Divorced from Reality

[Update: 9:25 am – This was on Reuters when I got up just now:

Breaking News

 

Senate blocks Democrats’ plan to withdraw troops from Iraq by next April 11:21am ET]

Got up to check out what’s been happening on the filibustering front. Inhofe from Oklahoma is up rambling about not checking with your representative on what their doing, you can do that on line.

Perhaps he might want to check out this article from Military.com. I’d call a good majority of these people ‘unhinged’ about the warring going on in Iraq and politics in general, especially of those who aren’t military but are “enthusiasts.” Isn’t that cute.

{Nearly 60 percent of readers who participated in a recent Military.com poll said the United States should withdraw its troops from Iraq now or by the end of 2008. More than 40 percent of the respondents agreed the pullout should begin immediately because “we’re wasting lives and resources there.”

A similar number of participants, however, felt that U.S. troops should remain in Iraq, with 41 percent of respondents concluding that America should fight “until the insurgency is totally defeated.”}

I read this story from ‘The Army Times posted at ‘Crooks & Liars.’ The angle or focus of John Amato’s was this: “But military officials repeatedly balked at appeals — from commanders on the battlefield and from the Pentagon’s own staff — to provide the life-saving Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, for patrols and combat missions, USA Today found.

What I found from another story on a soldier killed, Aaron Kincaid, was a quote from his mom.

In September 2005, days before he enlisted, Aaron visited his mother, an artist in Lilburn. “What am I going to do?” Marcia Kincaid says her son asked. “I have two children and a wife.” “Then we discussed the military,” she says. “You go, you learn a trade, then you have an option of going to school,” she recalls telling him. “They take good care of you and your family while you’re there.” Then she uttered the words she’ll never forget: “The chances of you getting hurt are about as much as getting run over by a bus.”

I find that statement remarkable! I find it totally divorced from reality. I think it shockingly illustrates how separated from the “war” in Iraq & Afghanistan’ people are in the United States. I don’t think the average person is ‘touched’ unless they experience it first hand. I know some of my work colleagues who are supporters of Geroge Bush have no idea what’s going on – anywhere – because they don’t look or read about it. When Alberto Gonzales came to town and was at the Community Center down the street from our hospital, the head of a particular department in our building didn’t even know who Abu Gonzo was, and had the NERVE to then proudly declare: “We proud Republicans.” with this goofy-assed grin. Proud Republicans, but you don’t know the name of the Attorney General of the United States?

I don’t fault the mother above. She says in the article, she will never forget those irresponsible words. Because more than likely, she was simply seeking to reassure a son, her child, who was worried about taking care of his family. He was taking the route of responsibility and she was being encouraging and supportive. And therein lies the dichotomy.

In my own family we’ve had this discussion. My own nephew recently graduated from college, and he will go on to law school in September. He had ‘looked into’ entering the Air Force reserves after graduation because he and his wife have newborn twins, and he was seeking to lessen the costly burden of more college. His mother, my sister, was damn near frantic; BJ is only 25. There was a meeting BJ went to and whatever transpired at that meeting, he decided not to go with the Air Force right now. He’ll wait until he’s done with law school where he can go straight into the Judge Advocate Corp. Because for all his Republican bluster, he’s not going to place himself in any danger. He’s aware of what’s going on. His mother on the other hand gets her news bites from bits and pieces. She has to her credit become more aware within the past year. I truly think overall she is indicative of the majority of the people in this country and for the most part and most of the time, they are divorced from what’s really happening in our country and certainly from what’s going on in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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