Little Green Footballs

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Patriotism Lite

If America is truly on a war footing, why is so little sacrifice asked of the nation at large?

There is no serious talk of a draft to share the burden of fighting across the broad citizenry and neither Republicans nor Democrats are pressing for a tax increase to force Americans to cover the $5 billion a month in costs from Iraq, Afghanistan and counter-terrorism missions.

There are not concerted efforts like the savings-bond drives or gasoline rationing that helped to unite the country behind its fighting forces in wars past.


More moonbattery from the hate-America Left&trade?

Nope.

While officers and enlisted personnel say they enjoy symbolic signs of support and the high ratings the military now enjoys in public opinion polls, "that's just not enough," said a one-star officer who served in Iraq. "There has to be more," he added, saying that the absence of a call for broader national sacrifice in a time of war has become a near constant topic of discussion among officers and enlisted personnel.

"For most Americans," said an officer with a year's experience in Iraq, "their role in the war on terror is limited to the slight inconvenience of arriving at the airport a few hours early."

Maj. Gen. Robert Scales Jr., who served as commandant of the Army War College and is now retired, said: "Despite the enormous impact of September 11, it hasn't really translated into a national movement towards fighting the war on terrorism. It's almost as if the politicians want to be able to declare war and, at the same time, maintain a sense of normalcy."

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"We have recognized that and we have tried to sound the alarm," said Rear Adm. Stephen Pietropaoli, retired, the executive director of the Navy League.

"As an organization that is committed to supporting them by ensuring they have the weapons and tools and systems to fight and win, and also at the grass-roots level by providing assistance to families," Pietropaoli said, "we are aware that the burden has fallen almost solely on the shoulders of the uniformed military and security services and their families. We have used that in our calls to action by our members. We have said, 'We are at war. What have you done lately?' "


Good question.

3 comments:

Electronic Occupation said...

Scintillating topic, as usual. If you want to sacrifice for the troops, how about shutting down this dopey blog?

Iron Fist's Cat said...

Weak... "electronic occupation" very very weak. LGFwatch has excellent topics, apart from skewering MasterHater Johnson. LGFwatch also has good commentary, no-one would accuse cut-n-paster Johnson of that.

Notice how "Pajamas Media" is off the radar now? The concept sunk by the vile droppings of the "minions" on full and foul display when they got it all wrong about the Brazilian electrician, a disgusting display of wrong-headedness and intemperance.

Way to go Minions!

Pablo said...

Iron Fist's Stalker, you need psychiatric help. Badly.

Your delusions of relevance would be a good place to begin therapy.