Saturday, May 05, 2007

Moral and Mental Problems Plague U.S. Troops

This, at the post, looks like very bad news indeed. American troops fighting in Iraq may be becoming less sane and less good. (Those things, in my opinion, often go together.)

Running off to a graduation ceremony right now, but will just note that, at a glance, it seems to me that the questions might have been unclear enough--and unclear in such a way as--to make things look worse than they really are.

Still, this is very bad news no matter how you look at it.

I doubt that these costs--perhaps some of the most significant ones--have been taken into account when the costs of the war have been estimated.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I'm really interested in is the long-term effect this'll have on military families, who've been (understandably)some of the biggest supporters of this war.

But if things really are this bad, those families are going to be dealing with the fallout from Iraq for a long, long time, and unlike Vietnam, where, thanks to the draft, most of the soldiers were people who were relatively poor and powerless, these guys are solidly middle class. They're also a fairly solid backer of both the GOP and a steady source of volunteers for the armed forces. It's moderately interesting to see how blowback from ill-served military families might hurt the GOP politically; it'll be really fascinating (if somewhat troubling) if military families start leaving the military after their experience in Iraq.

12:31 PM  

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