Response to Post from Shrimplate

This is in response to Shrimplate’s post entitled Building Number Five I
Believe Who is Carl T. Hayden With an “E”?
 about a woman who was gang raped while serving in the Navy and her plight.  I considered leaving a comment but decided to address it here instead.  Please read the above link before continuing.

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The military is built on a cross section of the citizens it protects. With that, come both good and the bad individuals.

War is horrible. War is necessary at times to do what we can to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Please reference the horror in Kenya this past week.

Those who harmed this sailor should rot in hell for what they did, but the military did not teach them to rape. If they did, I missed that day in Basic Training. If they did, I missed that in my Officer Basic classes.

The military taught me to protect not only those who cannot protect themselves, but those who fight along side of me. To be loyal, never quit. It has brought the most trustworthy, dedicated friends who would follow me to the ends of the earth, and fight beside me if need be.

To blame this woman’s plight on the military is to spit on me, and that is fine. I have chosen to serve, and if need be, give my life to protect your freedom to express, from your comfortable home, your broad sweeping opinion on the military.

I was not, and never have been an individual, “attracted to the abuse, failed promises, death, disfigurement, and neglect that we offer those who choose to serve military in the name of United States citizens.” Instead, I was attracted to the discipline, honor, loyalty, promise of opportunity, and the chance to do my part to protect what I believe in. And that is what I found.

The Navy did not rape this woman, horrible individuals did. Placing broad sweeping blame on the military means you do not comprehend what the military truly is.  I would suggest that you raise your right hand, pick up a weapon and serve along side of me.

Regardless, I hope you thank the next Soldier, Sailor, or Marine you see for the freedom you have not earned, but were given.

  1. What a poorly written article. Was she raped repeatedly, or “gang raped”, which are 2 different things?

    Oh, and I like how “officers were involved,” just on principle.

    She flushed her life down the toilet, and it’s the “Navy’s fault”? How does that work? PTSD, from what?

    Maybe she did have a rough time in the Navy, but how is that different from anyone else having a rough life?

    It really sucks that the author feels badly for “Sally”, but to say her tragedy makes all war evil just because she feels bad is silly.

  2. Do you think that too much shrimp kills the brain cells responsible for rational thought? Perhaps its the act of “plating” that makes people babble with incoherent left-wing crap? No matter, the end result is still the same tired old vapid liberal party line.

  3. Do you think that too much shrimp kills the brain cells responsible for rational thought? Perhaps its the act of “plating” that makes people babble with incoherent left-wing crap? No matter, the end result is still the same tired old vapid liberal party line.

  4. Thank you for taking the time to respond to that post. I found it horribly offensive and I’m not even in the military. To call those who serve and have served our country in such a valiant and honorable way “low lifes” is really quite repugnant.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to respond to that post. I found it horribly offensive and I’m not even in the military. To call those who serve and have served our country in such a valiant and honorable way “low lifes” is really quite repugnant.

  6. It was not my intention to flame Shrimplate, but I just could not sit by and let that one go. I have too much of my life and soul invested to just stand by. Thanks for all of the comments on it.

  7. It was not my intention to flame Shrimplate, but I just could not sit by and let that one go. I have too much of my life and soul invested to just stand by. Thanks for all of the comments on it.

  8. Oh man. Emily, I both Love and hate you for directing me to that filth. I hope shrimplate takes the time to read my comment, however the concept of opening dialog there seems without merit. See, the thing about arguing with stupid people is that they bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.
    I mentioned in my comment on shrimplate’s blog that the author should hate the individuals responsible for that nightmare, not the U.S. military, and an interesting notion struck me. If that woman hadn’t joined the Navy, and instead had become a starbucks barista in a poorly-lit part of town (already tongue in cheek), and had been ganged raped after cleaning the steam machine one night, would the author step up on the virtual soap box to profess her hatred for the coffee chain? Rally against the makers of the skinny-soy-mocha-latte she was probably drinking as she lambasted the U.S. Navy? I doubt it. The convenience that the details of that story fit the authors agenda is a shame. I included the website below in my comment, you think Shrimplate has ever been a part of anything so grand? of such proud tradition?

    http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2007/March/20070301141930AKllennoCcM0.6500447.html

  9. Oh man. Emily, I both Love and hate you for directing me to that filth. I hope shrimplate takes the time to read my comment, however the concept of opening dialog there seems without merit. See, the thing about arguing with stupid people is that they bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.
    I mentioned in my comment on shrimplate’s blog that the author should hate the individuals responsible for that nightmare, not the U.S. military, and an interesting notion struck me. If that woman hadn’t joined the Navy, and instead had become a starbucks barista in a poorly-lit part of town (already tongue in cheek), and had been ganged raped after cleaning the steam machine one night, would the author step up on the virtual soap box to profess her hatred for the coffee chain? Rally against the makers of the skinny-soy-mocha-latte she was probably drinking as she lambasted the U.S. Navy? I doubt it. The convenience that the details of that story fit the authors agenda is a shame. I included the website below in my comment, you think Shrimplate has ever been a part of anything so grand? of such proud tradition?

    http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2007/March/20070301141930AKllennoCcM0.6500447.html

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