In Defense of Dana Loesch

She happens to be right, after all:

After playing a news clip describing the video, Loesch said, “I’d drop trou and do it too. That’s me, though. I want a million cool points for these guys.” She wondered why there was any kind of scandal surrounding the incident.

“C’mon people, this is a war,” she said. “Do I have a problem with that as a citizen of the United States? No, I don’t.”

Not about the “million cool points” the people who desecrate corpses deserve, or about how she would do it, too (anybody predicting how he or she would react in that situation is a liar; you have no idea), or about how pissing on corpses is somehow anything but offensive and filming it so as to brag to the world isn’t catastrophically stupid. But about how this is a war.

This is a war. Andthis. Andthis. Andthis.

This is a war.

This is a war.

And it’s not that this is a war, and we should be okay with any sickness that comes out of it. There are reasons, after all, that we have rules about safe conduct and treatment of prisoners and enemies, good reasons.

But this is a war, and we should know before we start that sickness like this WILL come out of it. You start a war, which means you take people, not all of whom are geniuses, not all of whom are decent and compassionate and capable of restraint, and you throw them into a horror unlike anything they’ve ever known. It is not excusing them, in the least, to understand what happens then.

You march them through charnel houses and you kill their friends in front of them, and in the case of our current conflicts you add a sense of futility and endlessness and obliviousness on the part of people at home who are making movies about this stuff like it’s over already, and even some of the decent, compassionate, restrained ones are going to absolutely lose their shit.

This is a war. Which is why you don’t start them in the first place. Which is why you don’t start them unless you absolutely have to. Unless you know you have no other choice. Unless you know how to end them as quickly as possible. Unless you’re ready not only for what will be done to your enemies, but what doing that will do to you. Unless you think you can carry that, because you sure as hell can’t prevent it all.

That’s not what Loesch meant, but it is what she said, however unintentionally.

This is a war.


5 thoughts on “In Defense of Dana Loesch

  1. I remember Jonah Goldberg writing “Let’s give war a chance” or something like that just before the Iraq invasion, probably with a little smirk on his face, and no idea at all of what combat’s really like…in contrast, someone who was deployed in the first Iraq war described to me in pretty graphic detail some of the carnage he saw…and this was a relatively “easy” conflict for the US forces.

  2. And as our success in the war depends on the cooperation of the citizenry (even GWB said so), how does pissing them off help our cause – or is it an act of treason which will incite more violence against the troops? Next time there is an IED or suicide bomber, ask how much this incident helped the other side recruit the perpetrator.
    And from the get go of the “war on terror” – being at war requires lowering our moral standards to the point of doing injury to ourselves. We now have the predictable cases of physically and mentally impaired vets. We excuse horrendous insults against other people. We are firmly entrenched in Afghanistan and not likely to leave due to a turbulent relationship with Pakistan.

  3. Oh, should have added, how come we don’t pay attention when the terrorist is a returning vet? Look at the killing of a park ranger in the Northwest.

  4. I don’t know why people are so shocked and surprised by this. The same things happened in Vietnam. Our glorious adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan are the same kind of “no-front” war, just moved to the Middle East.
    If you knew anything about the Vietnam war, it was easy to see that the day would come when these type of things would happen in the GWOT. But of course, the war in Vietnam was more than five years ago, so–by American lights–it was ancient history, and who cares about that?

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