Thursday, June 30, 2005

Republicans to America: Let's you and him fight (in Iraq) 

Let's watch the party of personal responsibility try to shift blame for breaking the Army. Not a pretty sight:

Several Senate Republicans denounced other lawmakers and the news media on Thursday for unfavorable depictions of the Iraq war and the Pentagon urged members of Congress to talk up military service to help ease a recruiting shortfall.

"Talk up" military service... Not, of course, volunteer themselves or their children... But then I suppose, like Dick "Go Fuck Yourself" Cheney, they have "other priorities."

Families are discouraging young men and women from enlisting "because of all the negative media that's out there," Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said at a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Yep, they're traitors if you ask me. Why, if the media weren't so darn informative negative, we'd still be hearing about all the flowers the Iraqis are throwing us!

Inhofe also said that other senators' criticism of the war contributed to the propaganda of U.S. enemies. He did not name the senators.

Obviously the latest salvo in Karl "Grub Man" Rove's coordinated "stab in the back"(back) campaign.

Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker urged members of Congress to use "your considerable influence to explain to the American people and to those that are influencers out there how important it is for our young people to serve this nation at a time like this."

Yeah, Bush has a lot of 'splainin' to do, alright... And "influence," eh? Not, of course, actually volunteer yourself, or send your children...

The Army on Wednesday said it was 14 percent, or about 7,800 recruits, behind its year-to-date recruitment target even though it exceeded its monthly target in June. With extended deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, recruiting also is down for the National Guard and the Reserves.
(via AP)

They exceeded the June goal because (in typical Bush fashion) they moved the goalposts. Unfortunately, war is a lot less forgiving than the budgetary processsss

Back in election 2004, I kept hearing about how hot Jenna and Not Jenna were. But now, they seem to have dropped completely from sight. I wonder why that is? Have they decided on careers yet? Their country needs them!

You know, the 101st Fighting Keyboarders, the Gucci-clad fully paid up members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, the Sons and Daughters of Rich Fucks, and the party of [spinning in his grave] Lincoln—none of them have any skin in the game. So where do they get off asking others to volunteer? Say, where are the megachurches on this one? Why doesn't [cough] Doctor James Dobson start holding recruiting drives?

NOTE Gosh, I think I'm letting my emotions run away with me on this one, and being just a little unfair. After all, the Pentagon even set up a a web site to support the troops! It's hard to imagine anything more supportive than that! And my goodness, does it feel good to press that SEND button... (Say, I wonder how much money that could have been spent on body armor went to the web designers... Oh, I'm sorry. I'm being unfair again.)

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