Why do they hate our troops?

Here’s a lovely story in the LA Times (per Think Progress):

Marine Cpl. James Dixon was wounded twice in Iraq — by a roadside bomb and a land mine. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, a concussion, a dislocated hip and hearing loss. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Army Sgt. Lori Meshell shattered a hip and crushed her back and knees while diving for cover during a mortar attack in Iraq. She has undergone a hip replacement and knee reconstruction and needs at least three more surgeries.

In each case, the Pentagon ruled that their disabilities were not combat-related.

In a little-noticed regulation change in March, the military’s definition of combat-related disabilities was narrowed, costing some injured veterans thousands of dollars in lost benefits — and triggering outrage from veterans’ advocacy groups.

What else can you say but “disgusting”? With the billions upon billions of dollars that have been spent and wasted (not to mention “lost”) on this war/occupation, is it really necessary to cheap-out on wounded soldiers? I never expected them to give a crap about the Iraqis whose lives have been shattered (an estimated 4.2 million displaced). But to see them squeeze disabled American vets only proves the point that the warmongers aren’t patriots, they don’t care about Americans, and they shouldn’t be allowed in polite company, much less setting foreign policy.

It bothered me during the election that Obama refused to press the point that Republicans, including John McCain, routinely voted against increased funding for veterans. I suspect he avoided this line of attack (at least during the debates) because the opposition would have spun it as an attack on the great war hero, and HOW DARE OBAMA expose the obvious hypocrisy!

(Yeah I know, the election is over, let it go…)


  • retarded monkey woman

    Obama needs to grow a pair and kick some ass…otherwise he is going to face the wrath of our derisive mockery….

  • Pinky

    Did you see he is keeping Gates on as Defense Secretary? I almost wish he would appoint Cheney and permanently station him over in Iraq. See if he is greeted as a liberator…..

  • M.Uila

    Here’s the counter-argument from Spencer Ackerman who makes a compelling case for keeping Gates. Note that he wrote this a couple weeks ago (so it’s not an apology):

    Politically, it’s a masterstroke. Many in the military are looking to see how the Obama administration will accommodate them or offend them. There are a lot of men with stars on their shoulders who oppose Obama’s plans for withdrawal from Iraq, and many of them will be ready to plant the narrative in the press that Obama is another Bush — shunting aside his best military advice in favor of his ideologically-driven schemes.

    Asking Gates to stay demolishes that. For one thing, Gates is a skeptic about withdrawing from Iraq on a timetable, so he’ll give Obama a thoughtful dose of caution to better craft the strategy. But he’ll also transition from being the secretary of defense behind the surge to being the secretary of defense behind withdrawal. And he’ll do that as a Republican.

    So long as the goal is to get the hell out as soon as possible, I don’t care who’s in charge.

  • M.Uila

    If there’s a bright side to keeping Gates, it seems that his current undersecretary for policy, “former Dick Cheney adviser Eric Edelman“, is out. His replacement: Michele Flournoy, who has been touted as the “odds-on favorite to be the country’s first woman secretary of defense“.

    Long story short, if Flournoy indeed becomes undersecretary for policy — you can read about the importance of that job here — get ready to see, among other things, the interplay of the counterinsurgency and progressive communities as a hallmark of the Obama administration. This has large implications for both intellectual strains, and you could do worse than to check out these pieces for something of a primer, if I do say so myself.

  • M.Uila

    Lastly, I changed the “war” tag to “foreign occupation”, because let’s call it what it really is.