Frontier Former Editor

October 7, 2007

And if you really support the troops . . .

stop spending money on those tacky-assed magnetic yellow or red-white-and-blue “Support Our Troops” ribbons and start riding the collective ass of your elected officials from legislators on up to the f*ckwit masquerading as Commander-in-Chief.

Latest example (courtesy of WCSH, Portland, Maine, ayuh):

National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (NBC) — When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit. The tour lasted 22 months and had been extended as part of President Bush’s surge.

1st Lt. Jon Anderson said he never expected to come home to this: A government refusing to pay education benefits he says he should have earned under the GI bill.

“It’s pretty much a slap in the face,” Anderson said. “I think it was a scheme to save money, personally. I think it was a leadership failure by the senior Washington leadership… once again failing the soldiers.”

Anderson’s orders, and the orders of 1,161 other Minnesota guard members, were written for 729 days.

Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would receive those benefits to pay for school.”

And, fittingly enough, inset into the above article was this . . . .

  • Enlist In The U.S. Army

    Enlistment bonuses of up to $40,000 100% college tuition reimbursement.

    officialarmy.com

  • I am so goddamned tired of my government.

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    4 Comments »

    1. Wow, isn’t that a pisser!
      So what, specifically, can we do?

      Comment by The Bagel of Everything — October 8, 2007 @ 7:04 am

    2. Ah, I thought you’d never ask.

      – Go to thomas.loc.gov to obtain the postal and e-mail addresses of your congressperson and senator.

      – Write them a letter (preferrably not a form letter) telling them that:

      a) you’re severely concerned that the administration and Congress have mouthed eternal platitudes about supporting the troops

      b) despite their lip service, thousands of National Guardsmen, reservists and regulars have fought long and hard in an ill-conceived campaign that continues to bear strong resemblance to the British colonial history in that area and to the French postwar colonial experience in North Africa and Indochina.

      c) we’re lucky that our men and women in uniform haven’t decided to assassinate the current leadership, as a group of French officers damn near did to de Gaulle.

      d) this little imperial adventure has, according to the national intelligence establishment’s own assessments, actually spawned more terrorist activity (and nasty, sectarian activity at that) than it has squelched.

      e) (if your representative is a Republican) it was the vast middle class discontentment with the Vietnam war that forced Lyndon Johnson out of office and it can happen to you in ’08

      f) (if your representative is a Democrat) a do-nothing track record on dealing with this adventure can get you lopped off at the polls as quickly as the republicans stand to lose the White House in ’08

      g) U.S. servicemembers and their families comprise millions of registered voters

      h) Tossing hundreds of thousands of young and not-so-young men and women into a colonialist adventure after leaving Afghanistan half-done is a waste of treasure; giving them a chance to better themselves through education is an investment.

      When you write this, use your own words.

      Don’t be smartassed but be cooly polite – that can be frightening enough en masse.

      And please remember – the motherf*ckers work for you, not vice versa

      Comment by Frontier Former Editor — October 8, 2007 @ 7:46 am

    3. Le pauvre Senor FFE

      Courage, mon brave, courage

      You could have Britain’s Government, instead

      Yours ever

      G Eagle

      PS Which British Colonial Campaign are you referring to ?

      Aden & Oman seem to have been small-scale, compared with 2007 Iraq

      Palestine 1948 is yet another area of Aquilan bewilderment – the 1948 British Withdrawal seems to have been (like 1956 Suez) driven by British Financial collapse, under US pressure, which in turn led to the collapse of the (seemingly) mild Iraqi Monarchy to be replaced soon by Mr Saddam … and the rest is history …

      Comment by G Eagle Esq — October 8, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    4. ‘Cos if we educate the soldiers, then the terrorists have already won?

      Canada would probably have you, but be warned that our own government finds standing on its hind legs a bit dizzying, so it tends to crouch. Fawningly.

      So they’re using FBI files to stop Code Pink ladies at the border. I’m sure they have a terror alert on you.

      But all is not lost: if you can make it to Seattle, contact a person named “Raincoaster”. We’ll arrange to smuggle you out.

      Bring a box of windsheild wipers and some soft toilet paper wouldja? ‘Cos things are tough up here in teh Soviet Canuckistan.

      Comment by Metro — October 11, 2007 @ 7:50 pm


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