Friday, June 10, 2005

MILITARY MORALE-MORALS

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"I want to thank my old allies, the Bush family, for my rising popularity."

As our military's human elements fall apart, we soldier on increasingly without soldiers. None of the on the ground services came anywhere near their recent recruitment goals. Even with relaxed standards approaching the French Foreign Legion's famous "I joined so I could forget (a crime)" boast, recruitment is way down. The GOP dare not tank the economy so badly as to force people to join out of desperation so they chose the option of making going to school too expensive for the working class route, cutting all the funds to those people's financing.

The human toll rises every day even as corporate America keeps the death/bodily injury statistics off the headlines.
The number of active-duty soldiers getting divorced has been rising sharply with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
The trend is severest among officers. Last year, 3,325 Army officers' marriages ended in divorce — up 78% from 2003, the year of the Iraq invasion, and more than 3 1/2 times the number in 2000, before the Afghan operation, Army figures show. For enlisted personnel, the 7,152 divorces last year were 28% more than in 2003 and up 53% from 2000. During that time, the number of soldiers has changed little.
Divorces doubled since the Clinton years? Amazing. This is thanks to our "family loving" dear demented GOP Bible waving anti-gay marriage lunatics running America, whipping us along. Not one of these marriages died because a gay guy kissed a gay guy bride! Not one.

So where is the outrage?
"There is a deep concern and some significant resources aimed at helping families survive," says Lt. Col. Peter Frederich, a chaplain who has just been assigned to oversee policy and resources in the Army's family support programs.

Col. Glenn Bloomstrum, another chaplain, says that five years ago, the Army instituted one-day workshops to help soldiers and spouses talk about war experiences and ease the transition from combat to home. More recently, weekend marriage-education retreats have been introduced.
Famously, through history, the men who adored combat the most and spent many happy years hanging out with the buddies, messing around, had either latent or overt homosexual tendencies. Some military cultures such as the Spartans encouraged that tendency. The Mongol rulers famously loved males they captured. This clashes with the right wing Christians in America's belief systems and phobias. Yet even here, the military admits the "bonding" of the men with each other overwhelms any sense of bonding with a mere female. A one day workshop can't fix this deep, psychological mental redirection. Some anthropologists suggest the entire concept of males banding together to fight is due to strong homosexual genetic wiring in the brain that evolved over three million years of struggling to survive in a world where other homoerectus descendants were out to cannibalize each other. The survivors of this frightening game were the ones who could exploit male-bonded bands who consented to produce children sporadically. Not being pregnant all the timebenefitedd the females of this rising species for the troops were very mobile due to the harsh conditions of the great Ice Ages.

The Afghan "army" is also falling apart rapidly.
Hundreds of soldiers have deserted the Afghan National Army complaining of poor conditions and fierce resistance from theTalibann, US officials say.
It is a blow to the Afghan government which wants to increase the size of the force so the numbers of international troops in the country can be reduced.
You can bet, the USA will accuse the Afghanis of being crummy soldiers! Unwilling to fight unlike "USA! USA!" proud American soldiers! This willful ignorance of a very militant, nay, hyper militant society will be out fatal undoing in Afghanistan. Why has no one ever tamed that place?

Well....it is the embodiment of the male-bonding/female bondage society! It lives to fight, and does so with fierce abandon. There really are no families, there are clans and the clans, just like the famous Highlanders of Britain, fight so ferociously that even the Romans gave up trying to tame them and built a wall instead! Calling these people cowards because the disconnected outcasts we hire to be our Quislings have no desire to fight for nonclan members is a willful disregard of reality.

The information in this article is easily understood by military historians who use anthropological data. The Pentagon has access to this information just like I have access to it: via libraries! And in particular, history books. It is incumbent for our military leaders to understand these fundamental facts of life but it clashes with political propaganda pap so they ignore it...to our collective peril!

Americans are now being attacked frequently and successfully in Afghanistan by a resurgent and triumphant Taliban!

Now for the even more pathetic military collapse: Iraq.


An hour before dawn, the sky still clouded by a dust storm, the soldiers of the Iraqi army's Charlie Company began their mission with a ballad to ousted president Saddam Hussein. "We have lived in humiliation since you left," one sang in Arabic, out of earshot of his U.S. counterparts. "We had hoped to spend our life with you."

But the Iraqi soldiers had no clue where they were going. They shrugged their shoulders when asked what they would do. The U.S. military had billed the mission as pivotal in the Iraqis' progress as a fighting force but had kept the destination and objectives secret out of fear the Iraqis would leak the information to insurgents.
Vietnam alert! Code red!!!

Gads! Can't our rulers learn anything? When our military officers go to those stupid schools here, don't the military historians teaching tell the students about Vietnam? Or are they fed propaganda and lies and silly fairy tales? Geeze, even reading "Little Red Ridinghood" might arm them with some intellectual pizzazz so they can riddle their way out of insanely stupid messes! But nooooo.....

Taking desperate, disconnected Iraqi men who are desperate for money and turning them into slaves to be hauled around by sneering foreign guards who want to shove them into killing their own people---and we are putting Saddam on trial for this very crime!---is a recipe for disaster.
Charlie Company disintegrated once after its commander was killed by a car bomb in December. And members of the unit were threatening to quit en masse this week over complaints that ranged from dismal living conditions to insurgent threats. Across a vast cultural divide, language is just one impediment. Young Iraqi soldiers, ill-equipped and drawn from a disenchanted Sunni Arab minority, say they are not even sure what they are fighting for. They complain bitterly that their American mentors don't respect them.
Vietnam alert! Code red! I remember fragging officiers. The Vietnamese slaves sent into the hinterlands to kill fellow Vietnamese peasants often arranges surprises for their "leaders". And "ill equipped"? Hahahaha. We spend how much a month there? $4+billion? Like Vietnam, none of this money goes where it might do some good.
The Iraqi soldiers were a grim lot, patrolling streets where they lived and mosques where they worshiped. As they entered their neighborhoods, some of them donned black balaclavas and green scarves to mask their identities. They passed graffiti on walls that, like the town, were colored in shades of brown. "Yes to the leader Saddam," one slogan read. "Long live the mujaheddin," said another. Nearly all the men had received leaflets warning them to quit; the houses of several had been attacked by insurgents.
It is amusing this article doesn't say "Vietnam" anywhere. This is much worse. Saddam is a hero now. That horrible man has been elevated to near god status though not as high as bin Laden who is the apex of anti-american sentiment.

"Honestly, I don't think people in America understand how touchy the situation really is right now," McGovern said. "We have the military power, the military might, but we're handling everything with kid gloves because we're hoping the Iraqis are going to step up and start taking things on themselves. But they don't have a clue how to do it."

Asked when he thought the Iraqi soldiers might be ready to operate independently, McGovern said: "Honestly, there's part of me that says never. There's some cultural issues that I don't think they'll ever get through."
These "cultural issues" are what? Why can't the article detail them? Isn't this inability to "fight" directly tied to the fact that we are an alien occupying force being driven back to the wall by popular, yes, popular support of anyone resisting the American empire? And how did our smug officers get the idea that Iraqis don't know how to run a police state? Excuse me, they invented it 6,000 years ago! And ran it very effectively as recently as ten years ago! Amazing. This blind spot is due to willful arrogance. And it is part of our problem with interacting with this planet. We truly think we are not only number one but we are the only possible number one.
The men are housed at what they call simply "the base," a place as sparse as the name. Most of the Iraqis sleep in two tents and a shed with a concrete floor and corrugated tin roof that is bereft of walls. Some have cots; others sleep on cardboard or pieces of plywood stacked with tattered and torn blankets. The air conditioners are broken. There is no electricity.

Drinking water comes from a sun-soaked camouflage tanker whose meager faucet also provides water for bathing.

"This is the shower of the National Guard, Baiji Division," said Tala Izba, 23, a corporal, as others laughed.

"Mines, car bombs and our duties, and then we have to come back to this?" said another soldier, Kamil Khalaf.

Pvt. Aziz Nawaf, 23, shook his head. "At night, I'm so hot I feel like my skin is going to peel off," he said.

Almost to a man, the soldiers said they joined for the money -- a relatively munificent $300 to $400 a month. The military and police forces offered some of the few job opportunities in town. Even then, the soldiers were irate: They wanted more time off, air-conditioned quarters like their American counterparts and, most important, respect. Most frustrating, they said, was the two- or three-hour wait to be searched at the base's gate when they returned from leave.

The soldiers said 17 colleagues had quit in the past few days.

"In 15 days, we're all going to leave," Nawaf declared.

The two-dozen soldiers gathered nodded their heads.

"All of us," Khalaf said. "We'll live by God, but we'll have our respect."

But the Americans said the Iraqis hadn't earned respect. "As Arab men, they want for us to think that they're just the same as us as soldiers, that they're just as brave," Cato said. "But they show cowardice. They'll say to me, 'I wasn't afraid.' But if you're running, then you were obviously not just afraid, you were running away."
The open disrespect and contempt is astonishing. These Iraqis are treated as traitors, which they were forced into, by our own forces who look down on them and act as if...reminds me of the Deep South which is where many officers come from. Those "darkies" are "cowards" and "stupid" and deserve second class sleeping quarters and contempt.

This entire enterprise is doomed. It is doomed because of American intransgence.

Talking about cowards---
Even after reducing its recruiting target for May, the Army missed it by about 25 percent, Army officials said on Tuesday. The shortfall would have been even bigger had the Army stuck to its original goal for the month. On Friday, the Army is expected to announce that it met only 75 percent of its recruiting goal for May, the fourth consecutive monthly shortfall in the number of new recruits sent to basic training. Just over 5,000 new recruits entered boot camp in May.

But the news could have appeared worse. Early last month, the Army, with no public notice, lowered its long-stated May goal to 6,700 recruits from 8,050. Compared with the original target, the Army achieved only 62.6 percent of its goal for the month.

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Note the total cessation of recruitment during the election! And right afterwards, to cement Bush's mandate! If half of the nation marched to the polls to vote for Bush's war, why did recruitment collapse that very same month?

Oh yes, we leveled Fallujah in a Nazi spasm of retribution! And took many casualties that made it to the front pages! Yup. Americans are braver than Iraqis who even blow themselves up in desperate attacks....yup.
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