One of the clubs the Bush administration used against it’s detractors in this war of aggression was the “you must support the troops” (or you are unpatriotic) club. How could you not support the troops? I mean they had no choice in whether or not they were made to fight and die protecting us from illusory Weapons of Mass Destruction, that is part of the whole soldier gig…obedience. Or is it?
Morale among some war-weary GIs in Iraq is so low that a growing number of soldiers – including some now home on R&R – are researching the consequences of going AWOL, according to a leading support group.
I am torn on how to feel about this because on the one hand I have been against this war since the very beginning and can sympathize with the soldiers who are stationed abroad without any clear idea when they might get home, working for an administration that paints targets on them with a flippant “bring them on”. But the ex-military in me is disgusted with the idea that these men and women who have vowed to serve their country are now coming apart at the seams. I know it sounds harsh but this is the nature of what they have been called upon to do…war sucks! It aint no PlayStation game where you get three lives and a nuclear powered plasma cannon.
That said the Bush Administration really isn’t trying all that hard to enlist the UN since they refuse to share the control of Iraq with anyone else. Guess insulting them and ignoring world opinion before deciding to go it alone looks pretty foolish in retrospect…especially when the American taxpayer is going to have to shoulder the burden of reconstruction in Iraq. Thankfully most of that money will be funnelled into the deep pockets of American business (you know, the bastards that are firing the taxpayers in droves).
I still support the troops but I will also support bad conduct discharges and courts martial for those who abandon their posts. Nobody promised that their stint in the military was going to be fun. If they can just hold on until the next election I am certain the next President will get them the hell out of there because Bush is going to be gone in 2004! Him and his whole cadre of criminals.