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Friday, August 19, 2005

To All Consenting Adults

While I sympathize with all mothers and fathers who have lost loved ones in the war in Iraq, I must agree with Mark Steyn's comments below. Every individual in military uniform over there is a "volunteer". First and foremost, a Marine is a combatant. In the army, each enlistee's primary job decription is infantry. That means all of them are trained for armed combat. And there is no guarantee that says they will never have to experience war anywhere in the world. Many have been heard to say: "I enlisted to earn money for college. Not to go to war."

Where is that written in the contracts they signed, not to mention the oath each one of them took and swore to uphold? Camping out on a lawn in Crawford, Texas will not change what is written in any of those contracts, signed by consenting adults.

From Mark Steyn, of "The Spectator"

Ever since America’s all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterise them as ‘children’. If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that’s her decision and her parents shouldn’t get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the Oval Office shagpile and chow down on Bill Clinton, she’s a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year old is serving his country overseas, he’s a wee ‘child’ who isn’t really old enough to know what he’s doing.