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I thought the debate was hilarious. Bush would press for the impromptu 30 second rebuttal against the first one, and just freeze for 10 seconds, say something stupid, then something general. Bush couldn't debate as well as Kerry.
A lot of people in the military don't want to be there. Some are pressed by economic conditions, some sent by their family to "straighten out". Either way, they're "volunteers," but only in that they weren't drafted.
i'm taking time off stuff i actually NEED to be doing to visit this forum, but what the fuck ever. i spent the whole day grading exams. i have had a cold for TWO WEEKS. i work in a germ farm.
to return from digression, you have a tangential point to mine: many "volunteer" enlistees were pressed by the worsening economy. my direct point, though, was that once a person's term of duty is up, they are supposed to be released except in times of war (i forget the exact phrasing in the contract, but my cousin was in the navy and many of my friends were marines; i've read the second-swearing documents).
correct me if i'm wrong, but this is not a "time of war." didn't a huge banner appear on an aircraft carrier somewhere, claiming "mission accomplished?"
ugh; what cliché. i can't believe i just said that, but that it's still relevant is what really unnerves me.
military operations other than war is the technical term
and signing up for the military isn't like signing up to run a booth at a craft fair for a couple hours, when your time is up you get to go home no matter what. you sign up to do a job and to serve your country, and if your country needs more time out of you then it's your job to give it
anybody who throws a fit about that didn't understand what they were getting into and shouldn't have volunteered in the first place
Sure, there is no draft, but there is this pesky thing called a "stop loss" that prevents soldiers from leaving the service when their time is up. There is also involunitary extensions, and recall of inactive reserves. These are all the things that Kerry is talking about when accuses Bush of "back door drafts".
i dont understand your anger, granted there is the back door draft problem, but nothing has happened yet, if your going to get mad about something, get mad that you actually used a little smiley face with the tongue sticking out