Wednesday, November 01, 2006
What about apologies for leaking the name of CIA operatives, sending the educated troops into an undefined, unwinnable quagmire, lying to the families of dead servicemembers, aiding and abetting the enemy by a misguided, preemptive attack that enabled Al Qaeda to morph into Medusa-like, decentralized, terrorist cell blocks that are more violent, bent on destruction, more difficult to penetrate and are making recruiting gains in direct contrast to the United States military who can only try and meet their recruiting goals by lowering the standards of education and ethics of its recruits?
John Kerry's unfortunate gaffe on Monday, where he suggested that a failure to work hard and get an education, was seized upon by desperate politicians from the Republican President to the sycophantic Democrat, Harold Ford, Jr., trailing in the Tennessee senate race.
First off, I'm not a big John Kerry fan. John Kerry, after giving a forceful response Tuesday, fucked it all up again on Wednesday by appearing on the Don Imus show, and scheduling an appearance on CNN with the pot-bellied, bellicose Wolf Blitzer.
Harold Ford, Jr., who relished the opportunity to engage the race card after the Republican National Committee gave him a fee pass by suggesting he fucks white women (rather than white men) is a frequent guest on the racist, homophobic Don Imus show, renowned for their nigger and faggot ridicule. (Ask Serena and Venus Williams, or Anderson Cooper). To that end, perhaps, more than anything else, Harold Ford, Jr. owes his self-hating facade an apology when he looks in the mirror, supposing he can stand to.
Missing in the fray, seized on by not just Fox News, but MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and every other corporate owned media shill and shell, is the harsh, bitter reality, that the prosecution of the war in Iraq, the egregious, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the extended tours of duty, the sinking morale and the Stop Loss policy preventing those who have completed their obligations from honorably leaving the military have resulted in dangerously low recruiting goals.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance, estimates that by the end of 2005 it will have answered 900 calls for assistance made by military personnel. Of those, it intervened to save three dozen military careers in 2005.
Many of the professionals we're discharging are fluent in languages such as Farsi and Arabic, who are able to intercept communications, interpret messages and in essence, make sense of the intelligence that it so important it requires pissing on the constitution to acquire it. All the while, the Pentagon admits to a shortage in these fields, and is having the toughest time ever meeting recruitment goals in all branches of the service.
To meet recruiting quotas in all branches of the military, standards have been lowered to include felons and idiots. While the military can boast the best and the brightest (when they're not discharging them for being gay), their lowering of standards is apt to produce a new generation of uneducated idiots, who, yes, will end up in Iraq, if we continue along this path. More Abu Ghraibs to follow by those who are uneducated, don't know better, and are caught in a leadership vacuum.
Democrats. Engage in this strawman at your own peril.
Apologies indeed. Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney. Don't trip over yourselves on your way to the podium, you hypocritical pigs.