Sunday, July 03, 2005
Military Meets Recruiting Goals... Or Not
"With the deluge of negative news that we get daily, it's just amazing to me that anybody would want to sign up," said Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican.
Ah, yes. Attack the messenger, not the message. Now, I don't doubt that there's a lot of good news that's underreported, but I don't think that a lack of good news is a determent to recruiting so much as the abundant bad news (and even at that, the daily toll of homicide bombings and US military deaths is quickly becoming background noise in the media).
And frankly, I'm guessing that a lot of people are getting tired of hearing the administration talk about "turning the corner". Saddam's sons. Saddam himself. Drafting a constitution. A handover of power to the Iraq provisional government. Cleaning up Fallujah. Voting. All of those events were supposed to bring us around the corner, and so far, they've pretty much failed to alter the course. If I wanted to get that sort of BS, it can be found in any typical full-time job, and my bad days don't involve car bombs or gunfire.