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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 11:23 AM
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Rogers (MI-R) telling about a soldier who asked that his leg be amputated
so that he could be fitted with an artificial limb and regain full range of motion and be sent back to Iraq to fight. Sid the soldier told him to not give up on them. He interprets that to mean that they need to keep fighting. The man may have meant it that way, I don't know. I just feel disgusted that Rogers would think that this mess is a desirable one.
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-14-07 11:28 AM
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1. We can play that game all day...
We could trot out all the soldiers who want to get the fuck out. All the ones who came back without limbs, or with brain damage, who now realize it wasn't worth it.

Frankly, it isn't the soldiers' decision. The decision to start a war or end it is supposed to rest with Congress, or we the people. That was one of the great innovations of our constitution: the military served the people, not the other way around. For anybody who cares to see, the last 40 years have been a lesson in what happens when that principle is short-circuited. The founding fathers already knew that lesson, but over 200 years we've evidently forgotten.
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