The New American Army
BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS … WHATCHA GONNA DO?
This website has written repeatedly regarding the myth of America’s military …
What myth are we referring to? Most specifically, the one which holds that the U.S. Armed Forces are somehow “fighting for freedom” – and that those who enlist in that fight are somehow deserving of our respect and admiration.
Yeah … we’re not buying it. Any of it.
“Fighting for freedom (either your own or your fellow citizens’) is indeed heroic … but that’s not what America does anymore,” we wrote last November. “Far from it.”
In fact with each new revelation about our country’s domestic spying network – and each thinly justified foreign entanglement (which wastes hundreds of billions of dollars only to breed more of the “terror” America is ostensibly fighting) – the myth of the American soldier as some sort of hero becomes less believable.
Anyway … that’s not really the point of this post.
This is …
According to a recent Associated Press report, “the number of officers who left the Army due to misconduct more than tripled in the past three years.” Meanwhile the number of enlisted soldiers booted for “drugs, alcohol, crimes and other misconduct” nearly doubled – climbing from 5,600 in 2007 to 11,000 in 2013.
According to the AP analysis, the increase in misconduct is due to the stress of extended deployments – but it also “reflects the Army’s rapid growth in the middle part of the decade, and the decisions to relax standards a bit to bring in and retain tens of thousands of soldiers to fill the ranks as the Pentagon added troops in Iraq and continued the fight in Afghanistan.”
Wait … so is it “chicken”or “egg?” We don’t get it …
Frankly, we’re far more concerned with the conduct of the people commanding our military than the conduct of our military members themselves … but this report is another troubling commentary on the state of America’s military.
This website embraces very, very few functions as necessary for government at any level to perform – but the defense of the nation is clearly one of those functions entrusted to the federal government.
Sadly, the federal government can no longer be trusted to perform that function …
UPDATE: Here’s a thoughtful letter in response to this post.