No eighteen cents for the troops

| August 27, 2013

ROS sends us a link to a Salon article in which some dainty-smelling fellow, Steven Salaita, pontificates about why we shouldn’t say we “support the troops”, all because the stingy little shit didn’t want to donate the 18 cents left over from his purchase to “the troops”. Obviously, the gentleman is too young to remember the years after the Vietnam War, when supporting the troops that returned from that war opened people up to ridicule. Somehow Salaita conflates supporting the troops to supporting corporate glut.

In recent years I’ve grown fatigued of appeals on behalf of the troops, which intensify in proportion to the belligerence or potential unpopularity of the imperial adventure du jour.

In addition to donating change to the troops, we are repeatedly impelled to “support our troops” or to “thank our troops.” God constantly blesses them. Politicians exalt them. We are warned, “If you can’t stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.” One wonders if our troops are the ass-kicking force of P.R. lore or an agglomeration of oversensitive duds and beggars.

Such troop worship is trite and tiresome, but that’s not its primary danger. A nation that continuously publicizes appeals to “support our troops” is explicitly asking its citizens not to think. It is the ideal slogan for suppressing the practice of democracy, presented to us in the guise of democratic preservation.

I wonder if he’d feel the same way if the store clerk had asked him to donate his change to support lesbian witches for abortion. I wonder if he’d just as proudly told the store clerk “No, thank you” if asked to support the homeless fish mongers of the Sahara and then yak about it incessantly in the pages of Salon mostly trying to justify his niggardly denial of eighteen friggin’ cents to himself.

Ya know what? I don’t even want little Stevie, anti-corporation, anti-troops, anti-whatever to support the troops or anyone else he doesn’t want to support. I could give a tiny rats ass and the troops are probably better off without his whopping eighteen cents. I just want him to shut up about it, because he comes across as less than a man and it makes me feel sorry for his son who won’t grow up with a male role model. I hope his son rebels against his effeminate father, joins the Rangers and excels at kicking ass on some foreign enemy and then comes home safely. Then we’ll see how much Stevie “supports the troops”. Because it has to come from somewhere and right now Stevie is empty.

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  1. Ex11B20now FD.LT says:

    Whiny douche

  2. MGySgtRet. says:

    Stevie won’t have a son. Homo’s cannot reproduce.

  3. Combat Historian says:

    Salon, HA! I assume any male who writes for Salon is by definition a whiny needy effeminate douchebag…

  4. NHSparky says:

    The article also had him pondering whether or not to buy a FourLoko for the ride home…with a 16-month old child in the car. Pretty much tells me all I need to know about the miserable shitstain right there.

  5. NR Pax says:

    Pretty much explains his bitchiness.

  6. Jonn Lilyea says:

    I’ll bet his cat is named “Che”.

  7. headhuntersix says:

    I can’t get the comments section to load….so I’ll just post here. I’m going to assume a few things about this guy, just like he assumed his 18 friggen cents was really headed for Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics or whoever, instead of Soldiers Angels or Wounded Warrior project. I assume he questions his manhood every time he sees a donation jar. I assume he wishes deep down inside he joined at 18 instead of exploring his feminine side with his college roommate. I’ll assume that he’s a colossal pansy who won’t let his child play contact sports. Where do these people come from. And Salon…great job giving this assbag a platform.

  8. Flagwaver says:

    Hey, hey, hey… lesbian witches for abortion do some real good with the urban youth!

  9. headhuntersix says:

    Bio…..Nice dog…this guy is one step away from handing out towels in a San Fran bath house. Who the hell admits owning a bichon frise?

    Steven Salaita is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech.

    He is the author of six books and writes frequently about Arab Americans, Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, and decolonization. His current book project is entitled Images of Arabs and Muslims in the Age of Obama.

    Steven grew up in Bluefield, Virginia, to a mother from Nicaragua (by way of Palestine) and a father from Madaba, Jordan. He now lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with his wife, bichon frise, and orange tabby.

  10. Nik says:

    Does anyone particularly want this whiny puke’s support?

  11. smoke-check says:

    Flowery language and bombastic paragraphs must mean he knows what he is talking about.

  12. 68W58 says:

    So, one of his books is “Anti-Arab Racism in the USA” and another is “Modern Arab American Fiction” in which, I am sure, he excerpts heavily from his other work.

  13. David says:

    Sad that someone who is presumably college-educated and should be a rational adult cannot distinguish between the political creation of foreign policy and those who, for better or worse, carry it out. I hope he understands Arab culture, as he claims, better than he does American.

  14. Nik says:

    I hope he understands Arab culture,

    I’d fully support getting him a one-way ticket to some place like Afghanistan so he can put into practice what he knows and gets the opportunity to learn more.

    So long as he was permanently barred from returning.

  15. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome to the liberal Northwest!

  16. Just an Old Dog says:

    Sounds like he wasted four years majoring in Women’s studies and is now a pissed off Barista at a coffee shop.
    Typical libtard, saying that “supporting the troops” equates to being mindless sheep, backing all the moves our administration.
    There are thousands of people who support Wounded Warrior funds and veteran’s groups who wouldn’t on our current politicians if they were on fire. Like-wise many who support our troops want to get them our of the shit storm they are currently entangled in a bring them home.
    I wish this ass monger would find examples of veterans or those in the military out begging for help or thinking they are entitled to anything other then what they are entitled to through their regular pay and allowances.
    Those who are the recipients are grateful for every little package or thank you they get, and humbled by the outpouring of support.

  17. Thor says:

    One CAN support the troops & NOT support the war or Government!! I absolutely LOATHE people like Steven Salaita!!! Not always do the troops get what they need, especially in the Middle East!! Been there, done that!!

  18. dghi says:

    What I would really like to see, but know will never happen because there are too many patriots, is when (NOT IF) the world blows up because of a wishy-washy pres__ent, we wait for all the liberals to join the military to support their pres__ents agenda.

  19. Green Thumb says:


    Now you see what I deal with.

    I wish I had you as a classmate.

  20. David says:

    dghi – FTO, won’t happen. People like Salaita are too self-righteous and superior to sully their hands with actual service. That’s something for them lower classes. Probabky hires someone to cut his lawn, too.

  21. Sam Naomi says:

    I won’t waste the good ink to post anything about this F–k head, for my part I’d say to him, “Take your 18 cents and stick it where the sun don’t shine”

  22. Herbert j Messkit says:

    I am careful about donations because of all the cons out there, and organizations with lavish overhead

  23. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    His view would change rather quickly if someone he loves were struck down in a terror attack. Just as liberals are actually conservatives who have not yet felt the personal sting of heinous crime, the apologists for terrorists have not had their loved one’s body parts on display in a street. He’s just another anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian, lefty professor whose only too happy to take the corporate money that supports schools such as VT while denigrating those who make his cushy life possible. F him.

  24. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    First he ponders a FourLoko while buying some cheese snacks for his kid and then spends a whopping $1.82….

    then he writes this tripe…

    In order for the citizenry to consume an abundance of products most people don’t actually need, it is necessary to interject the spoils of international larceny into the marketplace.

    Where in the h3ll do they find these 4ssclowns?

    It’s the same with the sad sacks who can’t spare a dime for the Ronald McDonald house, they have to go into a twenty minute diatribe to justify being a cheap f@cker….

    If I’m stopping at a 7-11 I’m spending more than $2 because I’m getting a snack for me too…and if I’m spending $5 on pop and sodium laced snack foods $0.20 in change dropped in a bucket for a charity for soldiers/kids/dogs whatever the proprietor has on the shelf is a no brainer…

    He doesn’t like the politics associated with a military presence, I think we all get that. So his dramatic response is not offering $0.18 to a charity to aid whatever military charity was on display on the counter. Here’s a newsflash for you sh1thead, all that flowery prose might be great in your job as an associate professor of English at VT but it doesn’t articulate anything beyond what a cheap f#ck you are and how you try to justify keeping eighteen cents in your pocket by associating a charity with all that’s wrong with America….

    F#ck you and the boat you got here on you pr1ck b4stard.

  25. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    @18 it is funny watching them all try and wrap their pukey little liberal heads around getting involved in Syria because their guy wants to get in there…

  26. Jarhead Pat says:

    What a self-righteous douchebag,I looked at his bio page,typical over grown hadji beard that says,hey I’m a big man with a small dick,wanna bet he is a closet homo.

  27. SGT E says:

    Hugh Hewitt had a WONDERFUL interview with him yesterday – had him on for an entire hour, and just let him talk. Transcript here:

    The best part was at the end – Hugh pointed out that his employer, VA Tech, takes money from the DoD, and pointed out, “So you are accepting the very money which I think in other circumstances you might call blood money.” Salaita: “I don’t see it that way.”

    Hugh: “So with 30 seconds left, you don’t want us to support the troops, but you do want us to support you.”

    Salaita: “No, I want us very much to support the human beings who comprise the military. I want us to question and challenge the platitude, support the troops, and think about who that platitude, whose interest that platitude actually serves.”

    Hugh: “Like the DOD, and Virginia Tech. Professor Salaita, it’s been a pleasure. I hope you’ll come back.”

  28. MrBill says:


  29. 77 11C20 says:

    After reading the transcript with Hewitt I find it disappointing and I have to say typical that he can have black and white judgment’s about the US military and US policy but can not do the same for simple things like stopping Hitler.

  30. UpNorth says:

    “In order for the citizenry to consume an abundance of products most people don’t actually need, it is necessary to interject the spoils of international larceny into the marketplace.” So, Afghanistan has all the Twinkies and we’re committing larceny to steal them? Iraq had all the Ding Dongs?
    This asshat is so impressed with himself that when he attempts to think, the garbage he spews is “international larceny into the marketplace”?

  31. GiducksSandFilledPussy says:

    perhaps 18 cents to nuke the unborn minority gay whales for transexual Hari Krishna?

  32. NHSparky says:

    Why is it I see these assclowns, and I feel like going all Robert Stack on the hippies, etc., in “Airplane!”

  33. Mike says:

    What a little bitch.he can say that in Syria when they take out his homosexual organs.

  34. Mike says:

    I always drop my change in the change jar.

  35. Green Thumb says:



  36. ExHack says:

    This clown gave me gas.

    He does, like him or not (and I don’t), have some valid nuggets hiding in that flood of diarrhea. Corporate interests have been using the military as a prop to get affirmation they otherwise wouldn’t deserve, and “supporting the troops” has been used to fill gaps left by an incompetent government in filling their needs. Don’t have to agree with all of it to agree with what’s true.

    He’s still a nozzle, though.

  37. FrostyCWO says:

    I also noticed the nuggets. When “support the troops” becomes an excuse not to think, society suffers as a whole. That is the point I believe he tried to make. I whole-heartedly believe that you could separate that point from the one about corporate interests of the military-industrial complex and still have a valid argument.

  38. ExHack says:

    There is that too, Frosty. I support our military, but I wasn’t a supporter of the war in Iraq – the only interest we had in Iraq (other than Saddam tried to kill Dubya’s daddy) was maybe in securing the oil reserves for the Chinese so they wouldn’t call in or stop buying our T-bills for a few more years. Can’t use supporting our military as an excuse for not thinking critically as a citizen.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Must be supporting imperialism or something for the little dickweed.

  40. USMCE8Ret says:

    The end of the article states: Steven Salaita is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech. That tells me two things about him – (1) He’s likley never made any contribution to this country or accomplished anything marginally difficult, and (2) Steven Salaita is a pussy and his child will grow up to be one too.

  41. SFC Rowe says:

    This is his facebook page. Please write to him and tell him how much of a douche he is being.

  42. LebbenB says:

    This is what happens when you let your kids go to Virginia Tech instead of the University of Virginia.

    GO WAHOOS!!!!!