Thursday, August 11, 2005

Threats To National Security 

What is wrong with this picture?
"Cindy Sheehan phoned me from Texas a few minutes ago to say that she's been informed that beginning Thursday, she and her companions will be considered a threat to national security and will be arrested."
Has the whole country gone mad? A woman who parks herself miles out of sight of the White House goons, on a public road, is scaring the bejeesus out of our "wartime president"?

And are we so pitiful now that we can put up with, even defend, the institutionalized torture and murder of prisoners by our military, yet cringe in trembling fear at the thought of an about-to-be-divorced soldier having an affair?
"A four-star general who was relieved of command this week said Wednesday through his lawyer that the Army took the action after an investigation into accusations that he was involved in a consensual relationship with a female civilian.
The lawyer, Lt. Col. David H. Robertson, said the case "involves an adult relationship with a woman who is not in the military, nor is a civilian employee of the military or the federal government."
The general, Kevin P. Byrnes, was relieved Monday by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, just a few months before General Byrnes was scheduled to retire as head of the Army Training and Doctrine Command. "
Evidently, the answer is yes. According to the NYTimes article this is taken from, "...dozens of members of the military are disciplined every year for adultery and related offenses". Amazing, isn't it, the speed with which the Pentagon acts when sex rears its ugly head. And not violent, coerced, brutal sex, but sex between consenting adults.

So little grieving women and men in love now form the vortex of danger against which our president and his military must gather the force and vigilance of the nation.

And speaking of threats to national security, I sure am glad that whole Iraq thing is keeping us safe in the meantime.

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