Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Operation American Repression?
Following on from the post before last, Salon has this:
Sept. 29, 2004 | An Army Reserve staff sergeant who last week wrote a critical analysis of the United States' prospects in Iraq now faces possible disciplinary action for disloyalty and insubordination. If charges are bought and the officer is found guilty, he could face 20 years in prison. It would be the first such disloyalty prosecution since the Vietnam War.
The essay that sparked the military investigation is titled "Why We Cannot Win" and was posted Sept. 20 on the conservative antiwar Web site LewRockwell.com. Written by Al Lorentz, a non-commissioned officer from Texas with nearly 20 years in the Army who is serving in Iraq, the essay offers a bleak assessment of America's chances for success in Iraq.
And there I was labouring under the misapprehension that the military's loyalty was meant to be to the country not to an unelected regime.
After all what do they have to complain about, except for:
- Being used to fight a war based on a lie
- Being forced to kill innocent people in the name of Halliburton and Carlyle
- Having no health insurance...
- ...when, even if they survive Iraq, there is going to be a cancer epidemic the likes of which have never been seen.
- Having their pay cut
- Having their tours of duty extended
- Having their veteran's benefits cut
- Having no equipment
- (courtesy of Bush by Numbers) 40,000 Number of soldiers in Iraq seven months after start of the war still without Interceptor vests, designed to stop a round from an AK-47.
- $60m Estimated cost of outfitting those 40,000 soldiers with Interceptor vests.
- 62 Percentage of gas masks that army investigators discovered did Not work properly in autumn 2002.
- 90 Percentage of detectors which give early warning of a biological weapons attack found to be defective.
- 87 Percentage of Humvees in Iraq not equipped with armour capable of stopping AK-47 rounds and protecting against roadside bombs and landmines at the end of 2003.
- Having their coffins hidden from the American public
- Having NO ONE from the Bush regime recognise their sacrifice by attending their funerals
- Having their greiving relatives ejected from Bush rallys
- Having their sacrifice mocked by republicans with 'Purple Heart' bandaids
- Being blackmailed into re-inlisting
- Being snubbed by Bushies