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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Militarize the Military--Please!

GTL over at the Gun Toting Liberal has been making arguments against privatizing the military since...well, probably before I started visiting there. He's come up with a lot of great arguments. Personally, before he brought it up my opinion was basically "Haliburton sucks!" and I really didn't think beyond that.

But, I'm jumping on the bandwagon to militarize the military, and here's why:

The U.S. military said Tuesday it has issued new orders to private contractors in Iraq to crack down on violations of human trafficking laws involving laborers brought in from around the world to work on American bases and other sites.

An inspection completed in late March uncovered evidence that it was widespread practice among firms providing services to the military to take away their workers' passports to keep them in place, military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said.

Hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers - many from South Asia - are employed by contractors working in U.S. bases and elsewhere in Iraq as cooks, food servers, janitors, construction workers and other menial jobs.

Human rights groups have reported complaints by some workers that they were tricked into coming into Iraq, paying recruiters in their home countries fees for jobs said to be in the Gulf, then forced to go to Iraq after their passports were taken.


Okay, as if this wasn't icky enough all by itself, think about the effect this has on our soldiers! I mean, if the person preparing your food, and other necessary "domestic" tasks, does NOT want to be THERE, how well do you think they're going to do their job? How is the health of our soldiers going to be effected by a sloppy cook? Or a sloppy janitor?

All I can think is that this is somehow another example of the fictitious "jobs Americans won't do" in the minds of the GOP, because... There is NO way this is GOOD for our SOLDIERS!!!

37 Comments:

At 4/25/2006 1:12 PM, Blogger Hillary For President said...

Bottom line: west nations like us need to give up they're miltarys and hand over troop's to UN. we need to have a "world army" to go after rogue nation's. and protect innocent country's from radical necon invade take over steal oil. With UN troops from all nations we not need to go alone all time. and let democracy and diplomatic work.

We are sophisticaed enuff to have this happen all we need is to trust the Untied Nations. We are importnat member so are interest is represented.

 
At 4/25/2006 1:12 PM, Blogger Hillary For President said...

read more at my blog:

hillary-for-president.blogspot.com

 
At 4/25/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Sorry, HFP, but that's the wrong song for me. First, I'm a conservative (but obviously not a neo-con) and Hillary would be the MOST bitter presidential pill for me to swallow that I can think of, at least of those who have a chance in hell. So, while I'm generally willing to debate with anyone (unless they start spouting off hate crap, then it generally ceases to be a debate...), I suspect we're often going to come up on opposite sides of the issues.

Second, I do NOT trust the UN. They do NOT share our (at least not my) interests for this nation or this world. They remind me way too much of the many things I dislike about our current batch of representatives (irregardless of party) we have in this country, except for the whole thing where they're too ineffectual to even bother trying to stop the Darfur genocide travesty with the necessary force to have saved thousands of lives. At least the GOP and the DNC have the balls to go to war when they believe they should (irregardless of whether they should or not).

That being said, I'll definitely check out your blog and thank you for weighing in on mine!
:-)

 
At 4/25/2006 8:35 PM, Blogger Tom Harper said...

That's pretty grim, the report on human trafficking. The movie Syriana showed the plight of Pakistani immigrants trying to find work in the Middle East, but this is even worse.

 
At 4/25/2006 8:40 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

Thank you Stephanie. I was going to mention Michael New when I saw the comment about the United Nations and a world army. That and my Hillary For President shirt with a slash going across her face. You handled it well.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

 
At 4/25/2006 11:10 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Yes, Tom, it's horrid that human trafficking is happening right under the nose of the US government. It makes me shudder to think that we've been there for years and it's just now getting addressed. I'm hoping that it means that it's only been happening for a short while, but I've my doubts.

 
At 4/25/2006 11:16 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

David,

As long as people are respectful I can usually disagree amicably. But, seriously, after looking at the site I still have lingering doubts about the authenticity. When I asked if it was satire, I got the "facts are facts" response to a post that we should be asking France if we should kill our prisoners and we should vote for Hillary, because she'd do it.

As for future discussions with HFP, it's probably not going to happen... I'm a hobbyist fiction writer. I've worked on my grammar, spelling and syntax since grade school in the hopes of using it as a professional writer someday. I'm not perfect by any means, but my written communicative skills are fairly polished. Reading language as badly mangled as HFP uses literally hurts my head. So, I won't be going back there.

 
At 4/26/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Praguetwin said...

This is a good post Stephanie.

I am very much against privatizing the military for other reasons (mostly strategic and economic) but now I have another.

It isn't about jobs Americans won't do, it is about jobs Americans won't do for $2 an hour. As serveral people (including myself) posted on GTL's blog, Americans would pick lettuce for $20 an hour regardless of what McCain says. Hell, I worked trail crew in the forest working with granite, a sledgehammer, and my hands for $12 an hour.

HFP is living in a fantasy world, or the whole thing is a farce. As you know from David's blog I support staying in the UN but any fool knows that it needs serious reform before we give it an Army.

 
At 4/26/2006 5:25 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Praguetwin,

Thank you. I too support militarizing the military for a variety of reasons. As far as I'm concerned, our military should be as cohesive a "unit" as possible, because lives literally depend upon it. GTL has brought up many good arguments against privatization. And, while the nature of it is extremely unfortunate, I'm glad to have "found" another.

In the end, I trust an American soldier to provide another American soldier with the means of survival (even if they're so-called degrading tasks like cooking a meal) than ANYONE else, because soldiers are trained to know that their lives depend on each other. Besides, I find this notion that Americans won't do domestic chores so entirely offensive, it isn't even funny. I mean, I do that stuff for free, because I love my family and health and wellness is important. If they honestly believe that soldiers would not do that for each other, knowing as only a soldier in the Sandbox (as GTL calls it) what's at stake...

All I can think of is my brother-in-law, who sacrificed so much to be in Iraq last go around...as a COOK!!! It makes me so mad that these guys on Capitol hill are basically dismissing his service as something any foreigner good do, as something that was somehow beneath him. I'm proud of this man. I'm proud of his service. And I'm my heart aches for the sacrifices he's made, knowing that he'd do it all again if he was called to do so. To think that our current President seems to think such service was wasted pisses me off!

 
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