Sunday, June 01, 2014

As If I Needed Another Reason


I stopped voting a few years ago, but if I ever start voting again it won't be for Republicans.

I am confirmed in that judgment call by the GOP reaction to a prisoner exchange in which the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan was freed:

"Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl's release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk," House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-Calif.) and the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James M. Inhofe (Okla.), said in a joint statement.

It's right there in black and white.

Republicans hate US military personnel so much they'd rather the Taliban have a strong incentive to kill them than to capture them.

Republicans hate US military personnel so much that they'd rather leave those personnel in the hands of the Taliban than get them back.

Speaking of which, Republicans care so little about America and its military personnel that they've supported dragging out a six-week war for 13 years, putting those personnel continuously (as a group) and often repeatedly (per individual) in harm's way for no better reason than that doing so allows them to more easily funnel hundreds of billions of stolen taxpayer dollars every year to their friends, campaign contributors and future employers in the "defense" industry.

Of course if it was a Republican in the White House and this prisoner exchange happened, Democrats would be saying the same things, for the same reasons.

A pox on both their houses. And here's hoping that America's soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines notice, take a hard look at the human-shaped piles of slime they're working for, and decide to seek other employment.

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