Its not enough that US solders are being used for target practice in countries the average government school senior couldn’t find on a map (and that had never posed a threat to the US), they may also get sick or even die as a result of the vaccines they are forced to receive. Of course, American children are also forced to receive potentially dangerous vaccines. The mandate that children receive an ever-expanding list of vaccines may be responsible for the sky rocketing rates of autism. Of course, the campaign contributions of the vaccine manufacturers have nothing to do with the policies of mandating vaccines. Its just another example of how this government supports the troops and acts for the children.
http://www.insightmag.com/news/464495.html1:25 pm on September 18, 2003 Email Norman Singleton
The increased demand for purple hearts as a result of the high number of wounded solders in Iraq is causing a purple heart shortage. The government is actually suggesting wounded veterans buy their own medals at an Army surplus store. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
(Hat tip: Wonkette)4:56 pm on August 19, 2007 Email Norman Singleton
At least this one, who excelled as an interrogator in Iraq because he refused to allow or inflict torture. The article contains so many profound confirmations of common sense (and contradictions of War Party propaganda) that it must be read in full. Here are two telling excerpts, based not on hypothesis, but on irrefutable experience:
“It’s no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse.”
“Over the course of this renaissance in interrogation tactics, our attitudes changed. We no longer saw our prisoners as the stereotypical al-Qaeda evildoers we had been repeatedly briefed to expect; we saw them as Sunni Iraqis, often family men protecting themselves from Shiite militias and trying to ensure that their fellow Sunnis would still have some access to wealth and power in the new Iraq. Most surprisingly, they turned out to despise al-Qaeda in Iraq as much as they despised us, but Zarqawi and his thugs were willing to provide them with arms and money. I pointed this out to Gen. George Casey, the former top U.S. commander in Iraq, when he visited my prison in the summer of 2006. He did not respond.”
Of more abiding interest: the writer is forced to use a pseudonym because he faces domestic threats. I wonder if any of them come from the “conservatives” who pretend that they can ignore the Iraq disaster, and still regenerate the GOP on the basis of its “core values” and “basic principles.” Want to find out? Why not go to a local GOP function and ask for a vote on the issue of torture? My hunch is that you’ll be confronted by a bunch of Long-Island Wal-Mart-customer-style Barbarians who will trample you in a stampede to get back their war plunder that has kept the GOP’s engines running for so long.
Pretty soon you’ll need a pseudonym, too.9:25 am on December 1, 2008 Email Christopher Manion