Memorial Day: Support the Troops!
May 29, 2007, 1:03 pm
Filed under: hypocrisy, troops, Uncategorized, war

On this “Memorial Day”, I flipped through the channels, watching the pundits and the politicians trip over themselves and the flag, spewing lies and useless rhetoric. It makes me sick. It makes me sick because they’re all such blatant hypocrites, each and every one of them. I’ll start off with the simple words: Walter Reed. No links necessary, I’m sure. Just scroll through these headlines – what is wrong here?! Isn’t the hypocrisy of those in power so obvious? What’s the threshold for a massive upheaval? and will it be too late when we’ve reached that point?


Less training, longer tours, less down time, and don’t forget old weapons and no body armor – who is supporting our troops?! (Agence France Presse via Raw Story)

Pentagon extends tours of all active duty troops (ABC)


In case you missed it: Pentagon abandons active duty time limit (TruthOut)

The Marine Corps is recalling 1,800 reservists to active duty, citing a shortage of volunteers to fill some jobs in Iraq (AP via Raw Story)


Bush to cut Veteran’s Administration funding – again (Press Telegram)


The Army is ordering injured troops to go to Iraq (Salon.com)


Military personnel with head injuries pushed back into war (MSNBC)


14,000 new National Guard troops set to deploy through 2010 (Huffington Post)


A quarter of the Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans treated with US government-funded health care have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to a study published Monday. And when psychosocial disorders such as domestic violence were included, the number of war veterans suffering from mental illnesses rose to 31 percent. (Agence France Press)


Government killing US troops slowly – Veteran’s “health care” (Consortium News)


British troops receive abysmal health care as well (New Zealand Herald)


Two Australian soldiers who served in the first Iraq war have tested positive to depleted uranium (DU) contamination despite assurances from the Federal Government they had not been exposed (Herald Sun, Australia)

US troops being deployed to Bulgaria and Romania (UPI)


War wounded overwhelming healthcare system (Herald, UK)


Army made video on effects of depleted uranium, then never distributed it (Raw Story)


How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits – one of thousands of outrageous treatment of US veterans (The Nation)


Soldiers who were paralyzed, suffered brain damage and lost limbs owe the government enlistment bonus money. They must pay the money back because they didn’t fulfill their tour of duty. (WPXI Pittsburgh)


On any given night an estimated 200,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets…..The Army says one in three Iraq veterans will return home with mental health issues. Sooner or later, caring for them will become another cost of war (CBS)


Not enough beds for homeless vets (Wilmington Star)


Amputee veteran uninvited from Bush event (AmericaBlog)


Making a Killing: America’s Private Army and the Business of War – Blackwater USA (Uruknet)


Wilmington Delaware Police Department murdered retired Marine Sergeant Derek J. Hale, a young husband a father, who they knew to be unarmed, after tasering him three times until he was curled up, wallowing helplessly in his own taser-induced vomit. Delaware and Virginia State Police aid in cover-up. His widow is suing. “Lt. William Brown of the Wilmington Police Department, who was close enough to seize and handcuff the helpless victim, instead shot him in the chest at point-blank range, tearing apart his vitals with three .40-caliber rounds. He did this after Derek had said, repeatedly and explicitly, that he was trying to cooperate. He did this despite the fact that witnesses on the scene had confirmed that Derek was trying to cooperate. He did this in front of a traumatized mother and two horrified children.” (Washington Post and Lew Rockwell) Two weeks ago, the attorney general has declared the shooting justified (Delmarvanow.com).


73% of America’s youth “are morally, intellectually or physically” unfit for service, according to Army Gen. William S. Wallace, commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command (Army Times)


Women soldiers face more than just the “typical” horrors of war, they have to contend with harassment, assault, and sometimes rape — from those in uniform. The military, many say, is unhelpful when women attempt to report their experiences. In the Democracy Now! clips at the link, Columbia University Professor Helen Benedict discusses her work with the increasing numbers of women in the military and the astonishingly high rate of assault and harassment, Eli Painted Crow, a 22-year vet talks about her time in Iraq and, in one of the more disturbing parts, Janis Karpinski reveals that General Sanchez ordered that dehydration deaths of frightened female soldiers were not to be labeled as such… (Alternet & Democracy Now)


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Came via Unknown News to support a new blogger. I really like to see a bunch of links on a blog post, particularly when they are interesting links ;)

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