I saw this on Archy first, but now I see that Digby and Atrios have picked it up, too.
In the comments on this post on the Poor Man, somebody wrote this comment:
"# Floyd Alvis Cooper Says:I don't know is this a Perfect Troll, a Perfect Ironic-Man, or a Perfect Moron, but go and read comments that respond to this Flloyd person and his defensive responses to them. Also, read what Archy and Digby say, so I don't have to repeat it here. And then, as they suggest, copy and paste this comment on yoru blog as a "meme" to spread around.
August 14th, 2005 at 3:15 am
I know this isn’t going to popular on this website, but may I just point something out?
A soldier’s #1 job is to stay alive. If you die, you can’t accomplish the mission, and you weaken your team and put your buddies in danger.
Obviously Sheehan’s son, I forget his name at the moment, didn’t die on purpose, and he may well have have had no control over the circumstances that let to his death.
In war, there are no excuses. You find a way to stay alive, whatever it takes — if you’re a good soldier. Sheehan’s son didn’t do that. He paid the price. but he als failed the mission and let down his buddies.
As a soldier, he was a failure. He was brave (maybe), but he was also incompetent.
So, really, how much exactly are we supposed to grieve over this guy? Isn’t a certain amount of disapproval in order for the guy — and by extension his mom, for making such a fuss over a person who was, in the last analysis, by definition a loser?
So shouldn’t Mrs. Sheenhan be showing a little more shame about the situation and maybe not wanting to get her son and his shortcoming splashed all over the media?
Something to consider, anyway."