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13 Dec

The Violence Within: Bring the troops home

in Barack Hussein Obama, Capitalism, Corporatism, Foreign Policy, Marxism, Military

With the stroke of his talented larynx, Obama bids adieu to the Iraqi occupation by declaring that “those days are over.”  Aside from the physical relocation of America’s armed expression from one base to another, I’m not entirely sure what days he means.  Of course, all but his most fervent ideologues know that this is more of a pre-election year holiday salve than substantial shift in foreign policy.  A steaming pile of ho-ho-ho to maybe help forget this shameful conquest so we can go on pretending that we do not provide the mechanism for multi-national corporations to endlessly divert capital from periphery to core. 

But hey, score one for the bumper-magnet ribbon crowd who can now rejoice over years of straddling some imaginary line between abhorring the war yet supporting the troops. 

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14 May

McCain's GI Bill Mantra: Fewer Benefits = Higher Retention - The Washington Independent

in Elections, Foreign Policy, Military

Oh Joy!  I know a week is a long time in political news, but some of you may still recall my mention of the GI Bill for the 21st century.  Of course the bill has wide, multi-partisan support.  I still, however, hoped for the random kook (Republican, I assumed) to go on record as rejecting veteran's support.  I never dreamed that McCain would be the first and has offered counter-legislation of his own. 

And why, you may ask?  Because the bill is "too generous" and would make soldiers go to college instead of the army.

Yep, he actually said that!

According to congressional advocates Webb, Hagel, Lautenberg, and Warner:

The proponents of this newly-introduced legislation maintain that [our bill] is too generous to today's veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2486362441_35ae649857 is too difficult to administer, and would unduly harm the retention of our active duty military people. Each of these assertions is wrong.

And of course a nice little statement from our Democratic nominee:

There is no reason we shouldn’t pass the 21st Century GI Bill that is being debated in Congress right now. It was introduced by my friend Senator Jim Webb, a Marine who served as Navy Secretary under President Ronald Reagan.. His plan has widespread support from Republicans and Democrats. It would provide every returning veteran with a real chance to afford a college education, and it would not harm retention.

I have great respect for John McCain’s service to this country and I know he loves it dearly and honors those who serve. But he is one of the few Senators of either party who oppose this bill because he thinks it’s too generous. I couldn’t disagree more. At a time when the skyrocketing cost of tuition is pricing thousands of Americans out of a college education, we should be doing everything we can to give the men and women who have risked their lives for this country the chance to pursue the American Dream.

Oh lordy, November is going to be fun!

08 May

Paul Rieckhoff: A Historic Vote - Politics on The Huffington Post

in Military

In all the hooplah and jubilation of my love affair with our soon-to-be President Obama, it's hard to remember that there actually is a world going on outside Clintonian drama.  Enter the 21st Century GI Bill:

This legislation would substantially increase the educational benefits loss_fig06b available to service members who have served since September 11, 2001. It would cover the cost of tuition of up to the most expensive in-state public school and provide a living and book stipend, so new veterans can focus on their educations and readjusting to civilian life. The new GI Bill would also provide more equitable benefits to National Guardsman and Reservists, who have made up about a quarter of our fighting force in Iraq. And educational benefits would be linked to the cost of college, so they would keep their value over time. It is, in short, the right thing to do for the men and women who have made such a tremendous commitment to our country.

Please oh please let's make anyone opposing this go on record as fighting against the only significant support our troops have received from their lying administration.  The only thing that would make me happier is to see Mr. AWOL-in-chief try to veto!