With the war waging in Iraq, recruitments for the military have fallen sharply. But the blame falls on the media.
Several Senate Republicans denounced other lawmakers and the news media on Thursday for unfavorable depictions of the Iraq war and the Pentagon urged members of Congress to talk up military service to help ease a recruiting shortfall.
Families are discouraging young men and women from enlisting “because of all the negative media that’s out there,” Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said at a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
Inhofe also said that other senators’ criticism of the war contributed to the propaganda of U.S. enemies. He did not name the senators.
Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker urged members of Congress to use “your considerable influence to explain to the American people and to those that are influencers out there how important it is for our young people to serve this nation at a time like this.”
“With the deluge of negative news that we get daily, it’s just amazing to me that anybody would want to sign up,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican.
It has less to do with the negative media and more to do with the rising American casualty rate. But Republicans have always played the blame game. (I am surprised that they haven’t blamed Clinton yet.)
It’s not surprising that people will shy away from a war that is based on falsifications. Time to address the issues and reel in the troops.Powered by Sidelines