August 15, 2004

Troops used for Propaganda?

Sgt. Peter Damon is not happy with Michael Moore, and it seems he has every right to be unhappy.

Seems Sgt. Damon was used as a tool for Moore's anti-Bush, anti-war propaganda, and it was done without his knowledge or consent.

"I just feel it was wrong and I was violated in some way, seeing myself up there on the screen," said Damon, 31, of Brockton, Mass.

"I think [Moore] should be ashamed of himself," added Damon, who was severely injured in October in Balad, about 50 miles north of Baghdad, when a tire on a Black Hawk helicopter exploded as he was changing it. The blast killed Pfc. Paul Bueche, 19, of Daphne, Ala.

For those of you who think this is an isolated misunderstanding, think again. This is just another in a stream of incidents where Moore has appropriated interviews or other footage without the consent of the servicemembers or survivors involved. Or, it would seem, even their physicians:

Lt. Col. Chester Buckenmaier, the anesthesiologist who treated Damon at the 21st Combat Support Hospital in Iraq and later at Walter Reed, said he also was angered at the Moore film after he took Damon to see it in Bethesda, Md.

"I was appalled. This was Joseph Goebbels-type propaganda," Buckenmaier said, referring to the Nazi propaganda chief.

Sadly, there are those involved who just don't see this as wrong. Lila Lipscomb, who lost her son in Iraq, sees no problem with Moore's tactics. Sadly, we'll never have the opportunity to ask her son.

"I don't see it as demeaning in any way," she added.

Well, the vets do. And they're not happy about it. Go read the rest of the article.

Posted by Mamamontezz at August 15, 2004 09:15 AM

Absolutely despicable.

Posted by: Asher Abrams at August 15, 2004 10:15 PM

It's hard to differentiate between Moore and Soros as to which are out to do the most harm. Both are despicable communists.

Posted by: Jack at August 16, 2004 12:18 AM

Thanks to everyone for the support. I'm glad you see things my way. I wonder how Mr. Moore would feel, or better yet, Mrs Lipscomb, if I was to make a Nazi propaganda film, edit some news footage of them, and stick it up on the big screen for everyone to see. I don't think they'd be very happy with that unless of course they were Nazis, which in Mr. Moore's case, I'm not quite sure. This may be an extreme example, but Farenheit 9/11 is an extremely one-sided view of current events. I am still in the Army and don't appreciate the attack on Our Commander In Cheif.
Thanks Again,
SGT. Peter Damon

Posted by: peteyboy at August 17, 2004 10:26 PM

Sargent Damon, my nephew/blogson is probably about your age, active duty USAF. If that corpulant piece of crap did to SlagleRock what he did to you and everyone else in that mock-umentary, he'd have me to deal with.

I have no use for him or his kind. They can all rot, from the inside, out.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for your service and your sacrifice. Any time you're in Indianapolis, the beer is on me.

Posted by: Mamamontezz at August 18, 2004 12:26 AM

Hi Pete,

Glad to see you getting your point of view out.

Your friend,
John Gonsalves
Homes for Our Troops

Posted by: John at August 18, 2004 06:57 PM

SGT Damon: Thank you from one more greatful citizen of the country you were injured protecting.

Posted by: bdfaith at August 21, 2004 05:08 AM

poker me up

Posted by: poker me up at December 30, 2004 02:46 PM
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