liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,

Stuck in Iraq

So Kerry makes a big mistake, and accidentally speaks the truth. Then he starts backtracking. Politicians aren't allowed to speak the truth. Everybody (even the Dems, even Napolitano) gets up in arms about the insult to our "forces". But if you went and asked those kids with guns, or if you did a survey, say of the level of education completed, or of their family wealth, you would find that the majority of those who end up in our military don't have the money to go to college, or start a business. They are stuck long before they end up on the front lines. The smartest ones among them are trying to get their education paid by the military, but they have to survive Iraq first. So what's so wrong about what Kerry said? This is more of what they aren't talking about, in the runup to the elections.

There's a town in Tennessee called Wartburg where 90% of the high school graduates join the military. There is nothing for them to do in Wartburg. The coal is gone. They are poor. So they join and never come home again. The town has been shrinking for years. I'd like to know how many of them are "stuck" in Iraq....
Tags: education, elections, iraq, military, politics, poverty

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