Matthews Speaks the Truth

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December 2, 2009 | Comments

Last night, following the President’s speech to the cadets of West Point, where he announced a troop increase in Afghanistan and his timeline for extraction of those troops, Chris “the tingler” Matthews was left a bit perplexed. In his brilliant analysis of the speech, Matthews referred to West Point, the academy that since 1802 has trained the officers of our United States Army, as “the enemy camp.”

Of course as we all know by now, Matthews was simply speaking the truth as he sees it — and as he sees his President. As far as he is concerned, he and the President are joined at the hip in their view of the military and this war, one and the same, simpatico, paisons.

“I didn’t see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there that the President chose to address tonight,” chirped Matthews post-speech. “He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case…I thought it was a strange venue.”

I’m sure you did, Chris. Why, you must wonder, would anyone of your shared mindset venture onto the grounds of an institution, an enemy camp, so steeped in history, heritage, sacrifice and liberty? Why on earth would el presidente choose such “a strange venue” for so important a bombshell?

Probably a pretty frightening venue, too, for Chris and his ilk, who like to believe that everyone of any value shares their views. But they don’t. And last night those who don’t apparently let Matthews know – in droves – that they did not appreciate his bashing West Point and its cadets. And today, after receiving what he described as “tough calls from parents of cadets and former cadets,” Matthews apparently decided that damage control – a.k.a. career preservation — trumps truth. “I said something that is just not right,” he told whoever was watching him tonight. “…For that, I deeply apologize.”

But what he said was right – for him, anyway, and, I suspect, for the President who tingles him, as well. We know neither of them understands those unique souls who devote their lives to the defense of us and our country. They suspect them. They fear them. And they regard their turf as hostile territory.

Indeed how disheartening to imagine that the Commander-in-Chief of the United States would regard an American military academy as an “enemy camp” – and that we would expect him to regard it that way. But, unfortunately, the evidence is pretty clear. This President has never shown a great love or respect for the military, he has admittedly referred to them as a great photo-op, and he waited months to move on Afghanistan while 116 of our troops died waiting for him to make a decision.

Last night, Mr. Matthews, when you uttered those words “enemy camp,” we weren’t surprised at all. And now, for whatever reason, be it advice from your agent, orders from the NBC brass, or the fallout from the families with kids in harm’s way protecting your right to bash them and their families, you have apologized. Too little, too late, I say. Some words, some truths, just can’t be erased with an apology. Nor should they be. We know you were just speaking the truth as you see it. And that is very sad.

Betsy Siino | Comments