Wednesday, April 11, 2007

...and other reasons my leaders suck.

Today I read that the army was formally extending tours in Iraq and Afghanistan from 12 months to 15 months. I mean it wasn't enough to enact a stop loss order three years ago to prevented soldiers whose tours were over from leaving. Now we need to extend the normal tours for everyone? Geeez. I can't figure out why the US military would need to enact a mandatory extension. I mean, aren't there enough troops? Oh, really?

So when is enough, enough? We are in the middle of a war that has been raging for more than four years and has no end in sight. The total cost has spiraled out of control, the percentage of people who disagree with the current administration is more than 60 and has been for months. The recruitment standards have been lowered. Numbers of soldiers afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome are increasing. Military divorce rates are on the rise...and I still don't feel any safer.

What else needs to happen here for this to end? Is there no accountability? Are we just marking time till the 2008 election? Today I'm ashamed to say I live in a country that has not yet revolted against this atrocity.


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