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Supporting Our Troops July 28, 2007

Posted by littlebangtheory in Politics and Society.
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Yesterday on WAMC Public Radio I heard NY Congressman Joe Courtney describing a recent meeting with a young man in his office. The young man was a Marine who had spent two years, seven months out of the last four years in Iraq. In one trembling hand he held the orders for his fourth deployment; in the other, a bag containing the various medications he was taking to try to get control of his depression, insomnia, nightmares and anxiety.

He was pleading for the Congressman’s help.

This brought to mind recent radio reports about another young man, this one from my boyhood hometown. He was a twenty-three year old Marine who had returned from his first deployment in Iraq a “changed man,” as his family put it; he was drinking heavily, waking up screaming in the night and talking about suicide. His parents got him to our local VA hospital, where he was observed for a couple of days, then released. When his condition worsened his parents brought him back to the hospital, but he was turned away, apparently on the grounds that they woudn’t help him until he took care of his drinking problem.

Three weeks later his father found him hanging from the water pipes in the basement of the family home.

Can you even begin to imagine how that felt? To have your only son taken away, ravaged by his experience of the horrors of this unjust war, denied help from the government which had promised him the moon when he enlisted, and then to find your child hanging lifeless in your cellar, his distorted face streaked with tears, his young body still reeking from the booze he had drunk to summon this final act of courage?

I can’t, though the feeling that I must try to appreciate the pain of that loss has caused me to put an hour of typing and crying into this post so far.

The Official Government Rhetoric about “supporting our troops” is hollow and disingenuous on so many levels that I can barely contain my rage. The so-called “Troop Surge” is resulting in longer deployments, less time at home, and spiraling devastation among our young men and women in the Middle East. It’s also resulting in the attrition of experienced soldiers from the military, just as it did in Viet Nam, but then the maximum time spent “in country” was twelve months of a four-year enlistment. And many of us recall the damage which even that twelve months wrought on so many of our soldiers; I have friends who are still struggling forty years later.

This “surge,” this entire fucking war is such a monstrous betrayal of trust, such an unprecedented abrogation of responsibility on the part of the Current Administration, and yes, on the part of the American People, that no response by US other than IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT can vindicate our claims to being a moral and righteous people living in a legitimate democracy.

We know what must be done. The time is now.


1. benjamin frankling - July 28, 2007





2. sherry - July 30, 2007


what the hell was that?

3. littlebangtheory - July 30, 2007

Well, either my Cuz P-Dawg’s goofin’ on me, or we got an infestation of WhatTheFuck which may require a Radical Bullshitectomy.

Only time will tell.

4. DCup - July 30, 2007

C.R. – Great post. The personal tragedies are too numerous to mention.The broadstroke tragedy is that by misusing our military, the Bush Regime is killing it so that it won’t be able to defend us when we really need it.

5. Phydeaux Speaks - July 30, 2007

I had nothing to do with that oddly SPAMlike message…. I do believe I may be offended that you would think so. 😉

The post, on the other hand, was excellent. Politicians (up to and including the Current Occupant) should be forced to meet with the soldiers and the families of soldiers who have been failed by the system – and not just those families, but all of us ‘Murrikans who are being “left behind” (and I ain’t referring to the Rapture, folks) in this new Gilded Age.

(and, yes, my internets connection seems to be working this morning)

6. sherry - July 31, 2007

yes, your post was excellent. sorry i failed to type that but i was just in awe of the amout of crap squeezed into that reply to it that i forgot.

7. littlebangtheory - July 31, 2007

OK, so my first blog-nazi edit: The Wieid Response Goes. Not that it didn’t have its clever moments, it’s just that I’m all about the dialog. And that wasn’t dialog.

Come back, Benjamin Franklin, let’s talk!

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