War On Terror Electric Boogaloo

Hey kids, let’s shoot a machine gun with the Navy Seal who killed Bin Laden! All it takes is a cool 50 grand:

Key contributors to a conservative group have received a special invitation: For $50,000, they can shoot guns and hang out this June with Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The offer was recently made by the ForAmerica organization. Those invited have until May 10 to RSVP for an event at the Amangani Resort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The facility offers picturesque views of the Snake River, and is on the southern tip of Grand Teton National Park. A room there can cost more than $1,000 per night.

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The ForAmerica group is run by America, Inc., of Reston, Va. It was founded in 2009 by Brent Bozell, a conservative commentator who also started the Media Research Center, which provides a conservative critique of the media. It received nearly $4.9 million in contributions in 2012, and $2.5 million in 2013, according to tax documents.

I am so sick of this jingoistic, pro-war, amygdala-tweaking, “wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross” bullshit fascism-disguised-as-patriotism we’ve come to expect from conservatives.

But hey, maybe I’m just being melodramatic, right? Silly woman. But nothing speaks — no screams — a morally bankrupt culture louder than this. Nothing screams that institutional conservatism is made up of a bunch of sick fucks louder than this.

War is not entertainment. Assassinating Osama bin Laden may have been necessary (I say may — because we never did have a national conversation about that, did we?) but for God’s sake, don’t turn it into a fucking fundraiser! Don’t cheapen this entire chapter of American history by monetizing it, for fuck’s sake.

What the hell is wrong with these people?

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5 responses to “War On Terror Electric Boogaloo

  1. The ForAmerica group is run by America, Inc., of Reston, Va.
    So ForAmerica really means “For America, Inc.” rather than “For the United States of America”.

  2. Bob Fischer

    This Robert O’Neill guy intrigues me. People like him, those with larger mouthes than brains, are usually vetted and disqualified from units such as the one he claims to have served in. You have to wonder if the order wasn’t to bring Bin Laden back alive and this guy just screwed up. And is now cashing in after being shown the door from his military life. The
    U.S. has lots of guys that do O’Neil’s type of work in its military forces, it’s just rare for one to go public.

  3. If you go to the “Learn more” page at ForAmerica, guess who’s photo is runnin’?

    Three words. Ted. Fucking. Cruz.