Military Madness 3/1/06

I learned today that the United States Marine Corps is blocking internet sites with content critical of Bush's War in Iraq. If you're a reporter interested in freedom of the press or just an individual citizen dedicated to an honest, professional military, this should scare the shit out of you. As we watch support for BushCo among men and women on active duty plummet, this reaction is perfectly predictable from our KGB government. What better way to keep up morale than allowing warfighters to hear nothing but the party line from the Bushbots running the Department of Defense.

Any person on active duty in North Carolina should be outraged about this kind of censorship. And if you're not, well, you'll get what you deserve. Because Bush is going to keep playing wartime president, sending you and your buddies into conflict, not giving a shit if you die or lose your arms or lose your mind. You, dear soldier, are totally fucked. It's times like that that I'm embarrassed that I ever wore a uniform with pride.


Don't be embarrassed

We ask a lot out of our military, but we shouldn't be asking our servicemen and -women to become hackers to collect news on the internet. This is a familiar theme: here we have these people who are willing to stand on the front lines for our country, and we put some bullshit extra burden on them. Between using soldiers and sailors as photo ops, cutting their healthcare, providing inadequate body armor and now this, the current administration clearly has no respect for the military. They should be embarrassed, not you.

Free Speech Zones....

censored media for our military,lowered benefits to those that serve, more wealth to the wealthier, invitation only speeches by the administration...hmmm, one would think this was Stalinist Russia, instead of the "Greatest Country in the World".

Don't worry anglico, the military ain't buying it either. The Tide that's turning will become a tidal surge, and we all know how the administration handled the last one in New Orleans.

I hope you're right

and I'm doing everything I can to help. I'm just worried that censorship and Big Brother will result in a military that's even further isolated from the mainstream in America.

according to this...

A new poll released this week by Le Moyne College/Zogby shows some astounding contradictions to the relentless rhetoric that Bush has been spewing about our soldiers' desire to "complete the mission." 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, while 29% want an immediate pullout, with 22% calling for a withdrawal in six months (John Murtha, are you listening?). Only 23% believes the Bush mantra that they should stay "as long as they are needed." While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say our role is anything but. Most believe that the enemy we're fighting is comprised of Iraqi insurgents rather than outside terrorists. And perhaps most amazing is that 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly "to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks" and 77% said they also believe the primary reason for the war was "to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq." See how well propaganda works?