Thursday, June 30, 2005

IT IS OUR FAULT IRAQ IS BAD

EMAIL YOUNG REPUBLICANS!
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From Jesus' General and Crooks and Liars.com

An ongoing campaign to get the Young Republicans to enlist. They are holding a convention in Las Vegas next week and not one of them is volunteering to join the military and fight for freedom and for their leader, Bush.

Please feel free to email these leaders of the Young Republicans and encourage them to do the right thing for once:

Nathan Taylor
Chairman, YRNC 2005, Inc.
nathan@yrnc2005.com

Grant Friedman
Marketing Director, YRNC 2005, Inc.
grant@yrnc2005.com

Allie Patrick
Registration Director, YRNC 2005, Inc.
allie@yrnc2005.com

Robert Arnakis at rarnakis@limail.us. (head of the Leadership institute!)
Phone inquiries can be directed to 703-247-2000 x 536.

Didn't take long for our chickenhawk strutters to start blaming others for their lack of courage and forsight and bad planning and strategic and tactical blunders.

From Reuters:
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 (news, bio, voting record), 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."
No Republican seems to be asking their children to sign up, it seems! The Young Republicans are very angry that we are demanding they put their money where their puckered up little mouths are and sign up but they won't. Not a single one.

There are 100,000 "Little Green Footballs" subscribers to that rank rightwingloon site and of that number, the recruits this year are exactly zero. Not one.

Worse, the recruiters are forbidden to appear at the Young Republican's convention. I say, shut the doors, post armed guards at every exit and forcibly sign up the whole lot of them. They can then be escorted onto waiting buses and shipped out. Nothing less will work.

This ratty, squealing mess in Iraq is the responsiblilty of those people who voted for Bush, who voted for military intervention, who wave flags, who yell, "Bring them on," who backed this mess. I demonstrated against the war. I resisted it from day one. I even thought the war in Afghanistan was stupid. I was for a specially trained unit to storm bin Laden's hideouts and take him to justice. Most of the people of Afghanistan had nothing to do with him.

Now they do. Our hunt for him has now alienated many of the villagers there and we are now the targets of their own manhunt.

The day Bush gave his speech asking for soldiers, sort of, feebly, 20 soldiers died in our wars over there. More are dying each day. Time for the Republican leadership to ask anyone under the age of 55 who is related to them to join. This includes mothers and wives, all of them. They are needed, they better show up and prove they are real patriots.

From USA Today:
Near the end of his speech on Iraq on Tuesday night, President Bush issued an appeal: “To those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces.”

Bush's single-sentence call to service was his first in an Iraq speech, and it was better than no call at all. Even so, it was far less than he might have done to aid beleaguered Army recruiters, who are about 15% behind their year-to-date target despite meeting their goal in June for the first time in five months.

Today's all-volunteer Army is better described as an all-recruited Army. That Army is being tested as never before by an increasingly unpopular conflict, one that was based on false premises but has morphed into part of the war on terror. If recruitment fails, the only alternative is a draft.

Making recruitment work means giving the Defense Department the tools it needs to target prospective soldiers. This includes the database allowed in the No Child Left Behind school reform law, which requires high schools to release to the military names and contact information for their students.

It also includes a separate recruitment database purchased by the Pentagon from private sources. That's more worrisome from a privacy standpoint, but it's certainly preferable to bringing back the draft.
This article details the increasingly intrusive ways the military is using to grab our non-Young Republican children and toss them into this war. But here is the kicker:
Last fall, Charles Moskos of Northwestern University, a prominent expert on military manpower, asked a group of recruiters what would most help them: tripling bonuses or enlisting presidential daughter Jenna Bush.

The recruiters' choice was unanimous: Jenna Bush.
Last fall? That long ago? And didn't this information get passed up the ranks by the generals who Bush claimed, didn't ask for more troops? Huh? Hey, dudes! You got to break into this chimp's bubble at Never Neverwhite House and tell him what is going on! Get those GOP Senators to go! Maybe they can break through!

Oh, I forgot, they are in the same bubble.

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