CAMP PENDLETON , Calif. Dec 7, 2004 — Standing before thousands of Marines, President Bush asked other Americans on Tuesday to make the war their own by helping battle-weary troops and their families.
"The time of war is a time of sacrifice, especially for our military families," Bush said, wearing a tan military jacket with epaulets. "I urge every American to find some way to thank our military and to help out the military family down the street."
Hmmm…wearing a tan military jacket and fucking epaulets, like some generalissimo dictator in a banana republic, Bush calls on Americans to find some way to help a military family down the street.
It’s that ol’ compassionate conservatism again. Friends helping friends. Neighbors helping neighbors. Reaching out. Practicing our love for one another.
I guess I could post a link to some military hating, liberal rag here and complete the joke. But, I think, instead, I’ll just link to the Army Times, in one of their pieces about our epaulet wearing, troop supporting, Commander in Chief. It’s called: An Act Of Betrayal :
Commissaries and the Defense Department’s stateside schools are in the crosshairs of Pentagon budget cutters, and military advocates, families and even base commanders are up in arms.
Defense officials notified the services in mid-October that they intend to close 19 commissaries and may close 19 more, mostly in remote areas.
At the same time, the Pentagon is finishing a study to determine whether to close or transfer control of the 58 schools it operates on 14 military installations in the continental United States.
The two initiatives are the latest in a string of actions by the Bush administration to cut or hold down growth in pay and benefits, including basic pay, combat pay, health-care benefits and the death gratuity paid to survivors of troops who die on active duty.
How’s that for helping a military family?
Wanna see the epaulets? They’re fabulous. Texas Air National Guard Lieutenants don’t generally get them. But this one is special.