Skip to main content

View Diary: Cheers and Jeers: Thursday (313 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Belated C&J (4.00)
    I wasn't even going to Cheer & Jeer today because, like, I have work to do, but then I saw
    this story about our Marines and soldiers paying for body armor out of pocket and the DoD's failure to reimburse them, notwithstanding the law of the land, not that Republicans such as Donald Rumsfeld have ever cared much about little things like the law and the welfare of our troops. That's for the little people.

    "Your expectation is that when you are sent to war, that our government does everything they can do to protect the lives of our people, and anything less than that is not good enough," said a former Marine who spent nearly $1,000 two weeks ago to buy lower-body armor for his son, a Marine serving in Fallujah.

    The father asked that he be identified only by his first name -- Gordon -- because he is afraid of retribution against his son.

    "I wouldn't have cared if it cost us $10,000 to protect our son, I would do it," said Gordon. "But I think the U.S. has an obligation to make sure they have this equipment and to reimburse for it. I just don't support Donald Rumsfeld's idea of going to war with what you have, not what you want. You go to war prepared, and you don't go to war until you are prepared."

    There you have it - a former Marine is afraid of retribution against his son, a Marine still serving in Iraq, because the father dares to speak out against the DoD. That's one of the things that are awful and wrong about the Republicans in power today. They have succeeded in making people afraid to pay the price to challenge their authority. Republicans may yet manage to kill democracy in this country if people are now afraid to challenge even an indecent and illegal failure to care for our military personnel.

    Oh, I almost forgot: JEERS to Donald Rumsfeld for failing to either supply adequate armor or implement the armor cost reimbursement policy. Come on, it's one or the other.

    Cheers to Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) for holding the Republicans' feet to the fire. Once again, Democratic lawmakers support the troops, while Republicans whine about how much it would cost to do something like that.

    In other Iraq news, I note that the Army National Guard missed its recruting goals again, for the 9th straight month and 17 of the last 18 months, and is now 19,000 troops understrength. An Army of One is creeping closer to reality as people vote with their feet.

    OK, now that I've got that out of my system, Cheers to Ronnie Earle for just doing his job. More Cheers to William Gibson, no not the SF writer, the grand jury foreman, who in this story says that he and the grand jury were just doing their job too.

    The grand jury's foreman, William Gibson, told The Associated Press that Earle didn't pressure members one way or the other. "Ronnie Earle didn't indict him. The grand jury indicted him," Gibson told The Associated Press in an interview at his home.

    Gibson, 76, a retired sheriff's deputy in Austin, said of DeLay: "He's probably doing a good job. I don't have anything against him. Just something happened."

    Yeah, something happened all right. Let's not let anyone forget the Republican culture of corruption in 2006.

    The sleep of reason produces monsters. Francisco Goya

    by Dire Radiant on Thu Sep 29, 2005 at 10:01:34 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site