Sergeant Yance Gray was one of seven sergeants in the 82d Airborne who submitted a letter to the editor of The New York Times. Earlier this week, Gray, along with one of the other authors of the letter, died in Iraq, serving his country. Less than a week after Yance Gray's death in Iraq, a prominent Montana Republican, Republican broadcaster Dave Rye, launched a vicious attack on Gray, claiming Gray wasn't smart enough, along with his six friends, to write the letter to the editor:
Dave Rye Says:See that little rhetorical maneuver at the end? Mr. Rye writes something tremendously offensive and "liberals" are to blame if they become outraged.
September 13th, 2007 at 10:08 am
Pardon my skepticism, and certainly no disrespect for the dead Montana soldier, but in my time in the Army I never heard such a word as “recalcitrant” escape the lips of any Staff Sergeant. I doubt if it’s spoken all that much in Ismay, either.
The soldiers had the help and probably the encouragement of a writer with an agenda, from a newspaper which has always had one. Its continually declining circulation now mainly consists of those who want desperately to consider themselves sophisticated as well as compassionate, even if that means always branding the U.S. as the chief villain on the world stage—-in fact, especially if it does.
I await the inevitable onslaught from outraged liberals. (Is there any other kind?)
But Rye's flippant and insulting remark reveals a great deal about what top Republicans think about the ordinary men and women who serve this nation.
H/T: Daily Kos and Intelligent Discontent.