The news is full of reports that the Bush Administration is about to attack Iran over their nuclear program. But one has to ask — with what army?
Frequent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the Army and National Guard to the breaking point, and 270,000 Guard soldiers — 60 percent of the force — have already hit their limit for overseas combat. But never fear, such "quaint" service limitations on the Federal usage of State militias won't be observed by the needy Bush Administration once the midterm elections in November are completed.
In the meantime, the Army valiantly struggles to meet the demands placed upon it by a president and his top Cabinet officers who never experienced war first-hand (except for the now-departed and unlamented Vietnam veteran Colin Powell). Even though only two or three combat brigades in the entire Army – perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 troops – are fully trained and sufficiently equipped to respond quickly to crises (including responding to hurricanes and other natural disasters and deploying to Korea if conflict broke out there), and others are only about half strength, under-trained, and unequipped, they soldier on.
There is a lot of talk out of those who support the Wars For Oil, but no walk. Luckily for the Bush Administration, there are those who are attempting to ease the manpower shortages facing our military by challenging Bush supporters to enlist in the war they have to date expected others to fight.
For instance, Operation Yellow Elephant (OYE) asks a very pertinent question: It's their war. Why aren't they fighting it?
OYE reports that conservative columnist Linda Chavez wants "More Boots on the Ground" in Iraq, claiming that "If we had twice the number of troops when we first entered Iraq, we might not be fighting there today."
There is a way that war supporters can ensure that Chavez' desire for an increase in occupation forces can be realized. Recruiting year FY-2007 begins next Sunday, and the Army is looking for 80,000 good men (and most likely, good women), but somehow the allure of a military career fighting George's Crusade For Crude isn't causing military recruiters to complain about overwork!
As OYE so poignantly puts it: "If you are an American citizen 18-41 and support the war, if you haven't visited your local Armed Forces Recruiting Center to volunteer for military service, then you're a Yellow Elephant. If you won't encourage real conservative American patriots to volunteer for military service to put More Boots on the Ground, you're just blowing smoke."
One of the most public of these Yellow Elephants is Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) (August 2005), who publicly declined to accept the opportunity to encourage his children to enlist in the military to support his party leader's campaign to dominate the world's petroleum reserves for the benefit of golf-playing SUV owners.
It's a good thing other batters are stepping up to the plate. One soldier, whose enlistment would have expired except for the invocation of stop-loss, wrote to Operation Yellow Elephant to encourage youthful conservative war supporters to enlist:
Jeremiah Abershawe: Hey there, just finished up my second tour in Iraq. It is my last. The Army, because of manning issues, was forced to stop-loss me. The majority of my platoon was stop-lossed. We are due to leave the Army within the next 90 days. Will you be the one to take up the arms we lay down?
This experienced fighter knows better than to expect the loud mouths of the angry youthful right to rise to the defense of their government's anti-terror, pro-oil-control strategy. They aren't brave enough:
LOL! I think not. Stay at home with mommy and daddy where it's safe and your bank account is kept full!
There are other good reasons to stay home, kiddies – your mother wouldn't like it if you got killed in the War for Oil – and your leader isn't going to really care.
There is every reason to vote against the Republicans in November — the party supports a man who couldn't find oil in Texas, didn't know how to run a baseball team, couldn't win a Congressional race in a Republican district, had to have Diebold and the Supreme Court declare him president, who continued to read My Pet Goat after being notified that the nation had been attacked by Al Qaeda, and who shouldn't be conducting a brush-clearing campaign, much less a war.
Before much longer, American forces with much more modern technology will be "accomplishing" their Iraq mission longer than the Greatest Generation needed to defeat Hitler and Tojo while restarting the Depression-rusty American industrial machine.
Wasn't starting a war with an already-operational industrial base enough of a head start to defeat Saddam?
At least Bush's war-veteran father had the good grace to care about those he sent into battle, unlike his Silver-Foot-In-Mouth, Born-On-The-Base-Known-As-Third scion. War losses of any kind don't register with those who have never been directly involved themselves — yet another reason for us to encourage those who want war, but won't fight it themselves, to enlist. It's their war, or they wouldn't support others fighting it. They should be the ones to fight it. It's the patriotic thing to do.
Why should they waste all of those hours playing America's Army? Do it for real! Do it now! Uncle George Wants You!Powered by Sidelines