Colby Buzzell, author of My War: Killing Time in Iraq one of the best Iraq memoirs out there–has been called up from the IRR and will be returning to Iraq. For reasons that I’ve specified in the past, this is utter horseshit. Our country is in sad shape when cowards like Matthew Continetti and Jason Mattera are allowed to refuse to serve–instead choosing to cheer from the bench–while people like Colby Buzzell are forced to go involuntarily again and again.
This is nothing less than a backdoor draft. And it’s wrong. We need to either have a draft or not have a draft. But one way or the other, these IRR mobilizations need to stop.
Here’s part of Buzzell’s take on his own situation (though you should go read the whole thing in the San Francisco Chronicle:
As far back as I could remember, I wanted to be in the Army. I don’t know where it came from (my dad was a Navy veteran, after all), but I was enthralled by military history. I couldn’t get enough of it. But it wasn’t enough to simply read about the military. I wanted to be a part of it as soon as I could.
…I really was looking forward to applying my GI Bill to photography classes so I could learn how to take pictures. But now, thanks to not enough Americans volunteering for military service, I now have to worry about my picture appearing on the second or third page of my hometown paper with the words, “it was his second deployment” in my obituary.
That’s at the very end of the article that deserves to be read in full by every single breathing American citizen. Buzzell expresses a sentiment felt by nearly every veteran I know: Americans have not only failed to pick up the slack of a two front war, but they’ve dumped all the hardship, responsibility, guilt, heartbreak and exhaustion onto less than %1 of the population – service members and their families. There’s a word for that: serfdom.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls it “insensitive,” I call it something else:
The Pentagon is recommending changes in the handling of troops’ remains, after it was revealed that a crematorium contracted by the military handles both human and animal cremations.
For weeks, the US Army had a blockade around Sadr City to keep vehicles from entering or leaving the dangerous area. Residents of the besieged district complained of skyrocketing food prices, trash piling up in the streets, and claustrophobia from being trapped indoors. Several lawmakers staged sit-ins to protest the blockade. That blockade has been lifted, and residents are now being asked to leave.
Now back to some of my own thoughts:
Daughters do look for the ‘daddy feature’, come from a ‘chickenhawk’ marry a ‘chickenhawk’!!
The greatest lie in American history was the Vietnam War.
The Iraq War is rapidly gaining ground.
Once you see the truth, you are reborn.
I did not serve in Vietnam with the U.S. Army,
I served in Vietnam with the R.C. Army,
The Ruling Class Army.
Thank God, I don’t live in a gingerbread house anymore.
Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War.