Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bennie Thompson: REMF

In the military there is a term, REMF. It stands for Rear Eschelon Mother F*******s. REMFs are those sitting in their air-conditioned offices in their expensive leather chairs sipping on expensive bourbon in the ivory tower with no clue as to what is going on in the real world, while the real soldiers are in battle fighting for their lives trying to survive the stupid decisions made by the ignorant REMF's.

The Clarion-Ledger reported today Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson FINALLY visited Iraq for the first time this week: "Rep. Bennie Thompson made his first trip to Iraq on Friday and predicted the Democrat-led Congress "will get more and more involved in the war."
The Democratic 2nd District congressman, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said he made the trip to try to determine the impact of the war on national security issues. ..."

This fits the classical definition of a REMF: Mr. Thompson is the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and after FIVE years in Iraq he FINALLY decides to visit Iraq to see what all the fuss has been about, while courageous soldiers from Mississippi make sacrifices, fight terrorists, are shot at, wounded, and at times killed in battle. While friends and families mourn their losses, Congressman REMF lives in Washington, sleeping in comfort every night after enduring the hardships of battle as the real combat rages at the cocktail parties in Georgetown.

Philistines such as myself should be grateful that Congressman REMF finally deigns Iraq worthy enough to visit. One would think a leading Congressional Democrat holding such a position would have gone to Iraq MUCH sooner as many other Congressmen, including war critics such as Senator Biden, have.

The New York Times reported on April 3, 2007 that "According to the Pentagon, as of mid-March, 365 members of Congress had visited the country since May 2003.....
A recent survey by the Medill News Service found that about two-thirds of House Republicans had been to Iraq, while fewer than half of Democrats had visited. ..."
(Incidentally, the lapdog, uncritical media in Jackson has not bothered to ask Mr. Thompson why he waited so long before visiting the troops.)

Congressman REMF should face the families of the soldiers from his district and explain why he has been so derelict in his duties, and apologize to them. To Mr. Thompson, the soldiers are meaningless fodder as has been shown by his disinterest in Iraq. Always watch what one does and not what one says as Bennie Thompson, for all of his rhetoric, has shown what he is NOT made of by not visiting Iraq while our soldiers face danger on a regular basis, never knowing a moment's peace. For Congressman REMF, Iraq is a talking point on Meet the Press, not a sacrifice faced in Mississippi.

For more posts on Bennie Thompson's actions as Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, see,


gorjus said...

KF, I'd say he doesn't NEED to go to Iraq, as they have NOTHING to do with our Homeland Security . . . just as they had nothing to do with 9/11, either.

Basically, Iraq is so busy tearing itself apart right now that there's no way they'd be a threat TODAY, much as if they've never been a threat anyway to our domestic security.

As an aside--the new color scheme and name cracks me up.

Stephen said...

He is such a waste of space. I really don't understand how he can be elected over and over again. I fear for Mississippi.

Kingfish said...

He needs to go to Iraq for several reasons.

1. The troops catch hell, they are isolated, they make a mistake or a PERCEIVED mistake, the media cuts them to pieces. Its helps them when their political leaders come out there to show support and hear their concerns.

2. BT IS Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security. It is not unreasonable to expect terrorist threats from Al Quaida cells or other terrorist groups who are sympathetic to the insurgency. The use of the internet, as I have discussed in other posts, by jihadists makes it easier for them to communicate with terrorists here in the US.

There are also Hezbollah cells in the US, which are controlled by Iran. Iran has funded, supported, and armed much of the insurgency and has backed Al Sadr. It is not unreasonable to expect homeland security to take seriously the possibility of attacks by Hezbollah.

3. The Congressional leaders NEED to be over there getting some idea about what the hell is going on. Period. Damn REMF's.

Anonymous said...

Where did the Lott post go????

southernbreeze said...

Why should he have gone sooner or at all? Because his cushy new job at the helm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was made possible by the very war these young men and women are fighting. I want anyone with decision making power over my life to understand the impact of the decisions they make.

Anonymous said...

So... i noticed the Trent Lott post was removed. Any reason why?

Kingfish said...

probably because I was drunk and hit the wrong button when I revised part of it. Its saved here. Just clicked on save draft instead of publish.

gorjus said...

All points well taken and frankly--you convinced me. I may not agree that he needs to be there as HS honcho, but our elected officials need to know what's going on.

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