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April 13, 2004

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WD

I say send the senile old prick to Baghdad and ask the soldiers on the frontline the quesions up close and personal.....

Third, I call "bullshit" on that 40% figure. Was there some survey of National Guardsmen and Reservists asking why they enlisted?

It's even worse than that. He's not saying 40% of the Guard and Reserve didn't think they'd be called up; he's saying 40% of our soldiers posted in Iraq are Guard or Reserve, and *100%* of those were just in it to pick up a few bucks and are too dim to understand the connection between enlisting and fighting. Read it again:

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.

jaed

Third, I call "bullshit" on that 40% figure. Was there some survey of National Guardsmen and Reservists asking why they enlisted?

It's even worse than that. He's not saying 40% of the Guard and Reserve didn't think they'd be called up; he's saying 40% of our soldiers posted in Iraq are Guard or Reserve, and *100%* of those were just in it to pick up a few bucks and are too dim to understand the connection between enlisting and fighting. Read it again:

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.

jlb

Kick ass commentary! I would have also pointed out inre: suicide of soldiers, that a certain percentage do so in peacetime as well, and 23 since the start of the war is a meaningless number without knowing how many there were per year before the war. Context, Andy! My brother was in Gulf War I as a volunteer, and I don't think he would have appreciated being called a 'victim'. My Dad was in Vietnam, he enlisted in the Air Force to avoid getting drafted into the Army, but he's never pulled the victim card either, rather he made a 20 year career out of it. I think good ol' Andy's been on the advanced senility list for quite some time!
jlb

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