[The two reports below only suggest the abuse of youths enticed into the military now (one of my students reported her experience — conned with promises never fulfilled, incidentally, which I gather reflect the true views of many of our people over there now banned from reporting them back to us “to save band width”).

The other kind of costs are economic.  I heard a run down of the true long-term costs of our Iraq adventure which when totaled up will amount to several TRILLION dollars being laid on the heads of future generations — along with the sufferings of those wounded and the families of those killed.  How press conferences about such things can proceed with joking asides tells it all.  Small minds cannot take in huge catastrophes.  And that is what we are facing now.  Ed Kent]


Pentagon’s Teen Recruiting Methods Would Make Tobacco Companies Proud
By Terry J. Allen, In These Times

With over half of America’s 1 million active and reserve soldiers enlisted as teens, the military is luring kids as young as 13 using a PR machine that would make Joe Camel proud.

Pentagon’s Teen Recruiting Methods Would Make Tobacco Companies Proud  By Terry J. Allen, In These Times


Congratulations: You have lived long enough to cringe at the bad decisions you were seduced, dared, stoned, bullied, or inspired into making as a teenager. [snip]


Searching troops face mounting problems – The Westfall Weekly News – Canada


Bright said most of the troops have lost weight, many as much as 12 pounds, as Iraq‘s weather has climbed above 100. The searchers spend hours patrolling …

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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