After reading this column, I’m tempted to speculate on how the IQ of the average GI compares to that of the average NFL player, Pat Tillman—who brought honor to both professions—notwithstanding. Many enlisted military members are required to understand the intricacies of mechanics, electronics, information technology, foreign languages—well, you get the idea.
So, I won’t go there. Not there, in spite of the fact that someone like former NFL player Reggie Rivers insults the intelligence of the average military member:
Yes, our slaves [members of the Armed Forces] signed up of their own free will, but most of them were as misled about their job as the rest of us were about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.We’re slaves, says he. I seem not to recall the instances in which a gun was put to my head or the times in which a whip was brandished at me to coerce me into enlisting and re-enlisting. Perhaps I need to take some memory-enhancing classes. Or maybe I need to brush up on the history of American slavery. Or maybe I need to do both, because I certainly don’t remember reading that American slaves signed contracts stipulating the terms of their servitude.
Surely, as a former member of the Denver Broncos, Mr. Rivers understands the concept of fulfilling the terms of a signed contract. Admittedly, my mind hasn’t been trained in legal matters. However, as I understand it, those who sign a contract are legally bound to its terms. At least the military members who’ve been invited to sign the enlistment contract can actually read it, which is more than can be said for many members of the NFL. Oops! Said I wasn’t going there.
However, it is apparent that Mr. Rivers can compose a column—assuming no one wrote it for him and asked him to sign his name to it. (Darn it! I keep going there. Practice self-control, Ochieng, practice.)
According to Chalmers Johnson, author of "The Sorrows of Empire," almost half of our enlisted forces are between 17 and 24 years of age, and they were lured into military service with promises of education, job training, escape from poverty, medical benefits and the chance to operate some cool, high-tech equipment.[SNIP]
The U.S. Army has an official video game that can be downloaded at www.americasarmy.com It's a recruiting tool aimed to win the hearts and minds of children of all ages. The goal is catch them before they develop critical thinking skills that might lead them to question the wisdom of volunteering for slavery.So, assuming you’re past the age group in which no one could possibly join the military and have properly developed critical thinking skills, Mr. Rivers, when are you going to develop critical thinking skills? Too many hits to the head, maybe? Or maybe you think that going to “war” simply means to have a successful goal-line stand under the two-minute warning. Or is it possible that the words duty, honor and sacrifice only mean something to you when they involve millions of dollars?
They just want to go home, but they can't. And domestically, we continue to trot out the tired mantra that supporting the troops means supporting the war.Yes, support us stupid tools, for we know not what we do.
Bite me, Clown. Court Jester. На хуй, блядъ. (Have one of your more educated friends translate that for you, Mr. Rivers. BTW, the military taught me that particular language.)
I’ve had enough of these condescending twits who think that no one could possibly be mentally competent and have an opinion different from theirs. You profane the memory of Pat Tillman and every other person who has given his/her life in defense of this country.
Happy Memorial Day to you, Mr. Rivers. Many of us in the military, present and past, have long memories.
(Now this is an example of intentional offense. In response to the last post, some people said I had class. Heh.)
UPDATE: Sgt Hook is far more eloquently than I.