Mike McIntyre gets a Challenger in NC-7

Mike McIntyre is going to face at least one challenger in the upcoming 2008 elections, Republican Will Breazeale. Breazeale is not new to campaigning, so in the conservative 7th, this executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 323rd Regiment in the Army Reserves might give McIntyre a strong fight for the seat.....but I doubt it.

Yes, the district votes Republican, but so does Mike! It's going to take more than a military background to beat the entrenched Blue Dog.

Breazeale has served three tours in Iraq, according to info out there on the web. You can find his web site here with a schedule of his announcement tour. I'm not going to be able to attend any of his events, so I went looking for more information on Breazeale.

Lookie what I found.

The story is from the Robesonian. It isn't about Breazeale, but about Army Reserves recruiting efforts and it is from 2004...but good googly moogly...it's an eye-opener.

The story is about the difficulty the Army Reserves has in recruiting new soldiers. The piece opens and is fairly positive. Breazeale sounds like the perfect little cheerleader for the Army. Then it gets ugly.

In addition to "beating the bushes," the Army is also implementing a change that allows certain individuals to become commissioned officers who have traditionally qualified to enter only in the ranks of the enlisted. The standard to be commissioned by the United States Congress as a second lieutenant normally requires the applicant to hold a four-year degree. However, the Army Reserve has temporarily lowered that education requirement to two years of college.

Ah yes, we're lowering our standards. How very American. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a lot more secure knowing this.

Oh...but that's not all!

In addition to lowering the requirement to become an officer, Breazeale said the Army has changed things in other ways to entice recruits.

In other words, this is not your father's Army, says Breazeale.

"Boot camp is not nearly as tough as it used to be," Breazeale said. "We do everything we can to help a soldier pass basic training. It costs about $30,000 per recruit just to get them through boot camp. We don't want to lose that investment. We want you to pass."

Breazeale said physical requirements have been eased and boot camp instructors are no longer allowed to swear at recruits or touch them in a menacing manner.

Riiiight, because the enemy isn't going to be shooting real bullets at you or cursing you. Today's enemy invites you for freaking TEA!

Oh, yeah, we're most certainly safer since 9/11.

He also wants to ease the minds of many would-be soldiers who are scared away by a long commitment to the armed forces and the threat of dying on the battlefield.

"We don't want you in the Army if you're not happy, because that's not good for you or us," Breazeale said. "So if you want out after two years, there are ways to accommodate you.

Apparently he hadn't invisioned the military's stop-loss policy. How very short-sighted of him. Breazeale's certainly not looking like someone I want serving this state in Congress. This last statement was the kicker for me.

"And as far as being concerned about becoming a casualty in Iraq, there are a little over 1,000,000 in the Reserves and 140,000 serving in Iraq. With 1,100 killed so far, .007 percent have lost their lives. It is too many but it's not a huge percentage."

Holy mother of Pearl. Sure, let's all go run and join up because not THAT many soldiers have died for this Godawful war, built on lies by a chicken shit president.

McIntyre might not vote the way we want much of the time, but the last thing we need is another Republican cheerleader. We've had enough of those the past eight years and from what I see in this article, Breazeale does not have the judgment to serve the citizens of this state.

Lowering standards to make it easier for the military to recruit might meet recruiting goals, but it doesn't make us safer. He doesn't seem to realize that.


I'm sure he's a nice guy

and I'm sure he was just doing his job. Does he really believe what he said?

Heading out to walk with the gals.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Another Military Psyc-Ops Republican candiate trys to surge?

I'm sure he's a nice guy*Betsy Muse

Maybe! But like all military-industrial-complex pysch-ops candiates, He would zap you in a military heart beat if you smile wrong.

and I'm sure he was just doing his job. Does he really believe what he said? *Betsy Muse

Yep and he really believes the program Bush agenda robo military is the way of the neo-con future. No doubt a clear and present danger to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights...

I'm jealous

At least NC-7 has a Repug challenger. All of NC-11s hopefuls keep dropping out of the race. Now the only credible candidates left are Carl Mumpower and... well... you-know-who.



His numbers are hanky.

Aren't there a total of ~160,000 troops in Iraq? I'm pretty confident that they aren't all Reservists. I mean, we do actually have 'regular Army' over there.

And, haven't we had more than 3,000 casualties? Not to mention the 40,000+ severe injuries (you know, like loss of limb and brain injury)...

While the number of deaths could be described as "not a huge percentage" we're looking at 1 in 4 coming home with a permenant brain injury or missing an arm or leg.

Gee, where do I sign up?

Larry Kissell Welcomes Ambassador Joe Wilson to Charlotte Sept 22.

It was written in 2004

I didn't try to redo his math. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Think about them using that logic, though.

Anyone with a teenager knows that recruitment is a fact of life. .007 (James Bond numbers, anyone?) is indeed a very small percentage, and what 17 year old with few prospects for getting a good education otherwise would be able to easily turn down a $20,000 signing bonus, free college education, and only a 7/1000% chance of being killed? You could make the argument that you'd have a greater chance of dying in a car wreck than you would of dying in Iraq.

One young woman in my son's class was convinced of this - she did her basic training this summer. When she graduates from high school next year, she will be part of the National Guard. She signed up the day she turned 17. (I don't know for a fact that she received a bonus. The education part was the draw for her.)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I understand why they use that logic

But it's still perverse when combined with the rest of what was said.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Perverse indeed.

That was exactly my point. They are preying on young people with skewed numbers (you can make statistics say anything you want - just look at that thread where they're talking about IRV voting!). My heart broke when I learned about my son's young friend. I've watched this young woman grow up. She was convinced by a recruiter that in order to receive the education she wanted, the only financial option she had was to enlist. They had been "working" on her since she was 15. 15! She doesn't have parents present in her life, and in another time, the National Guard would have been a terrific option for her. She said they "promised" that she wouldn't be deployed to Iraq. You and I both know that is a promise that can't be made, and can't be kept.

I think anyone who decides to serve their country by enlisting in the military is doing an honorable thing. I believe that the men and women who knowingly mislead impressionable young people who don't have responsible adults looking out for them just so that they can fill a quota are lower than pond scum.

And so now you know what I think about the Republican challenging Mr. McIntyre. And yes - I make snap judgments - just like that. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Amen, Betsy.

When the choice of entrees is between a pile of dirt and a pile of shat, 4 out of 5 Doctors prefer the dirt.

On another note, what this admin has done to the military is just criminal. I use to work with a lot of vets and I can't tell you how many times I heard, in reference to a coworker's teen about ready to turn 18 and graduate from HS and didn't know what they were going to do ....

"Uncle Sam is always hiring!"

spoken loud and proud. And back around 2001, that was good hearted advice from men and women who got great coms and leadership training from Uncle Sam, and it had worked out very well for them. They came out into the real world and doubled their pay, no matter their rank. But then again, this was before we invaded Iraq. Don't know if any of those guys/gals would give that advice to a kid nowadays.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I have several friends

Who went in as officers - college graduates and gave 20 years service and are out with excellent pensions, benefits and great second careers. I simply don't think this is a reality any longer - or at least not as common a reality. The Bush administration is reducing and denying as many benefits as possible.

I have no problem with recruiters selling the opportunities available through the military. I do have a problem with them lying about what these opportunities really are......or were back in 2004. I have a problem with, "We won't be mean to you and you probably won't die anyway." I believe in a strong military. Does that sound like Breazeale is selling? Yikes.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


I have a problem with, "We won't be mean to you and you probably won't die anyway."

It's deceptive, dishonest, and dishonorable. It goes against everything I know about the people I know who are serving or who have served in the military. They are not hucksters and liars, preying on little girls, as I described above. The members of the military that I know, the veterans that I know, to a person, are honorable people. I realize that there are bad apples everywhere - but I've been fortunate not to run into them. (Admittedly - I steer clear of Bragg Blvd on a Friday night!)

Look how low Bush has sunk us. We should not be ashamed, but he should.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

It's really tough to see what the past eight years has done

to our military.

Not too many years ago the promises made to your son's friend would have been genuine.

It is so sad.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

How is the 7th Republican

The district has voted for a few Republican's for president but has not had a Republican congressman since reconstruction. From the court house to the state house the district is overwhelming Democrat. Mike won by about 70% in the last election. The closest I recall a Republican coming to winning the 7th was about 58% to 42% and that was a landslide year for Republicans everywhere. I don't agree with McIntyre on a lot of issues (A LOT) but his seat is a safe one.

That's what I was thinking...

Agreed...it's probably the fourth safest Dem District in the state next to the 4th, 12th and 1st.
Not a liberal district, of course...certainly on the blue dog side of things...but very Dem nonetheless.

Conservative Dems

vote Republican or for very conservative Dems - especially on the national stage. Mike McIntyre is a fairly conservative Democrat. He starts voting a pure Progressive agenda and his fanny is gone. Are the Dems elected in your area more moderate than liberal? If they are, there's nothing wrong with that since they mirror the people they represent, but it does help explain local Dem and national Rep voting habits.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.