This is How Those weasels in washingtOOn support the troops
Here’s a suggestion for real hope, change and responsibility:
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Well Cricketeers, we have been reporting these ongoing abuses of our young people in uniform for far too long. Here’s the latest from usatoday:
Soldiers: Army forcing troops to deploy despite health woes
By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — When the “Arctic Warriors” Stryker Brigade left for Iraq from nearby Fort Wainwright late last year, commanders told soldiers who were suffering medical problems that they would also go to war.
Spc. Mark Oldham was on a plane to Iraq by Dec. 5 despite being declared unfit because he passes out during training and requires a 30-day heart-monitor exam, his medical records show.
Sgt. Jesse McElroy, a combat veteran who had shoulder surgery in September and could barely move his arm, according to his medical records, was told to deploy or face charges for malingering.
Chief Warrant Officer Adisa “A.J.” Aiyetoro, a 19-year veteran who is stricken with active tuberculosis and unable to wear body armor because of back injuries, according to medical and court records, refused to go. “I’m not getting on that plane,” he says. His court-martial on charges of disobeying an order and missing a deployment is scheduled for Monday.
“The only reason that I’m being deployed is they want (greater) numbers” of troops in the field, Oldham said before leaving. He is assigned to communications.
SONOFABUSH! Let the responsibility dodging begin! This also from usatoday:
Report targets Army policy for deciding combat troops’ fitness
By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — The Army’s process for determining a soldier’s fitness for combat is so confusing that it increases the chance of sending ailing troops to war, an Army inspector general’s report obtained by USA TODAY says.
There are at least 15 “inadequate, unsynchronized or conflicting” policies governing fitness, which “increases the likelihood that soldiers who do not meet medical deployability requirements may be deployed in violation of one or more policies,” the report concludes.
Army Secretary Pete Geren requested the probe last June after soldiers, Congress and veterans groups raised concerns “regarding the growing perception that the Army is deploying soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan who are medically unfit,” the Jan. 28 report says. The Army provided USA TODAY an executive summary of the report under the Freedom of Information Act.
The report did not list any specific medical conditions that afflicted unfit soldiers who were deployed.
Geren made the request a month after USA TODAY reported that more than 45,000 troops— including 37,000 Army soldiers — were sent to combat since 2003 even though doctors had found them medically unfit for war weeks before their deployment.
DAGNABIT! They send them in while they are medically unfit for duty! What a disgrace. Then they blame “policy?” The hell with that! Any ethically challenged officer who signs an order sending an unfit soldier should be immediately court marshaled! Out with these bastards, who do they think they are patton?
What’s the latest from our con-man-der in chief? This from the zoo york times:
Obama Says a Way Out of Afghanistan Is Needed
Published: March 22, 2009
WASHINGTON — The United States must look for a way out of the war in Afghanistan, President Obama said, in a signal that the military build-up in Afghanistan will not be open-ended and will lead to the eventual withdrawal of American and NATO troops from the country.
“There’s got to be an exit strategy,” Mr. Obama said in a wide-ranging interview shown Sunday on “60 Minutes” on CBS. “There’s got to be a sense that this is not perpetual drift.”
Really? AN EXIT STRATEGY? Well, that’s long over due! I’ve been waiting to hear an exit strategy for YEARS! So what is statusQUObama’s exit strategy? So far it seems to be sending 17,000 MORE troops over there. Kind of odd to SPEAK of an exit strategy, while sending additional troops ain’t it sparky?
HERE IS AN EXIT STRATEGY! WITHDRAW ALL OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN UNIFORM BACK BEHIND OUR OWN BORDERS! CUT THE PORK BARREL MILITARY BUDGET BY 50%! THAT IS AN EXIT STRATEGY! TIME TO COMPLETELY EXIT FROM THE FAILED MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!
As to vets with health care needs. Passing a universal single payer health care plan will help them and everybody else!
Here’s my FAVE endorsement for single payer universal national health care, from the neolib who now refuses to give it to us:
Let’s see, in the video statusQUObama had a step by step process to get a single payer health care plan:
- dems take back white house CHECK √
- dems take back senate CHECK √
- dems take back house o’reps CHECK √
- PAY UP BITCH! Mauhahahahahahahah
The ongoing ClapSotronics serving suggestion:
EAT THE FUCKING pig corpoRATe rich!
laBAMAnostra and laBUSHanostra agree:
- That the disaster of a war should continue indefinitely. laBAMAnostra has the same exit strategy as laBUSHanostra did, no exit strategy what so ever! The corpoRATe pigs agree the current war should be escalated and additional wars should be started whenever possible!
- That the waste, fraud, and abuse pork barrel spending on ever larger pentagon budgets should continue and money “should be no object” when it comes to the funding of military death and destruction! paygo my ass!
- That the thieving corpoRATe insurance companies (the rotten aig being only the tip of the corpoRATe iceberg in the insurance larceny business) should be able to continue to pocket almost half of our health care dollars via the waste fraud and abuse filled current “free market health care system.” This ripoff comes in the form of over the top corpoRATe insurer “administrative costs” and corpoRATe drug pusher profiteering even as the rest of us are badly served by their wealth care, NOT REALLY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM!
- That the wal-fare system (click this link to see how I defined the wal-fare system in an earlier post) started by the klinton klan co-presidents slick willy and hillary dillary doo (she a former walmart board member and both former co-presidents are now made members of laBAMAnostra) and made ever worse by the waste, fraud, and abuse pork barrel funding of so called “faith based” organizations should be able to continue to poverty pimp we poor folks into ever deeper poverty! Punitive policies that force us into slave labor, low wage “jobs” and sermons are no replacement for the basic human needs based system we should have!
- That the inherently dishonorable corpoRATe criminals should be allowed to continue to “self police” as the idiots in washingtOOn chant the tired deregulation mantra!
It’s time to put an end to deregulation and the kid glove wrist slap treatment they get by regulating the corpoRATeers and RICO statute CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS OF THE corpoRATe THIEVES!
The Telepathic Crickets™ on the ClapSotronics editorial board and I are sick and tired of the shoddy way those feckless appaRATchiks in washingtOOn treat us!
The scientifically impossible I do right away
The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer