Urbin Report

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

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Taking Anti-Americanism A Little Far, Ain'cha?

I've come to the firm conclusion that Heather Mallick needs a good swift kick to the head. Or some powerful medication.

Now, this isn't a conclusion I've come to lightly, or on the basis of no evidence. I would refer you to this, this, this, this, this, this, and this. Her columns reflect a sneering condescension of the United States, that views intelligent Americans as an aberration.

Her "America-Can-Do-No-Good" attitude causes her to opine in a rather outrageously stupid manner.

For instance, she writes:

U.S. commanders say they are now seeing guerrilla warfare, the kind that Americans were famously not good at in Vietnam.

While ignoring that while, ultimately, Vietnam was a loss, rather notable exceptions existed, in which the Americans proved themselves capable of taking on guerillas.

Moreover, her only point of reference is Vietnam, and she either, out of ignorance or willfully, ignores that America has a great deal of experience dealing with guerilla warfare, dating back to the Civil War and beyond. The 1940 edition of the United States Marine Corps Small Wars Manual points out:

The ordinary expedition of the Marine Corps which does not involve a major effort in regular warfare against a first-rate power may be termed a small war. It is this type of routine active foreign duty of the Marine Corps in which this manual is primarily interested. Small wars represent the normal and frequent operations of the Marine Corps. During about 85 of the last 100 years, the Marine Corps has been engaged in small wars in different parts of the world. The Marine Corps has landed troops 180 times in 37 countries from 1800 to 1934. Every year during the past 36 years since the Spanish-American War, the Marine Corps has been engaged in active operations in the field. In 1929 the Marine Corps had twothirds of its personnel employed on expeditionary or other foreign or sea duty outside of the continental limits of the United States. [emphasis added]

For specifics, I would refer you to the Phillipines, Boxer Rebellion, Haiti, and Nicaragua as instances of American experience in fighting guerillas.

Mallick's latest sneer at the United States can be found here. In it, she opines:

Smart people have become a cult in the U.S. When the next Waco comes, it won't be Branch Davidians they're after, it will be the intelligent, literate Americans, the kind who speak in whole sentences with clauses, who run libraries and write heartfelt letters to Salon.com. The American writer Bill Bryson, unwilling to tolerate the awful schools and a president he calls an imbecile, has announced he is moving back to Britain, and not a moment too soon. For I watched mid-American TV for an afternoon last weekend and I'm still whimpering.

I find myself amused that she seems to equate letters to Salon.com with intelligence. I would imagine that Ms. Mallick's world view views intelligence as a function of CBC/PBS/BBC viewing, believe all the "right" things, and mouth the "correct" platitudes. What a sad, narrow vision that must be.

Of course, Ms. Mallick's as one of those smart, intelligent people, would never engage in gross, inaccurate generalities, right? Of course not:

Americans themselves call it dumbing down, but I think it's more a matter of catering to Southerners. My theory is that the United States was ruined by air conditioning. That's what made possible the industrial rise of the South and finally allowed what was basically a swamp populated by yokels to be taken semi-seriously.

American reporter David Drehle, in the course of a very depressed book on Florida's death row, has a simpler explanation. He says America occasionally gives itself a shake and the scum settles to the bottom. My impression is that tiny bubbles rise, too, isolated outbreaks of intelligence that thrive in the colder climates of the Eastern Seaboard, Seattle, and parts of the Midwest. This explains Harper's Magazine, some fine, subversive rock 'n' roll, and a Web site known as The Onion.

Might I suggest that Ms. Mallick would be better served by sticking to columns about bracelets? Her attempts to demonstrate her "intelligence" by writing about politics does nothing except to showcase an astonishing level of slack-jawed stupidity, which hardly serves the purposes of the Globe and Mail.