Some tested positive once for drugs, then were deployed to combat zones because the Army needed the troops, only to be discharged for the drug offense when they returned.
For the amount of money the United States spends on our military, I expect our forces to take the field with the finest food and equipment and live in the best facilities in the world. No one is really surprised by yet another shameful Pentagon boondoggle, least of all me. However, it makes me very angry indeed when brass hats line the pockets of their profiteer buddies while simultaneously putting the men and women whom we have trusted them to command in mortal peril because, "It was trendy."
It makes me angrier still when they then treat anyone wounded as disposable because, as a retired Marine Corps general and former Obama advisor said, "…when any organization spends so much on its employees it has 'big problems.'"
If we could not afford the entirely foreseeable cost of treating the wounded, even taking care of their every need for the rest of their lives when necessary, perhaps we should not have started two wars. At the very least, perhaps we should not have reduced taxes again after it became clear that our forces would remain under arms overseas for many years to come.
What is an army without soldiers or a navy without sailors? Nothing but empty buildings, unmanned equipment, and rusting hulks. A military is the people who wear the uniform. You'd think a general would know that better than anyone.
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