I’m going to start this post out properly. This is a day meant to honor fallen veterans, so let’s do that first.
This is a list of United States Armed Forces members killed in Afghanistan in the month of May, 2011.
Army Pfc. William S. Blevins
Army Pvt. Andrew M. Krippner
Army Pvt. Thomas C. Allers
Army Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie
Army Pfc. Ramon Mora Jr.
Army Cpl. Brandon M. Kirton
Army Staff Sgt. David D. Self
Army Spc. Bradley L. Melton
Army Pvt. Lamarol J. Tucker
Army Pvt. Cheizray Pressley
Army Spc. Brian D. Riley Jr.
Army Sgt. Robert C. Schlote
Army Sgt. Amaru Aguilar
Marine Lt. Col. Benjamin J. Palmer
Marine Sgt. Kevin B. Balduf
Army 1st Lt. Demetrius M. Frison
Army Sgt. Ken K. Hermogino
Army Spc. Riley S. Spaulding
Army Sgt. Kevin W. White
Does this bother you? It makes me sick to my stomach. It bothers me even more that we officially crossed the 6,000 dead mark in May of 2011 (Iraq and Afghanistan combined) and nobody noticed. We officially stand at 6,014; I do not have the latest death listed here because the name of the latest dead soldier has not been released, as far as I can tell.
Today, parades will be held, and flags will be erected on or over headstones, and while all of this supposed “honoring” goes on, there is an excellent chance that we will lose someone else in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
The Rushpubliscums, who claim to own patriotism in this country, will fight tooth and nail to make sure that the super-rich don’t have to spend even one extra dime to help out our wounded soldiers, sailors, and marines. The dems will placidely go along with keeping out forces caught in a place where there is no hope of winning and no objective left that is achievable.
And just think what kind of problems our Armed Forces will face once the Rushpubliscums force us into default. That may, at long last, be the trigger event that gets them out of the Middle East, but what are they going to return home to?
The simple fact of the matter is, the kids who are fighting and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq are “throwaway” kids for the most part (and I mean those good men and women absolutely no disrespect by the use of the term” kid.” I would have termed myself thus when I was in uniform.) They come from disadvantaged backgrounds, from people that don’t have much of a voice in society, so we don’t even bother to notice anymore how many of them are dying, or even WHY they are dying. People turn on their “Reality TV,” and they talk about whatever Lindsay Lohan is doing this week, and the fact that we are destroying ourselves with these stupid wars doesn’t even register on most of our radar screens.
The MSM is complacent in that, of course. As I said; these are “throwaway” kids, so the MSM doesn’t really give them much coverage. The MSM is owned by and large by the same people who profit from these wars, so they don’t want to call TOO much attention to the fighting. But, we, as citizens, are also to blame. We are FAILING our Armed Forces. We are sitting by, and letting them get killed for…. what? We have gone along with the failures, the corruption, the enormous waste of blood and treasure, for a decade now, and we show little sign of being anywhere near ready to bring it to an end. Hell, you can’t get half of us who are REGISTERED voters to a voting booth (and never mind that roughly half of us don’t even bother to register.) It just doesn’t matter. We’re killing OURSELVES while we destroy our soldiers, and nobody seems to give a damn.
This is why I, as the father of 3 draft-age sons, am 100% in favor of a military draft. I don’t believe that any save a small minority will give a flying fig about what we’re doing to our GIs until we are all forced to share in the worries that the parents of sons and daughters in Afghanistan and Iraq live with every day. And while we’re at it, let’s have a “Afghanistan/Iraq surtax” so we can see it on our pay stubs every pay period. Maybe then, we’ll finally give a damn. Maybe then, we’ll demand that the killing stops. Maybe then, we’ll bring our long-suffering Armed Forces home.
Maybe then, Memorial Day will again become a somber day of rememberance, instead of a facade of flags and meaningless platitudes.