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Saturday, September 24, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
Saturday, September 17, 2005
I was watching an episode of "Big Idea Town Hall" hosted by Donnie Deutsch. On this episode they featured the families of fallen service members talking about their loss. They also had notable family members such as Cindy Sheehan, and Tammy Pruitt, as well as some other fathers. The common meme was that we all support the troops, however, there were some differing positions on whether or not we should be in the war. She said that the war was based on a bunch of lies, she further stated that besides the WMD, and AL Quaeda Link issues, she said that her recruiter lied to him about a litany of things when he entered the service.
- "The recruiter said that he was going to get a $20,000 bonus but he only received $4,000.
When you are offered a bonus, you usually receive a portion, sometimes half, up front, and the remainder further into your enlistment. If he was actually offered $20,000 and the only money he receive was $4,000, then it must have been an increment of the total.
- "He wanted to be a chaplain's assistant, but when he got to basic, his drill sergeants said that field was all filled up, so he had a choice of being either a mechanic or a cook."
If the Army cannot fulfill its part of a contract, you have a choice of either getting released from your contract, or selecting something else to do. Also, Drill Sergeants don't make choices in what jobs that Recruits go into.
- "His recruiter told him that he could finish college, but they wouldn't let him take any classes."
This could be true, but they only tell you such things when you are "on the bubble" for deploying. The reason is that you will not be there long enough to finish, and there are mandatory skill sets that every soldier and unit must be signed off on. To try and do other academic things would be a distraction.
- "His recruiter said he would never be in combat because his ASVAB score was so high."
I seriously doubt that any recruiter would make such a statement. To me, this sounds like something that a kid would tell an uneasy parent when they announce they have already enlisted in the service. Certainly any person, regardless of their experience with the military should know you cannot guarantee where and when our military forces will be attacked.
One statement she made caused me to raise my eyebrows.
- "My son was raised in a gentle non-violent home. He didn't want to go to Iraq."
This could very well be true, but when you join the military you don't simply raise your hand and mutter a few words. You sign a contract that states what you are getting and what you are giving. Essentially you are giving yourself to the greater good of the country.
Let me say that I am indeed sympathetic to Mrs. Sheehan for the amazing loss she has suffered. I have three children of my own, and I cannot imagine outliving any of them. But, I have to say that perhaps she may be speaking to some things on behalf of her son that he may or may not agree with. I can't be sure of this, but I think that this could have something to do with it. I am not saying that she is being disingenuous, but sometimes emotions make us see things in a certain way. Cindy Sheehan has lost a lot. Nothing can refut that, but in the end I have to ask, "What would Casey have wanted?"
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Many people are lashing out at the federal government about its response, or lack thereof regarding Hurricane Katrina. The blame game has been tossed back and forth between the local, state, and federal government. Some people have brought up issues of race being a factor in the slow response, and some have cited a lack of preparedness on the local government. One thing that is certain, however, is the fact that this event will be talked about for a long time to come. I did notice, with particular interest that 11 members of Congress voted against a 51 Billion dollar Katrina relief spending bill. All were Republican. I wouldn't go so far as to claim that this shows a "lack of compassion" on the part of the Party on the whole, but seeing as this is one of the worst natural disasters to occur in the United States, you have to ask about the reason behind the "No" vote.
Some of the Republicans who voted against the aid package claimed that they voted no because they were not satisfied that there would be proper oversight of the disbursement of the money. One notable quote that came from Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ),
"$50 billion is simply too much to give FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) all at once and ensure proper oversight."He noted that he'd supported the earlier $10.5 billion supplemental bill for hurricane relief, and said, "this is an issue of oversight, not priority."
I understand oversight, and the need for oversight. However, I think I would rather worry about that later and get much needed money to the people who are in distress. This may be an "issue of oversight, not priority", but our first priority is the people, is it not? Just like President Bush said, there is plenty of time for blame and finger-pointing, but lets alleviate the problem first, and then we can start typing our white papers on this one.
Lastly, Democrats blasted Rep. Flake, and spoke of how he voted for H.R. 1268 which was an $80 billon aid supplemental aid to the Tsunami victims in Indonesia. But, to be fair, the spending bill also covered more appropriations for the continued war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who knows how this will pan out?
Monday, September 12, 2005
Things that make you go...."Awwww"I read this while I was perusing milblogs. I had to leave a comment. It came from a weblog called, "A Storm in Afghanistan".
My wife passed along this little tidbit.Seems my daughter, Marissa, showed up
with her pooh bear backpack, and declared it was time to go.Go where, she was
asked."I go to Anananatan to go get my Daddy!!"(approx.) 35 days to go.
posted by SC Eagle at 4:33 AM on
Aug 27 2005