Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Bush HAS Asked for Sacrifices!

Mea Culpa Mr. Bush!

All this time we libs of modest means have offered to make whatever sacrifices we can that will shorten this war - or at the very least, better safeguard our troops. Meanwhile, Herr President has helped the war profiteers by making tax cuts permanent and armored vehicles haven't been produced simply because the Bush administration hasn't asked for them.

But little did we know that the Liar in Chief did ask for sacrifices. Remember way back in one of those crapola, hard-to-listen-to State of the Union addresses he made when out of the blue he started going on about steroids in baseball? I remember thinking, "we're at war, motherfucker, what the fuck are you jabbering about?"

Well, sure enough, that was his call for sacrifice!

Because Georgie-porgie, drugged up loser that he is, is saving up his love -- I mean steroids -- for the troops! He does support the troops, dammit. In fact, he supports the troops more than you do!

Have no idea what I'm talking about? Well get your hiney right over to this site. There you can listen to a segment of Fresh Air with Terry Gross. In it, she interviews John Crawford who has ... well let me just let them tell it:

John Crawford: The Accidental Soldier

With two credits to go before college graduation, John Crawford was called to active duty and sent to the front lines in Iraq. Crawford had joined the Florida National Guard in order to pay his tuition -- and didn't expect to go to war. His new memoir is The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq. It was written partly while on active duty and partly back in the United States after he returned.

See, where the sacrifice comes in is here: Crawford goes on at length about steroids. His company was known for steroid use. Everybody knew about it. Crawford himself shot up some of his buddies. Those guys didn't like needles. They went on to not like a lot of things when they were 'roid raging. Just what we need, huh? Representatives of our country, guys acting in our name, an Amuricun occupying force on patrol with really bad tempers. Way to go Bush, you cocksucker!

Now, Crawford didn't go the 'roid route. He went the valium route. Where the 'roids were technically illegal -- but widespread and tacitly approved -- valium was cheap, plentiful and available without prescription. Crawford said that he got them in the PX for about two bucks -- oh, yeah, that's about a thousand for two bucks. He was popping up to seven a day. He said it was quite an ordeal to kick when he came back because he really never figured out how addictive they were...

But I'm sure the VA is going to help these guys decompress when they get back, right... oh, right... nevermind..

So, yeah, the baseball players are making some sacrifices. At least that's something, right?

We can't send those guys body armor, armored vehicles or give them medical care or counseling when they get back but we can drug 'em up reeeeeal good while they're there. Is this the American way? It sure sounds like the George W. Bush way.

UPDATE: Please read comments below for some discussion and corrections.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, This is John Crawford...i wrote the book, and did the interview, and if you listened to it...i never said the px...the pharmacy, the army never provided or shipped anything like that was all done by the Iraqis, the drugs are allowed there and always have been. neither one was legal in the military....i mention steroids in one sentence in my book, and its all people can talk about..people did it, but it was probably 20% of the entire company, (assuming say 45% of us worked out regularly, and then about half out of that were juicing) but i understand where the confusion comes in...but make no mistake...the VA won't help anyone, they won't even help gunshot victimes...

August 10, 2005 6:07 AM  
Blogger Cassandra Complex said...

John, and for the sake of this I'm going to assume that I'm talking to the real John Crawford, I apologize for leaping to the conclusion that when you said pharmacy you meant PX. I was a fourth generation military brat so I just automatically went there... I can see where buying drugs "on the economy" would make it easier to get them without prescriptions.

However, I also know that the military is subject to inconsistent enforcement, i.e.: one commander turns his head on drug use, torture or gays in the military and another is a tight ass about these transgressions. This makes for difficult navigating down the chain of command. It sounds like there was, indeed, at least tacit approval of drug use in your unit.

I did listen to your interview -- twice -- and found it very moving. My husband and I differed in our views about drug use. He understood, on the surface, why superiors might approve of drugged combatants. But, ultimately, this mission is so ill defined that we both agree that it can't be a good idea to have folks who aren't trained for diplomacy in the first place trying to fulfill diplomatic missions hopped up on goofballs.

And this was sold to the US people as a diplomatic mission, right? You were supposed to be helping those oppressed Iraqis, right? Sure, there are insurgents. We know that. But, my understanding is that they look an awful lot like the victims over there and being under the influence isn't going to help you tell them apart.

Thank you for your service. I'm so sorry that it was misguided by the civilians at the top.

August 10, 2005 1:39 PM  

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