Monday, May 26, 2008

Why Can't Memorial Day Be More Like Veteran's Day?

Since we have to send our neighbors to fight in a poorly planned, unnecessary, and ultimately counterproductive war, I'd prefer to see an army of veterans return.

Instead, we're sacrificing too many veterans in exchange for memories we'd rather not have.

Some of it is because the Bush administration refused to provide the necessary body armor to our troops in harm's way:

A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.

At least partially because we don't provide decent health care to our wounded, some make the painful transformation from veteran to memory right here on home soil.

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If it were up to me, we wouldn't even have a Memorial Day because we'd only have surviving veterans.

Unfortunately, a shockingly large collaboration of Bush administration policies and non-policies coldly indicate that they don't quite share my personal aversion to fallen soldiers.

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