A warning to soldiers

If you lay your life on the line for America, be forewarned:  We may not try to rescue you if you get captured.

This is a new policy, urged on by Republicans.  Yes, yes, I know — they always claim they “support the troops” but it’s similar to the way they are pro-life.  Their love for babies ends after birth, and their love for soldiers ends after they enlist.  June.Flagg_.Recruiting

From what I can gather, the GOP supports a policy of not making sure every soldier that is captured is returned.  Apparently if they think you might be someone they don’t like, then we should not rescue you.  A trial to determine your guilt is unnecessary.

This is completely unprecedented in American history, as all the Generals and military personnel have explained.  In fact, this is the exact same policy that got John McCain freed from an enemy prison, something he has apparently forgotten (which is not too surprising, because months ago he was criticizing Obama for not making this deal).

So no matter what we used to do, things have changed!  Once more, the goal of destroying this president outweighs whatever harm comes to this nation.  (A side note:  A few responsible Republicans have refused to jump on this anti-American bandwagon, and they should be applauded.)

Obama has refused to back down or give in to the complainers.  Here’s what he said:

“This is not some abstraction; this is not some political football. You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land, who they hadn’t seen in five years, and weren’t sure whether they’d ever see again. And as commander in chief of the United States armed forces, I am responsible for those kids.  I write too many letters to folks who unfortunately don’t see their children again after fighting a war.  I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents, and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child, and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try and get them back.”

So it’s time to rethink our recruiting posters.  “I Want YOU” needs to have an asterisk, with the note “unless you can be used in a way that harms our political rivals.”

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