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Drafting 60-year Olds Now?!? WTF?!?
Wed Aug 23, 2006 at 06:07:40 AM PDT
My parents live in a gated condo complex in the DC area, and are friendly with the gatehouse guard, a Vietnam vet who served in the Navy Seals and in the Marines. The fellow, who is in his early 60's, was in special units that had lifetime call-up provisions.
Well, now the Marines have called him up. For combat operations. In Fallujah.
So it's come to this. Our nation is now so desparate for recruits that we're not only forcing recent enlistees back for another tour, we are now forcing grandfathers back onto the battlefield?
This is what losing nations do when desperate, what happens when military adventures go so bad that all the healthy soldiers are killed. Maybe next we will be sending 14 year-olds and amputees as well?
The fellow in question is mostly healthy--he only has a bad back. And the Marines have apparently told him that if his back worsens, he will be allowed to come home again. How sweet of the Marines. How considerate.
However much idiocy we have further to suffer through before we pull out of Iraq, it seems safe to say that the American all-volunteer army is dead for a generation. Who is going to enlist when they're told, "Oh, and by the way, we may call you up when you're about to retire, to kill and be killed for the military adventure fantasies of a future President AWOL"? And these assholes are campaigning on national security? God bless the goddamn GOP
posted by Steve @ 10:49:00 AM