I wasn’t sure whether I should put this in Great Debates or the Pit, so mods if you are moved to move this go for it. President Bush was at Fort Carson, in Colorado Springs yesterday, the post that has lost 18 service men and women in this conflict, the most since WWII.
Here is my question…and this goes out to Active Duty and veterans alike. Where is this seemingly bottomless pit of support for this president and his administration coming from? I don’t want to start a flame war or a cyber “I told you so” fight, I am truly curious. This administration has done just about everything in its power to cut programs and projects for veterans and the active duty that are fighting in this awful war.
How about the fact the pay system is so messed up some of our soldiers fighting in the Middle East are missing paychecks. Where is the outrage at the cutting of federal funds for school districts serving military bases, the fact that just about every
commissary and BX/PX/NEX in Conus (1) is on the chopping block in the name of lowering costs? Or that if the “Liberal Press” hadn’t
gotten wind of it, this crew would have cut combat pay (COMBAT PAY?!?) for the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan? The fact that the majority of our troops have Vietnam era combat vest? That the exact freedoms our brothers and sisters are fighting for are under the gun in the name of security? Why such slavish support for an administration that would blame the crew of an air craft carrier simply to save face? I work in a predominantly Republican town, on a military base no less, and spent ten years active duty in the Air Force, I understand completely the idea that we have a job to do, and that everyone knew the risks when they signed up, but I just can’t figure out why more vets and active duty folks aren’t asking the tough questions of these chicken hawks.
Like I said, not sure whether the PIT or GD is the place for this, but I did want to start a discussion.
1 Conus-Continental United States