Chimperator Bush and company are continuing to destroy the US military. Despite claims of “supporting the troops,” one needs only see the stress placed on military families by continual deployments to realize that Bush’s misguide war in Iraq is driving qualified and dedicated people from the military. Living in an area with a huge military presence, I know individuals who have already been to Iraq three or more times. Each time the stress is worse and the horrors they see more terrible. Not surprisingly many of them plan to leave the military at the first available option. A few gays in the military have actually “outed” themselves rather than be faced with going to Iraq on another deployment. This trend is not unique to the greater Norfolk area as shown by this CNN report:
CNN reported on Friday about the "alarming number" of mid-level army officers leaving the military as soon as they complete their initial commitment, many of them citing family reasons and multiple deployments. The army has been forced to offer new incentives for re-enrolling, including bonuses and extra training.
The percentage of career officers deciding not to stay in the military is the highest it has been since the Vietnam War and includes many West Point graduates, "creating a brain drain in the top ranks." A general interviewed by CNN expressed concern that "we're losing the next generation of future combat leaders for the army."
Again, I cannot blame these individuals from leaving the military, particularly since serving with honor has been made impossible by a President who has authorized torture and wants to disregard the Geneva Convention. Bush most assuredly is the worse president in US history.