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the privatization and systematic destruction of America's armed forces

Many conservatives say they stand for a "Strong America." I make the argument that our current "surge" into corporate imperialism is, in fact, destroying our military and this country's ability to defend itself.
Does it concern you that Americans are selling out their ability to make steel? [  link to www.pe.com ]
Does it concern you that our military is stretched so thin that former chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell recently said that the Army is "about broken" [  link to www.townhall.com ]?
Does it concern you that 56 percent of troops from the first Gulf War are claiming disability as compared to a 10 percent disability rate after the war in Vietnam? [  link to thecedarsoflebanonweep.com ]
Are you aware that thousands of foreign citizens are serving with our troops for the promise of a green card [  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4584.htm ]?
Aren't you the tiniest bit worried that your tax dollars are being used to pay for privately owned mercenary firms like Blackwater USA? Private contractors like CACI are doing our interregation dirty work for us - and they are not beholden to the American people, nor American laws [  http://www.counterpunch.org/lando05042004.html ]. Yet you're paying for them. You're paying for private corporations to defend other private corporations. In money and in blood.

I did a radio commentary on thes very subject a couple years ago. [  http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=11027 ] That was before Blackwater Corp.invaded the streets of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina [  http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=11027 ] That was before Blackwater Corp.invaded the streets of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina [  link to www.infocafe.com ].

What does it mean that America is selling out its one last great asset - its ability to defend herself? If there's one thing I want conservatives to understand, it is this: Those pulling the strings of the Bush administration do not have America's best interests at heart. In fact, their policies are destroying our military. Largely conservative groups like the National Rifle Association decry the slightest perceived threat against the 2nd Amendment, but what does that amendment really say?

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Where was the Louisiana National Guard when Hurricane Katrina hit? Defending oil fields for Halliburton. Where are our well-organized militias to protect us from enemies both foreign and domestic? They've been outsourced to Blackwater. What's to stop them from being outsourced to desperate third-world mercenaries? This is about as un-American, anti-military and Fascistic as it gets, folks. Please, please, look into this.