I don’t know who “David Axe” is either, but he’s a big enough Moran that he deserves an honorary PHD from Harvard.
The tagline of his blog is “We go to war so you don’t have to” which ought to shock the shit out of the Palmetto State because Axe is in Columbia. He wrote a book about ROTC, a institution I am familiar with having taken ROTC in his home state. The reviews of said book were….not good.
Axe seems to have cherry-picked the cadets that he interviewed to back up his obvious anti-war and anti-Army bias. He for the most part bases his book the few cadets who failed, had doubts about the program, felt persecuted, were sub-standard, and or were not respected by the majority of the cadet battalion. I would not argue with wanting to present that side of the story if he had based his book on the majority of cadets. The majority of young men and women were there to learn how to be leaders so that they could simply go and serve their country.
As a current ROTC Professor of Military Science, I was very excited to learn that a book had been written about Army ROTC. I ordered a couple of copies and I and the staff read on, hoping to incorporate the book into our Freshman course. I will say that the book is at least written at the high school / college freshman level, so it has that going for it (and that it can be read in a couple of hours). Unfortunately, Axe does a woeful job in accurately portraying a “Year in the Life” of an ROTC program, and too often intersperses expletive-laden descriptors as color commentary, and throws in the occasional Political-Military opinion into the mix, disrupting the flow of the narrative and turning off many readers in mid-stream.
It was a very quick read, without any weighty intellectualism to slow me down as I tore through this nasty little book. Axe– a writer for the Village Voice, no less– finds a way to work his anti-war sentiment into every crevice of this book while simultaneously failing to accurately capture the spirit and motivation of the young men and women who are preparing to lead the next generation of American Soldiers.
Anyway, in his awesomely titled Calling Out the Blackfive Blog’s Extremist Rhetoric, Axe begins with:
Two years ago in D.C., I had drinks with two founding members of Blackfive, a popular conservative military blog. Jim Hanson, who goes by the handle “Uncle Jimbo” at the blog , pitched me his idea for a private, Internet-based intelligence organization that would use young freelance writers as field agents. With their journalism credentials as cover, the writers would gather data for use by U.S. government agencies.
It was, I said, the worst idea I’d heard in a long time.
I have no idea what was said at this meeting, but let’s assume for the sake of argument that everything Axe says here is true. Um, yeah, dude…. YOU WERE OUT DRINKING WITH JIMBO. If I had a $1 for every bad idea of Jimbos discussed in a bar, I would be on my yacht in Fijian waters enjoying a Mojito with the Olsen twins. Jimbo has more hair-brained schemes before 9am than most octogenarians have had in a life time. He’s Jimbo. The beauty is sticking around until he has a good one, and then pondering whether he isn’t (in fact) the long sought after Missing Link of Darwin.
When I mentioned the incident a second time, I got text messages from one of Hanson’s friends, warning me that Blackfive might be planning some kind of punitive action against me — what, they didn’t say. My response: “Bring it on.” After lots of near misses courtesy of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Al Shabab and the Chadian army, I’m really itching for a stand-up fight.
Yeah man, I also heard they put out a hit on you. They probably posted and facebook’d it. They said they wanted to give you a purple nurple, and that Jimbo was then going to shave the WLF logo into your back hair.
I love the Bushesque “Bring it on.” I mean seriously, this is some brave shit. How many times do you need to go to liveleak and see a video of Jimbo beheading someone before you take it seriously? Oh wait, I’ve been with Jimbo to ANSWER rallies and seen him try to pick up chicks. The dude is the international man of love. My worst fear with Jimbo is I might get a man hug. And if they were going to “come after you” why would they discuss it with Deep Throat?
What a minute….Did this ri-tard just compare Blackfive to “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Al Shabab and the Chadian army.” Holy shit man, as a steward of civic discourse, I think you owe it to tune it down about 50 notches. How many Blackfive authors need to be assassinated by people hopped up on your heated rhetoric before you become a faithful steward of truth, justice, mercy and neighborliness?
All this is to say, Blackfive is not just a tacky blog, it’s actually dangerous — the kind of forum that encourages violence and hatred. Don’t believe me? In a recent post discussing the U.S. national debt, Blackfive blogger “Crush” all but advocated the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.
Yeah, any day now we should be seeing miscreants wearing “Don’t be a DouChe” shirts marauding through the streets of our Capitol screaming “Viva la Blackfive!” and “Blackfive Ackbar” as they march with their pitchforks.
I think the only way to derail this crazy train is with a good defense. Make sure every street in DC has at least one Irish Pub advertising Guinness. Then
brave sir Robin David Axe can call a J-Dam in on them.
Seriously, what’s in the water lately?
BWAHAHAHA: I just got an email from a birdie who was once with Axe on a boat, when he kept introducing himself thusly: “I am David Axe, foreign correspondent.”
David was late, pompous and condescending. Favorite Axe memory? After disdaining Dramamine/Bonine because he was a world traveller/foreign correspondent, Axe was dying and puking in the male blogger stateroom (they couldn’t handle troop berthing like me) right next to the wardroom. He was moaning about the smell of bacon cooking. Mmmmmdelicious bacon. I had extra while I smiled and listened to the pain.
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