I would prefer to see the U.S. government pay for clowns to perform silly shows on stage than to see the U.S. military pay for soldiers to keep clowning around with human body parts.
If Representative Scalise is truly upset at soldiers being used as “human shields”, then he ought to do something to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where thousands of soldiers have died, and hundreds of thousands have served as human shields for the foreign policies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
For the umpteenth time, information has come out revealing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her aides were being briefed on the authorization for of various forms of torture, including waterboarding, and also apparently on their actual use. Pelosi’s response then? To take impeachment of
Recruiting standards have fallen dramatically. Dropouts and delinquents on the one hand, and middle-aged newcomers on the other hand, have been filling in the gaps. Trying to find 749,000 new soldiers will require lowering standards even further – and that won’t make the nation more secure.
Let this be yet another warning to any high school kids who are thinking of joining the military after graduation this spring. The recruiter you know may be making lots of promises about the benefits you’ll receive, but the military has a way of not keeping its promises.
Pro-war Christian fundamentalists like to say that the military is defending our freedoms, but the truth seems to be that Christian fundamentalists have usurped power within the military to attack Americans’ freedoms.