thin out the herd. Fight people who couldn’t take over our nation in a million years = insanity.

    If you can quote him saying verbatim that he hates the troops, I will give you $10,000.

    The troops want to come home. They contributed more to Ron Paul than any other candidate. On the flipside, the PARENTS of those troops contributed to Obama and Romney. Two people who had no such interest in bringing the troops home. They hate their own children, LOL!!!!!

    1. Mark,

      Do you really think I care about you making a YouTube site about me? I don’t. There is nothing you can ever do that would bother me. I might shake my head and wonder why you haven’t grown up, but that’s about it. I’m sorry I wasn’t up at 4:16 a.m. Quite frankly, guys who threaten to make YouTube videos are usually of the same genus as those who throw out a long list of expletives. Sometimes it takes awhile for comments to show up. I have a.) a life and b.) a job.

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