Saturday :: May 14, 2005

I'm Impressed With Bu$hCo'$ Military Impressment Method - NOT!

by pessimist

Back in the days when the vile and despised King George happened to be a foreign national, it was a common practice for military officers to send out their toughest underlings to raid a local town and 'impress' those unfortunates they encountered into the service of their King whether they wanted to serve or not. Considering that the modern-day vile and despised King George is an American citizen (Can we ask Mexico to take Texas back yet?), the 'unfortunates' being impressed into the service of their King are as well. It's about the only recourse he has left:

Army Offers 1 1/4-Year Hitch

More than halfway through its fiscal year, the Army has not been able to make a noticeable dent in the public's reluctance to enlist its sons and daughters. That's despite record-high bonuses paid to recruits, a new advertising campaign that targets parents and a dramatic increase in the number of recruiters throughout the nation.

Those are the 'honorable' means used to induce Americans to surrender their rights and liberty for service in the King's name. Here are some means used that aren't so honorable:

In response to cases in which recruiters offered to provide fake high school diplomas and enlist recruits with disqualifying medical conditions, the Army will stop recruiting for one day later this month to provide ethics training. So far this fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept.30, the Army has reported 480 such allegations; 91 have been ruled valid. Eight recruiters have been relieved from duty, and 98 have been admonished.

So why were such underhanded (if native to Bu$hCo) methods employed?

Jim Martin, a retired Army officer who teaches military culture at Bryn Mawr College, said parents and teachers "see the Army as a real risk, a real danger" because of the war in Iraq. That, more than the length of service, is the major obstacle to recruiting.

The Army, faced with a severe and growing shortage of recruits, began offering 15-month active-duty enlistments nationwide Thursday, the shortest tours ever. Maj. Gen. Michael Rochelle, the head of the Army Recruiting Command, said 2006 could be even worse than this year, a continuation of "the toughest recruiting climate ever faced by the all-volunteer Army."

But somehow that Oil War wasn't deemed by Bu$hCo to be the real reason recruiting has fallen off. We of the 99% are far too ignorant and unedjimacated to understand anything other than the latest FAUX News reports emanating from the White House about how well things are going in South Asia! Thus, they must feel that a shorter length of service will work to entice young Americans to go off to Bu$hCo-stan and die for the right of SUV owners to spew raw gas out their tailpipes as they intimidate all the other drivers on the road to surrender the right-of-way or die.

Think of how well this will play:

Recruits in the new 15-month program could serve in 59 of the more than 150 jobs in the Army, including the combat infantry, and then serve two years in the Reserve or National Guard.

Now let's hear from an impartial observer:

David Segal, a military personnel expert at the University of Maryland, said the 15-month enlistments are no panacea. Fifteen months, Segal said, is often not enough time to learn complex tasks in a high-tech Army.

It's "not a bright picture," Rochelle said during a conference call.

Segal said he doesn't think the Army will make its goals this year or next. The Marine Corps is struggling. But the Air Force and Navy, the two services not heavily involved in ground combat in Afghanistan or Iraq, should meet their goals this year, Segal said.

Considering that the United States constitution is still the supreme law of the land - no matter how much Bu$hCo tries to deny that particular truth in favor of imposing GOD'S LAW as they choose to interpret it from the King James Old Testament - the First Amendment still applies.

It may only be that, by leaving the Constitution and the Bill of Rights intact, Bu$hCo can endure the blind cooperation of the media when it demands it. But in any case, by not dumping the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into the nearest 55-gallon drum of non-refinable sludge, the real news of the current state of the military somehow rises like the Creature From the Black Lagoon to reveal the truth - joining up under this new 15-month plan is like signing a credit application without reading the interest rate information hidden in the fine print:

Just Sign Here

* Under the new Army offer, enlisters [sic] would still have to serve in the Reserve or National Guard following their 15-months of active duty.

* National Guard and Reserve soldiers compose over 40 percent of the occupation force in Iraq (and about 25 percent of the fatalities).

* The Army is already relying on the National Guard and Reserve to fight in Iraq often giving them but a few mere days of warning before being shipped off.

So, I'm assuming that there's a pretty good chance they'll get called back into active duty as soon as their first 15 months are up.

This is a no-brainer - even for a Red Stater - especially considering this article, which comes out simultaneously:

Appeals court allows forced military extensions

The U.S. military has the right to keep soldiers in service beyond their original contracted time by issuing so-called emergency stop-loss orders, a U.S. appeals court said on Friday. The U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeals [the very one that people like Bill Frist point to as being 'the most liberal court in the nation' - ed] said the military acted within its rights when it ordered Emiliano Santiago, an Army National Guard sergeant, to remain in the service beyond the time of his eight-year contract after his unit was ordered to active duty.

The skillful soldier does not raise a second levy, neither are his supply-wagons loaded more than twice.
- Sun-Tzu The Art of War, II 8 [subsequent quotes from same site - ed]

But I digress. Back to the original linked article:

It's just disingenuous, and that's a really bad thing to be with people who are signing up to defend this country. It's not in anyone's best interest to have a slew of people signing up for something they aren't prepared to do.
What kind of reinforcement is an angry, scared kid who thought he had signed up to be a medic going to provide in a combat situation?
You just aren't going to have good morale if you're tricking enlistees into a situation in which they may die for their country and morale and conviction or no small matter when fighting the insurgents.

When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. - II 2

Note: "The [foreign fighters] came here to die," said Sergeant Chuck Hurley, commander of the team that battled the insurgents in the one-story house in Ubaydi, 25 kilometers from the Syrian border. "They were willing to stay in place and die with no hope," he said. "All they wanted was to take us with them."

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. - III 2

The reason the insurgents are so effective is because they firmly believe in their cause, and believe it worth dying for. The Army, and the administration, would do well to take note of this.

* (1) Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law?
* (2) Which of the two generals has most ability?
* (3) With whom lie the advantages derived from Heaven and Earth?
* (4) On which side is discipline most rigorously enforced?
* (5) Which army is stronger?
* (6) On which side are officers and men more highly trained?
* (7) In which army is there the greater constancy both in reward and punishment?

By means of these seven considerations I can forecast victory or defeat. - I 13-14

Considering the comments to follow, this determination would be child's play - victory cannot belong to Bu$hCo:

Would Republicans destroy the country to save it?

Honorable conservatives used to warn against the raw power of the state. It was Lord Acton who wrote, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." But now that the political right controls more and more of our key institutions, the love of power has become their religion, and the slightest notion of checks or balances heretical treason.

In relations with the world, this administration has pulled out of every international rule and treaty -- from global warming, to bio terrorism, to land mines -- substituting a rule of raw force that insists we can do whatever we choose because God is on our side.

Have God give me a ring and tell me Himself. I refuse to believe that he would allow such blatant disregard for His Laws - even by Bu$hCo.

[There are fifteen different versions linked on this site. The Bu$hCo cretins who act as court je$ter$ should be able to find one that our C-Average Sovereign would understand! Just tell him that it's a new chapter in My Pet Goat!]

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