Somebody, clue this old man in…
Most of the reporting from Iraq is about death and destruction. We don't learn much about what our soldiers in Iraq are thinking or doing. There's no Ernie Pyle to tell us, and, if there were, the military would make it difficult or impossible for him to let us know.Milblogs might send him into fits. But then he'd just deny reality, as he does here:
We speak of them as if they volunteered to risk their lives to save ours, but there isn't much voluntary about what most of them have done. A relatively small number are professional soldiers. During the last few years, when millions of jobs disappeared, many young people, desperate for some income, enlisted in the Army. About 40 percent of our soldiers in Iraq enlisted in the National Guard or the Army Reserve to pick up some extra money and never thought they'd be called on to fight. They want to come home.Yeah. Right. We’re all too ignorant to know that a military’s purpose is to fight wars.
If someone loved you, Mr. Rooney, they’d stop you from drooling in public.
(Thanks to Lex Communis)