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November 28, 2005

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I can guarantee you that when my children get to high school, we will opt out of this recruiting tool.

Heartening to see that yet another Marine willing to speak truthfully about how things really work. Recruiters aren't the bad guys, but they often do expose the "dark" side of the military that Republicans refuse to admit: Poor kids pay the price and take the "big green weenie" for reasons that often have nothing to do with God & Country.

Those things - and all the other idealistic bullshit that make people enlist - is just youthful narcissicism. They're the rationalization we use to defend our choice with people smarter than us, or a "story" we use to get laid.


I just wrote about this at my site, too.

"It is truly CRUEL and MURDEROUS to force people to choose between needlessly killing another human being and needlessly dying in poverty."

At least a DRAFT allows people with choices to object.

As it is, ours is an army of mercenaries-- bred in pits of economic injustice.

It reminds me of Lord of the Rings.

It MUST stop.

Saw that program too. Nice to see 'No Child Left Behind' is so successful it has spawned a sequel: 'Every Child Left Dead'.

Good gravy! I have a related question - are private schools required to submit lists of potential recruits? Or do private-school kids have to worry about those things?

I think private schools are exempt. Public schools are coerced into providing a list because if they don't the feds have the option of withholding federal funds to the school/district.

I think private schools are exempt. Public schools are coerced into providing a list because if they don't the feds have the option of withholding federal funds to the school/district.
Exactly.

I wonder why they don't just pay the recruits $13K and eliminate the recruiters.

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