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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

This is so fucked up

Just when you think you've seen the lowest of the low, you stumble across this:
Just in time for the holidays, there's a special place in Hell just waiting to be filled by some as-yet-unknown Pentagon bureaucrat. Apparently, thousands of wounded soldiers who served in Iraq are being asked to return part of their enlistment bonuses -- because their injuries prevented them from completing their tours.

go read the whole thing. Just do it before you eat dinner.

UPDATE 11/23: TPM is reporting that the Army says it will not ask for any bonuses to be returned under these circumstances. But it doesn't know how it happened in the first place, and it really can't say how many times it's happened either. In many cases, re-enlistment bonuses are paid incrementally. If something happens to the solider, and the Army withholds the balance of the bonus, where does the burden lie for getting that disbursement?

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  • But what are we going to do about this?

    By Blogger beau-jan, at 8:00 PM  

  • Jesus fucking Christ... on a crutch. :/

    By Blogger Joseph H., at 12:30 AM  

  • I must be confused about what "support the troops" means.

    By Anonymous cd, at 7:33 AM  

  • How do I put this without sounding like some kind of jerk?

    Do you know what I'm about to ask?

    Can you guess?

    Here goes: WHY does anyone still enlist? Apparently the word is still not out that this war doesn't have a mission, is illegal and is demoralizing our troops while leaving us vulnerable.

    If you enlist NOW, after hearing about this kind of stuff, it's kind of hard to feel sorry for you later.

    And no, I am not signing my name to this. The knee-jerk reaction to remotely criticizing our soldiers is to call me "unpatriotic" -- well what's so "patriotic" about throwing soldiers under a runaway train like Iraq?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:13 AM  

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