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Bush’s “Sacrifice”

May 27th, 2008

Here’s how Bush wants us to “sacrifice” for the troops in respect to Memorial Day:

This Memorial Day, I ask all Americans to honor the sacrifices of those who have served you and our country. One way to do so is by joining in a moment of remembrance that will be marked across our country at 3:00 p.m. local time. At that moment, Major League Baseball games will pause, the National Memorial Day parade will halt, Amtrak trains will blow their whistles, and buglers in military cemeteries will play Taps. You can participate by placing a flag at a veteran’s grave, taking your family to the battlefields where freedom was defended, or saying a silent prayer for all the Americans who were delivered out of the agony of war to meet their Creator. Their bravery has preserved the country we love so dearly.

Don’t give the soldiers sufficient equipment–not even after five years of war–because that would mean less money for mercenaries and crony-no-bid-contracts. Don’t allow their flag-draped coffins to be shown or their funerals made public, because that would be politically inconvenient. Don’t keep veteran’s hospitals up to spec–in fact, let them deteriorate into hell holes. Lengthen their tours of duty, bring them back again and again with stop-loss. Deny them extra pay or benefits, even take away some. Boost recruitment by lowering education standards and even allow criminals to apply. And for god’s sake, don’t ever give them a decent exit package, like paying for their education in any reasonable way, because in repayment for their war service, we want to lock them into fighting on the battlefields for longer than is humanly possible, as evidenced by the skyrocketing post-service suicide rate amongst veterans.

No, honor them with a moment of silence, a few bands playing, maybe a train whistle here or there. More than they deserve.

This is how George A. W. O. L. Bush “honors” the troops (aside from giving up golf, kind of), with McCain lapping at his heels. Anyone who supports this should be ashamed.

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