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Whom Can We Trust?

If we cannot trust our existing government to lead us, or even the intelligence that our president uses to go to war, whom can we trust? The DoD?

At least 20,000 U.S. troops who were not classified as wounded during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found with signs of brain injuries, according to military and veterans records compiled by USA TODAY.

The data, provided by the Army, Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs, show that about five times as many troops sustained brain trauma as the 4,471 officially listed by the Pentagon through Sept. 30. These cases also are not reflected in the Pentagon’s official tally of wounded, which stands at 30,327.

If you cannot trust the numbers put out by the institutions who are charged with doing it, how is it that people who are for the “war” in Iraq base their support and continued trust laden in the existing leadership?

Incidentally  , the coalition of the willing is about to shrink by another ally:

Also Friday, Poland’s new prime minister said he plans to withdraw troops from Iraq next year.

In a three-hour speech to parliament, Donald Tusk said that by the end of 2008, Poland will withdraw its 900 troops from Iraq, where it leads an internationa l contingent of about 2,000 soldiers from 10 nations in the south-centra l part of the country.

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2 Responses to “Whom Can We Trust?”

  1. This is serious. Hell of a time to release such a serious report, though. Must be worse even than it looks. This has to be told loudly after the holiday, and from then on.

    JMJ

  2. This is partly, but only partly, an honest mistake by the military.

    It is true that we’ve gotten better at the science of identifying TBIs in the last several years and are able to diagnose damage that would have been undetectable with the tools at hand even after Gulf War I. So to some extent, this unreported body of people with brain trauma - mostly due to blast effects that may not have left visible marks but can hit the brain like a baseball bat to the head - have almost certainly been present in every past war since explosive weapons entered common use, and this is the first time we’ve had the means to know that.

    But the military is guilty of some bad faith dealing with its people, the Congress, and the public too. This despicable practice of blaming sudden changes in people’s moods, thinking, and behavior after exposure to IEDs and other explosives on “pre-existin g personality disorders” has been criminally wrong and has to stop.

    One thing we need to know and remember about the military - as an institution, it acts like WalMart or any other big corporation.   It is part of the executive branch and has very little loyalty to anything other than its own interests, which are often not those of the people who wear its uniforms.

    To give credit where it is deserved, the VA is a whole different story. They’re overworked and understaffed  , but they’re dedicated and caring and good at what they do, and as a disabled vet I’ve never experienced or heard of anyone else experiencing any slighting or discounting of their problems and needs in dealing with the VA here.

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