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TexasEditor Donating Member (286 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:32 AM
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White House ambushed by criticism from America's military community
I found this at -- http://hoffmania.blogspot.com /

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http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?...

White House is ambushed by criticism from America's military community

By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles
20 September 2003

George Bush probably owes his presidency to the absentee military voters who nudged his tally in Florida decisively past Al Gore's. But now, with Iraq in chaos and the reasons for going to war there mired in controversy, an increasingly disgruntled military poses perhaps the gravest immediate threat to his political future, just one year before the presidential elections.

From Vietnam veterans to fresh young recruits, from seasoned officers to anxious mothers worried about their sons' safety on the streets of Baghdad and Fallujah, the military community is growing ever more vocal in its opposition to the White House.

"I once believed that I served for a cause: 'To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States'. Now I no longer believe that," Tim Predmore, a member of the 101st Airborne Division serving near Mosul, wrote in a blistering opinion piece this week for his home newspaper, the Peoria Journal Star in Illinois. "I can no longer justify my service for what I believe to be half-truths and bold lies."

The dissenters - many of whom have risked deep disapproval from the military establishment to voice their opinions - have set up websites with names such as Bring Them Home Now. They have cried foul at administration plans to cut veterans' benefits and scale back combat pay for troops still in Iraq. They were furious at President Bush for reacting to military deaths in Iraq with the phrase "bring 'em on".

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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:15 AM
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1. It's about time that the military
wake up about what is really happening to them under Shrub, how they're just being used and played with and their pay and benefits are being cut left and right while the Bushistas exhort everyone to "support the troops", and how they were sent to their deaths or possible deaths in a stiflingly hot desert to get oil for Halliburton and other rich buddies of the Bushistas and to gratify *'s ego and satisfy his power trip.

I've even read of a military group being formed across the country, called Mothers Against Bush! Is that sweet or what?
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Starpass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:19 AM
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2. May I suggest they ask Bush the following question:
How come everyone else is suppose to sacrifice and pitch in to "protect and defend the USA" but not the rich bastards who have raped the hell out of it in the first place???---are they exempt??? Are the Gods we are dying for???
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:50 AM
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3. Nothing new here...
historically, the wealthy and powerful have always used everyone else to do their dirty work.

Fascinating how fast we are regressing to the good old days of feudalism.

Is this what the libertarians and conservatives really want?



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