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From Tom Ricks’ Blog

December 10, 2010

I read this piece and all the comments – it’s an example of the many different points of view – and I was pretty stunned.  So if you have time, because it will take a while, go read the essay and the comments.   I won’t comment on it now, but please, comment here or on Tom’s blog and link to that comment.  I’d be interested in your takes.

LAW

 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Audra permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:09 pm

    Have to say I’m pretty much in lock step with Jim Gourley (in the comments) on this one.

  2. Ruth permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:46 pm

    I have to absolutely VENT about these so called military friendly companies who say they support the troops. My husband is an army reservist who has spent 20+ years serving our country. He has been in the regular active duty army, the Army National Guard and now as a US Army Reservist and spends his time balancing between the military and civilian worlds which as we all know are worlds apart in many instances. My main gripe today is these companies who spout about how they support the troops with these ginormous banners and smiles but do little to help those of us who are depending on our Reservist spouses for income and support at home. This will be the second year in a row that my husband has been laid off from one of these companies after a duty weekend and on veteran’s day. How much more blatant can someone be that they are NOT supporting our troops?

    • December 10, 2010 4:52 pm

      Ruth – want to write a post? As a former Guard Wife – I heard this so so so often – the whole “We Support You” Bullhockey…. We’d love to get your take on it too!

      LAW

  3. December 11, 2010 10:13 pm

    I came across the article and thread a few days ago, and was impressed by his candor and points well made e.g. draft, etc. Since he’s a white male veteran, perhaps he won’t be as readily dismissed as others who have been making many of those same points for years. I thoroughly agree that the draft should be reinstated, and that if this country’s foreign policy were adhering to a firm moral compass, it wouldn’t be perceived as impossible. It would, rather, be perceived as the only patriotic thing to do in a time of war, especially the longest combat engagement this nation – check that – MILITARY, has ever seen. Ahem.
    As for the Guard/civilian employer situation, so many members of the 81st BDE were fired, laid off, suspended or otherwise “lost” their civilian jobs prior to and/or during the last tour that a major national network conducted an investigation. At least half of the ORARNG 41 BDE returned from a tour last spring to unemployment, in a state that already has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.
    Furthermore, at a closed door session regarding Guard families that I attended a few months back, researchers there stated that they had actually conducted informal surveys of various businesses and business leaders, presenting them with identical resumes, with the exception that one of the resumes belonged to a Reservist. The employers – ALL of them – indicated that they would hire the non-Reservist candidate. EVERY single time. I believe yellow ribbons were distributed.

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