Dave DeCamp of Antiwar.com with a news article on U.S. Army unpleasantly surprised after asking veterans about the impact of serving. Examples of some of the vets’ comments in survey: “26 brothers dead. Only 8 in theater. Psyche ward myself after 3 attempts. Everything we accomplished in Mosul was wasted. Every life we gave was spat on. That’s how serving impacted me.” “Let’s see. Lost the functional use of a hand, developed a rare movement disorder and cancer both likely from burn pit exposure, enjoy sleeping 3 to 4 hours most nights due to nightmares and during the day random anxiety attacks all due to PTSD, 7 herniated discs, arthritis…” “My son served and did one tour of OEF, he made it back, re-enlisted, and shot himself in the head.” (Thanks, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.)
Another news item. No joke: bloodthirsty warvangelical Mike Pence tells West Point graduates: “It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen.” (Yay!) And: “Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere … When that day comes, I know you will move to the sound of the guns.” (WHEN that day comes? These people are sick.)
And Peter Certo says that pardoning war criminals is a monstrous way to honor Memorial Day.