Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bull from President Bush supports more sales of Red Bull to our troops

The past eight days have been bad for our armed forces and veterans. It also brought more bad news for the publishing industry.

General David Petraeus told a congressional delegation visiting the Middle East that success in Iraq will require an American military presence there for about ten years. Ten years!

The Observer newspaper in Britain ran an article some days ago about how fatique is crippling the US Army in Iraq: "Exhaustion and combat stress are besieging US troops in Iraq as they battle with a new type of warfare. Some even rely on Red Bull to get through the day. As desertions and absences increase, the military is struggling to cope with the crisis."

Meanwhile the US Army has reported that it made its recruitment goal for June. But then on August 10th a Bush war advisor says the draft is worth a look. In other words, though they met a recent recruitment goal, they still want more cannon fodder from the American Heartland to keep the Iraq War going.

Reports indicate that the war in Afghanistan is going badly because we diverted our military resources from that country to Iraq. The British have complained that our bully tactics in Afghanistan are making it difficult to win the minds of the people there. And don't forget that Afghanistan is where Bin Laden, the mass murderer of 9/11 is headquartered. Not in Iraq, never in Iraq.

And then our beloved President's administration fights a democratic party plan led by Senator Jim Webb of Virginia to boost school aid for our veterans. Those who used Red Bull to get through the day in Baghdad need shovels to get through more "Bush Shit" when discharged from active duty.

During World War II the historic 1944 G.I. Bill was devised and it put eight million US soldiers through college after the war. Historians now credit the bill as fueling the expansion of America's middle class in the post-war era. World War II and Korean veterans benefited from having the government pay every penny of veterans' educational costs, from tuition at a public university to books, housing and a monthly stipend.

Under current law, veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan can expect to receive only enough to pay 75 percent of their tuition costs. To pay our veterans more, the proposal to increase benefits would make "administration of this program cumbersome," according to Keith Wilson, the VA official who is in charge of VA education benefits. Funny, we did it in the forties and fifties and it wasn't too cumbersome.

Regarding news in the publishing industry, book sales fell over 6% in June, continuing a downward spiral in overall book sales. And Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna are going to publish a children's book!!! This absurb fact requires a separate blog posting devoted to it alone. Look for it shortly here.--Walter Haan,


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