Late night, on TV, I see a lot of Wounded Warrior Project commercials. They implore me to open my heart (and my wallet) and give back to the men and women putting their lives on the line for our country and our way of life...Yes they are. I absolutely support our veterans when they return from war. Having served in flightdeck operations of naval aviation from the decks of the USS Ranger and the USS Kitty Hawk from 1982-1985, I absolutely have first hand knowledge of the hardship and danger of the job. ...But the more I saw of the Wounded Warrior Project commercial pleas the angrier I grew.
- Why was a charitable organization stepping forward to provide these services?
- Doesn't the United States Armed Forces have the LARGEST MILITARY BUDGET of any other country in the world?
- Why were we hearing all these stories about veterans being "wait-listed" at VA hospitals, only for them to die months later still unseen and untreated by doctors?
- What was going on here?
The truth of the matter is this:
The United States knows more about going to war, and more about fighting wars, then it does about winding down wars, and taking care of the damaged people coming back from the wars our country engages in.Why?
Easy. Look at our Moral Outrage and what forces us to war: We claim that our goal is to protect life and combat terroristic, despotic forces. One of our primary reasons for going after Saddam Hussein (part of Bush's axis of evil). Except, Iran and N. Korea were part of the same axis? Why didn't we attack them? Answer? Saddam was a slam dunk and we could get to his oil. Remember: We were going to pay for the whole Iraqi War with the oil from the country. Strange, how we're still a Trillion in debt. Oddly enough, Iraqi Oil doesn't seem to have offset any American Costs of the war.If it is our goal to be the American World Police Force, then we attack injustice wherever we see it, right? Nope. 1,000,000 Rwanda citizens died in 1994, without the USA lifting a finger to stop it. About 200,000 to 400,000 people in Sudan have been killed between 2003 and 2010. Upwards of 3,000,000 people were killed in Cambodia in the late 70's. Let's face it. If the United States doesn't respond to ritualized genocidal attempts to eradicate an entire population of people, when it knows that these acts are taking place, then we really don't have much room to righteously declare the military actions we do engage in as manifestations of our desire to make the world a better place. We're just warming up a big plateful of horse manure at that point, passing it around, and seeing who'll bite.
We fight wars, because of economic interests, and economic interests only. Why are we engaged in the Middle East so often? That's where all the oil is. Plus, we don't care if our Allies are loving, caring democratic rulers or the most vile, scum-sucking dictator we can find (In the 1970's the Shah of Iran was our buddy, and in the 1980's, Saddam Hussein was our pal).
So, all of our Wars are fought to protect the economic interests of our country, and more specifically, to protect the economic interests of the lobbying corporations who own our country.Is it any wonder, then, that our VA is underfunded, and charitable organizations like the "Wounded Warrior Project" have to spring up to fill the holes that exist. What hole? There's no profit in caring for a wounded soldier. No economic incentive to provide a warrior suffering from PTSD a job. All this money pours into our Military-Industrial complex and we enrich corporate suits who have never served a day in the military as our country turns its back on its returning men and women in uniform. How absolutely sickening.
I just can't stand to watch these "Wounded Warrior Project" infomercials when they play late at night. Nothing serves as a greater reminder of the little value the corporations place on veterans. Why isn't the VA the BEST organization for veterans in need in this country? Because, there's no profit in helping soldiers who have nothing, who have no job, and who's physical ailments prevents them from becoming money generating profit centers.
Disgusting. Endless amounts of money to wage war, to profit from war, but nothing left over to do what's right for our men and women in uniform. Finally, I mostly blame neocon, right-wing, teapublican, nutbags who have this frame of mind that "We have to be the strongest country in the world". Democrats are just as guilty, but there's just something special about a guy like Mitt Romney and his 5 sons all who have never served a day in the military talk about how "They're big on Defense". Of course you are Mitt. People like you and Dick Cheney tent-pole the front of your pants everytime a war is mentioned as you salivate at the prospects of more, and more profits. Listen up all you "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round that Old Oak Tree" folks. Next time you're feeling all patriotic, and swollen up with pride about our country's military, catch a "Wounded Warrior Project" infomercial and ask yourself, "Why isn't the US Veterans Administration" providing all the services that this charity claims to be delivering. You ought to be mad. Mad as hell.