‘Whiney, self-absorbed, full of Michael Totten and precious little else.’

I meant to get to a post on Michael Totten’s disturbingly narcissistic article about his travels to Iraq, but Mark Gisleson has beaten me to ittwice.

Totten’s article is a target-rich environment, but when you shoot fish in a barrel you still end up with dead fish:

I waited for my helicopter flight with two other civilians – Willie from Texas and Larry from Florida.

Willie and Larry work construction for private companies in harsh places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are both well-rounded individuals with Red State tastes and political views and a worldliness and cosmopolitanism that surpasses that of most people who live in the Blue States.

Totten, an effete Republican elite, clearly doesn’t know squat about the construction industry, which exists in virtually all states, red and blue. Like many of the mental cripples on the right, he assumes that all manly jobs are done by Republicans in red states. And like many of the twisted fucks on the right he thrills in finding construction types who’ve seen Cats.

I’d like to introduce him to Deb, my buddy Jon’s daughter. She supervises road construction crews and would cheerfully kick Totten’s lily-white ass up around his ears. Come to think of it, my red state, farm-raised, factory-hardened right foot wouldn’t mind taking a shot at Totten’s sorry ass either.

If the gasbag right truly believed in this occupation they call a war, not only would they enlist, but they’d reach out to the left to build support here at home. Instead they resort to petty insults and cheap shots, trying to rub our noses in their superiority.


Mark takes apart the inanity of Totten’s column, from his twelve-hour wait for a flight into Baghdad, during which Totten avails himself of the chance to interview literally hundreds of soldiers by…describing the folding chairs to Totten making the brilliant claim that “The odds that you personally will be anywhere near the next car bomb or IED are microscopic.” I highly recommend reading both posts.

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5 responses to “‘Whiney, self-absorbed, full of Michael Totten and precious little else.’

  1. cavjam

    I’m sure the IBEW, the UBC and the other construction workers’ unions would gladly school Herr Goebbels’ Totten’s single cell cerebrum on what the facts is. Course, unions ain’t so strong in Flahrida and Texas.

  2. Thanks but I couldn’t help myself. It wasn’t Totten so much as the fawning adulation he gets from the illiterate wingnuts who mistake his banality for Chance the Gardener style profundities.

  3. The part with the civilian contractors boasting about how much money they get and how their wives don’t want them to come home because they’re greedy for the money and how they get these fabulous vacations on which they don’t even have to pay taxes if they take them outside of the U.S. and their wives can meet them in the Bahamas, is the part that got to me the most. While Iraqis are suffering and dying and fleeing their homes and being tortured, these shithole contractors are profiting and living it up and enjoying the good life out of Iraqis’ pain.

    The fact that Totten does not point that out is the clearest indication to me of how depraved he and his writing are.

  4. Kathy,

    You give him way too much credit. He’s a dilettante who writes to please an audience. It leads to dumbass statements like this:

    Willie and Larry work construction for private companies in harsh places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are both well-rounded individuals with Red State tastes and political views and a worldliness and cosmopolitanism that surpasses that of most people who live in the Blue States.

    Has he met “most people” in Blue States? He’s easily answered. Not a bad idea to keep doing so.

  5. Thomas Brown

    I’m in a similar situation… Being a straight white guy, who started a business with no help, and transformed myself from an employee to an employer… I’m assumed to back Republicans all the time. It apparently comes as quite a shock that I loathe and despise Bush, Cheney and all the corporate patsies determined to sell out my countrymen whenever possible. And if I hear one more time that anyone who protests the Iraq war isn’t a true American patriot…

    Sorry for preaching to the choir, but I needed to vent.

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