Bush sends medically unfit soldiers to wars


This video from the USA is called Jack Cafferty on the Walter Reed Scandal.

This video from the USA is called The Daily Show Slams Bush Over Walter Reed Scandal .

From the Navy Times in the USA:

DoD: 43,000 unfit troops sent to war

By Gregg Zoroya – USA Today

Posted : Thursday May 8, 2008 9:31:02 EDT

WASHINGTON — More than 43,000 U.S. troops listed as medically unfit for combat in the weeks before their scheduled deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003 were sent anyway, Pentagon records show.

This reliance on troops found medically “nondeployable” is another sign of stress placed on a military that has sent 1.6 million service members to the war zones, soldier advocacy groups said.

“It is a consequence of the consistent churning of our troops,” said Bobby Muller, president of Veterans For America. “They are repeatedly exposed to high-intensity combat with insufficient time at home to rest and heal before re-deploying.”

Battle for Haditha: A remarkable film about the Iraq war: here.

5 thoughts on “Bush sends medically unfit soldiers to wars

  1. The ‘War on Terror’ is not only responsible for atrocities and perhaps the worst war crimes of the century against non US peoples by the US Bush administration, it is also responsible for the worst atrocities and human rights abuses against US citizens themselves! Bush is no discriminator when it comes to violence and terror – anti-Bush = pro-terror.

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  2. Hi pareidoliac, you may be right about the worst war crimes of this century. This century is still only 8 years old. Let us sincerely hope that in the 92 years still to come, no one will trump the Bush administration’s record in this.

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  3. Five Minutes With Nir Rosen

    Posted by: “lilgeorgiehas2go” lilgeorgiehas2go@yahoo.com

    Sun May 11, 2008 5:05 pm (PDT)

    The Iraq-war chronicler discusses day-to-day life in Iraq and
    explains why he thinks young Americans can’t end the war.

    By Tanya Paperny

    At this point, Nir Rosen doesn’t have much hope. As someone who has
    traveled extensively in Iraq, Rosen is one of a handful of Western
    journalists familiar with the on-the-ground conditions in the
    country. He says that for most Iraqis, life is worse now than it was
    under Sadaam Hussein. He frequently appears on television and radio—
    sometimes facing off with the architects of the war—to argue that the
    U.S. troop surge in Iraq has been an absolute failure. His
    groundbreaking article in Rolling Stone, “The Myth of the Surge,”
    chronicled the lawlessness beyond the gated-off Green Zone of the
    American forces. His recent book details the violent civil war that
    has emerged in Iraq between various sects and militia forces, and
    illustrates in harrowing detail some of the realities that the
    mainstream media have been unwilling to portray.

    In this video interview with Campus Progress, Rosen explains how the
    occupation has traumatized a generation of Iraqi youth and argues
    that young Americans can’t help to end the war in Iraq, regardless of
    their good intentions.

    http://campusprogress.org/5mw/2935/five-minutes-with-nir-rosen

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  4. http://thenewsdispatch.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=13052&TM=44153.05

    Back from Iraq, they want an end to conflict.

    5/5/2008
    Laurie Wink
    The News-Dispatch

    WESTVILLE – Two area veterans of the U.S. Marines have joined a nationwide grassroots movement of Iraqi War veterans taking their anti-war message to campuses and other public forums.

    Vince Emanuele, Chesterton, and Aaron Bibler, Kouts, came to Purdue University-North Central last week as members of Iraq Veterans Against the War for a presentation, “The Cost of War.”

    The program was organized by Active Voices, a student group that, according to member Damien Appel, tries “to make the PNC community more aware of social justice issues.

    “It’s always hard to get participation at PNC,” Appel said.

    Emanuele offered personal testimony about his experiences in Iraq. After graduating from Chesteron High School in May 2002, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. His grandfather was a World War II veteran and his father served in Vietnam, so Emanuele felt he was next in line.

    He said he felt military service was a stepping stone to future opportunities and a way of getting money to attend college. Emanuele said he didn’t listen when his father tried to talk him out of enlisting.

    He was stationed in Kuwait in March 2003. In 2004, he was sent to Al Qaim, Iraq, and served eight months. As he started sharing stories with other troops in Iraq, Emanuele said he began to question the military mission.

    Since joining the IVAW in 2007, Emanuele has been working to end the U.S. involvement in Iraq. He wants Americans to understand that the U.S. military is not trained for nation building.

    “The real problem with the occupation of Iraq is the occupation is the source of violence in Iraq,” Emanuele said. “We have to withdraw our troops. It’s the only way to alleviate most of the violence in Iraq.”

    While stationed in Iraq, his days were spent patrolling streets in search of improvised explosive devices.

    Instead of being given rules of engagement, he said troops were told to kill anytime they felt in danger.

    “It was up to each soldier,” Emanuele said. “If an individual had a shovel or bag on the side of the road, he was shot.”

    Emanuele said after he had his first confirmed kill on Feb. 17, 2005, he was congratulated by officers. He said officers were out of touch with what was going on in the streets.

    After returning to his unit following a four-hour ambush, Emanuele said he reported to his officers and saw them playing Tiger Woods golf on a PlayStation 2.

    He said he’s also frustrated by a lack of public outrage and protest over what he said is “a war based on lies for the profit of a few.”

    Bibler is a PNC student and Marine reservist who spent a year as a Marine recruiter.

    He said he joined the Marines to serve his country but has become disillusioned and now belongs to the IVAW.

    The organization wants an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. They also want the United States to make reparations to Iraqis for human and structural damages and allow them to control their own lives. In addition, the group is pushing for adequate health care for returning veterans.

    Emanuele is president of the Indiana chapter of IVAW, and has an office in Chesterton at Second and Broadway.

    For more information, e-mail chesterton@ivaw.org or call (760) 819-9473.

    Contact Laurie Wink at lwink@thenewsdispatch.com.

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