The Right and MCain love the military as long as it doesn’t cost them anything and the troops keep in strict ideological line, McCain’s Veterans Problem
McCain received a grade of D from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and a 20 percent vote rating from the Disabled Veterans of America; Vietnam Veterans of America noted McCain had “voted against us” in 15 “key votes.”
Its easy to say the words. To put on a public face of support, but MCain like his buddy george is AWOL on actually doing what is right.
The purpose of my blog was to attention to both the alarming rate of reported sexual assault among women in the military, and, more importantly, the fact that the Pentagon was tasked with the assignment to name a task force on the issue of rape in the military, and after 4 years, has yet to do so.
One would think that even on a subject as senistive as this there is room for enlightened disagreement, but one idiot had this to say “I served two tours in the US army and can safely say that this is utter and complete BS.” There are about 1.5 million active duty U.S. military stationed around the world and this nut guy is or has been everywhere at once and knows that the stats are wrong. Is There an Army Cover Up of Rape and Murder of Women Soldiers?
The Department of Defense statistics are alarming — one in three women who join the US military will be sexually assaulted or raped by men in the military. The warnings to women should begin above the doors of the military recruiting stations, as that is where assaults on women in the military begins — before they are even recruited.
Of course this guy isn’t going to write a letter to the DOD with his name and address telling them their stats are “utter and complete BS”, its much safer for the little worm to haunt the comment section of a blog.
Ron Suskind has posted up some transcripts of a conversation he had with one CIA official, A note to readers
I’ve decided to post a partial transcript of one of a number of taped conversations in which Rob Richer and I discussed, on the record, the Habbush letter. We discussed it many times through the spring of 2008.
[ ]…Ron: Now this is from the Vice President’s Office is how you remembered it–not from the president?
Rob: No, no, no. What I remember is George saying, ‘we got this from’–basically, from what George said was ‘downtown.’
Ron: Which is the White House?
Rob: Yes. But he did not–in my memory–never said president, vice president, or NSC. Okay? But now–he may have hinted–just by the way he said it, it would have–cause almost all that stuff came from one place only: Scooter Libby and the shop around the vice president. (emphasis mine)
Here’s what I get. The “shop” around Dick Cheney included the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group and Doug Feith so those like American Conservative might have been partially right in the sense the letter was passed from the CIA to Doug Feith. Then from Feith and the CTEG found its way into the press. All of this sloppy, but the idea was, as with most of the information or more precisely the disinfo disseminated by Cheney and other Whitehouse representatives was to get the level of fear and urgency up. Sloppy works, a Harris poll done in 2004 (three years after 9-11) showed,
* 41 percent believe that Saddam Hussein helped plan and support the hijackers who attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
* 38 percent believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded.
* 37 percent actually believe that several of the hijackers who attacked the U.S. on September 11 were Iraqis.
Many people, probably the same 24% who still think Bush walks on water, still believe Iraq had something to do with 9-11 and Al Qaeda. Now the Right and the media can get back to discussing important stuff like Senator Obama’s birth certificate and John Edwards affair.