National Guard â€œPoster Boyâ€: â€œThe President Misused Our Trust.â€ [VIDEO]
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This post, written by Manila Ryce, originally appeared on The Largest Minority
Our good friend Davis Fleetwood had a chance to interview Stewart Zamudio, the poster boy for the Army National Guard, on his way to DC for tomorrow's anti-war demonstration. Zamudio is a former National Guard soldier who served in the military for six years, and was activated after 9/11 to work in and around Ground Zero. In an effort to exploit the events of 9/11, Zambudio was chosen to be featured in two recruitment commercials. He got out of the military in 2006. Now Zambudio tells Americans NOT to enlist.
After reading a few comments at Crooks and Liars for the same video, I was surprised to see that some supposedly liberal readers had a problem with Zamudio wearing his uniform in an anti-enlistment video. However, troops are never criticized by these same people when they come out in support of the war - only when they're in opposition to it. So what's the problem with Zambudio telling people not to enlist in uniform when he's been expressing the opposite opinion in uniform for a year prior? Is there a sense even on the Left that he's betraying his fellow soldiers now that his message doesn't reflect that of the president? Sadly, the same tired thinking that you don't support the troops if you don't support the war, seems to be just as prevalent amongst so-called liberals.
Adam Howard is the editor of PEEK.