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Creek Running North
June 08, 2005
I support this trooper, too.
Roxanne posts a comment from an active-duty soldier in Iraq. Go read it.
Posted by Chris Clarke at June 8, 2005 08:40 PM
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Me too. And did you read the recent story about the rapidly-rising divorce rates in the army, especially among officers, as active duty tours in Iraq are extended? Is it any wonder the army can't make their quotas?Posted by: beth at June 9, 2005 06:08 AM
I feel for this guy, and all the other soldiers who have had their lives either ended, ruined or just disrupted by this stupid and unnecessary war. And I with the current Commander in Chimp declaring wars on countries that aren't a threat while ignoring clear threats like North Korea, going in without enough people to do the job, and then declaring "stop loss" to shore up the numbers, I can't see anybody making the army a career for the forseeable future unless dire economics force them into it.
On the other hand, his comments about how the army is denying his democratic rights remind me of the movie Crimson Tide, where Gene Hackman says "We're here to defend democracy, not practice it."
I guess we should all admire the current administration's consistency. They screw everything up. No exceptions. Even traditional conservative allies like the military.
And while I don't have a lot in common with most soldiers, in that I can't imagine signing on for a situation where my head & heart are not the final arbiters of my actions, you have to feel for people like this guy in Iraq. It must suck big time to have your contract extended against your will.
By the way, Paul, I think Hackman's character was right. The military is the one segment of our society where democracy doesn't even receive lip service.
Bush must just love that.Posted by: tost at June 9, 2005 08:23 AM