Okay, okay, so I'm in a bad mood this afternoon. Maybe it's because there are only 25 democrats in the senate. Maybe it's because there IS no more Democratic party. Maybe that has nothing to do with my foul mood. Maybe I'm angry 'cause my drinking water is contaminated by oil industry additives that cause cancer. Maybe not. Maybe my brain's pickled in Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE). I don't know and I don't care.
So maybe it's not a good time to read about the 50,000 GI's being retained in the military by the Pentagon's "stop loss" program. This policy is being applied to soldiers in units due to deploy for Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to the story I read, some GI's are disputing the fairness of this. But--and here's the big but..."court challenges have fallen flat". Please note, to those who have challenged the Pentagon's stop loss program and lost, don't expect it to get better. The courts are being stacked against you. Tomorrow's senate vote will be just another step towards cementing your vanished avenues of justice.
Now while I'm sympathetic to those in the armed services that are getting tired of rotating in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan so fast they're dizzy, I have to say, this is what you do when you enforce the policies of fascists. So buck up and just try to do your sworn duty, even if you already have--but it just wasn't enough to suit Uncle Sam. Remember, you live in the greatest, free-est nation on Earth. And remember, you're a volunteer of the armed forces of that nation. So if your enlistment is up, but you can't leave, well, just know the rest of us back home are making our own sacrifices for the Motherland in our nation's drive for global dominance.
And forgive me if I continue to repeat it over and over on these pages, but while you're out there, convoying down some Iraqi road, subconsciously praying the next IED exploded in the world's newest democracy doesn't go off under your vehicle, remember the words of Henry Kissinger, "Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy."
Maybe your government will decide for you you'll make a career out of the military. Maybe they already have!