Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Latest Right Wing Meme

I first saw this picture at Little Green Footballs.

Today, Michelle Malkin has picked up the ball.

"Few have challenged the Pentagon's decision to let admitted
illegal aliens
--some using illegal fake
-- join the armed forces."

Talk about a stretch. Gangs in the armed forces are more evidence of an illegal immigrant takeover? Is it any surprise that both LGF and Malkin choose to focus on the Latino gang tags?

When I first saw this story, I was reminded of a conversation I had with friend who was a naval aviator. He had just returned from his first tour of duty on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier with over 8,000 personnel. When asked about the experience, he responded that it was just like living in any small town. There were incidents, crimes and gangs. He actually used the term gangs. He said there were parts of the ship that even the Captain would not visit unless accompanied by armed guard due to the presence of criminal elements.

Despite the John Wayne fixation of some, the military is just like every other large organization. Some really good people, some really bad people and a whole lot of in between.

Based on my conversations with my friend, I'm pretty sure there are gangs in the military. Latino gangs, black gangs, white gangs and every combination. If we want to have a conversation about gangs and crime in the military, good. It is a subject worthy of study and concern.

But what we have here is nothing more than cherry picked information used to propogate xenophobic, paranoid, "the reconquistas are here to take over the country" proproganda.

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