Today is an important day – one where we recognize all the service men and women whom have stepped up and put their lives on the line in order to service our nation and protect our country. No matter your view of war or our country, let it not be forgotten the sacrifice and dedication of these individuals and let us not forget our obligation to make sure their needs are not ignored nor are they shortchanged. In particular, those people who have taken up the cause in Afghanistan and Iraq should be in particular focus. Never have we seen the this large a percentage of active forces who have returned injured and disabled. The backlog of cases is staggering and the outcry is too silent. In reading some of the statistics and data this morning, I’m was blown away by the devastation to people’s lives and the amount of money we give for someone 100% disabled. Take a guess and I expect you will find yourself equally astounded. For current service people who are deemed 100% disabled, they are given less than $2,800 a month. In consideration of what these men and women have done and their level of sacrifice, this is a sin beyond belief. We should look long and hard at our values as a nation. Whether for or against the actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, this should be a rally point for our people – Memorial Day should always evoke more than patriotism and waving of flags. It is a time to also put our money where our mouth is.
This should also be a time that invokes remembrance of who got us into these two wars. It is amazing that aside from the degree of damage and destruction to the people who fought the wars, the impact on our economy and the long-lasting costs to our country should cause everyone to stop and remember the administration that made the decision to go to war, the administration who lied to everyone, the administration with an obvious personal agenda – it is the administration that should be tagged as it deserves for the mayhem and pain that resulted. But to be honest, it is really about two men who could and should be thought of as war criminals – George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are undoubtedly the worse of the bunch but let’s not forget John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, George Tenet, Karl Rove – the list is long and the competence is short. What a group of fucking bastards. This is one of the few areas where I can hope my views as an atheist are wrong – and that they all get to burn in hell.