By Judi McLeod Friday, February 15, 2013
President Barack Hussein Obama is not gutting the U.S. military, he’s working at making it irrelevant.
In public Obama professes an admiration for US troops, bestowing medals of bravery on them in media-blitzed photo ops. Wife Michelle plays a role in the public display carried by media propaganda that crows “The Obamas love the US military”.
But behind the scenes, Obama, the Artful Dodger of Modern Times, lobs bombs at the US military without running the risk he’ll ever be caught tossing.
The never-ending Marxist strategy the cunning Obama uses against the military should be called his two-step tango. It’s a toss-and-duck operation played out from the convenient safety of afar.
The sniper was gunned down by former Marine Eddie Routh at a Texas shooting range while Kyle was attempting to help Routh overcome his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from service in the war in Iraq. Paul’s comment on Twitter was as follows: “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense”
Some are smugly pointing out that this disorder can be treated by repeating the trauma-inducing phenomenon under controlled conditions, thus making a shooting range a plausible site to attempt to aid someone with PTSD. Of course, it is not this part of Paul’s Twitter comment that is being criticized as “appalling”–it’s the part of the statement that says “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’”
by Stephen Lendman
Headlines like this should shock: Suicides Outpace War Deaths. Surge in Military Suicides. Nearly Two Dozen Veterans Commit Suicide Daily.
These reports and similar ones reveal imperialism’s dark side. War takes its toll. Civilians suffer most. So do many combatants and veterans after returning home.
Most people don’t know. Little gets reported. Why do active duty personnel and vets take their own lives?
Unbearable emotional pain consumes them. Daily trauma builds. So does intolerable stress. Relief is desperately sought. Suicide is chosen. It’s a last option. Others were exhausted.
Suffering an IED blast on the battlefield is most certainly a traumatic event, especially when accompanied by witnessing the death or injury of other service members or civilians. Untangling the physical from the mental damage is never easy.
But doctors and veterans’ advocates feel that they are running out of time, given the skyrocketing rates of suicide among active-duty soldiers and veterans. According to the most recent statistics, Army and Navy suicides are at a record high: 2012 was the worst year for self-inflicted deaths since the military began tracking them in 2001. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta last summer called the situation an “epidemic” — with approximately 3,000 military suicides on record since 9/11.
Silver Star Families of America Update on Lance Corporal Hammar… (Re Marine Chained To Bunk – Mexican Jail)
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A new picture was released today that shows Lance Corporal Hammar chained to his bed. According to the United States Consulate in Matamoros Hammar was removed from the general population into an administrative area with little security. Their solution was to use restraints.
After the family complained the restraints were removed and have not been replaced.
According to the U.S. Consulate the picture was taken in September before the complaint was filed. He was visited by the Consulate on 13 December.
(Promised to keep you all updated)
Many reasons have been suggested to explain the substantial rise in the suicide rate of soldiers that began in 2004.
Yet eight years and hundreds of deaths later, the suicide rate hasn’t improved. The number of suspected suicides in 2012 among active-duty soldiers was 166 at the end of October, surpassing the 165 total for all of 2011.
Aurora’s mass murderer James Holmes, would appear was working with this program that turns out was linked to a Government contract investigating and mitigating the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder via the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Neuroscience Graduate Program,
University of Colorado at Anshutz Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado. Link to the book Nerve Growth Factors: Advances in Research and Application: 2011 Edition that makes direct referrence to the contract.
We depend on them to protect our country, our lives, our freedom, our way of life. So why does our government continue to shortchange our veterans by chronically underfunding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), especially at a time when our vets need the VA the most?
The Army Surgeon General’s office is backing away from its long-standing endorsement of prescribing troops multiple highly addictive psychotropic drugs for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and early this month warned regional medical commanders against using tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium to treat PTSD.
An April 10 policy memo that the Army Medical Command released regarding the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD said a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which include Xanax and Valium, could intensify rather than reduce combat stress symptoms and lead to addiction.
The memo, signed by Herbert Coley, civilian chief of staff of the Army Medical Command, also cautioned service clinicians against prescribing second-generation antipsychotic drugs, such as Seroquel and Risperidone, to combat PTSD.
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: unwell in the mind
Synonyms: cracked, crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daft, demented, deranged, insane, loco, loony, lunatic, mad, not of sound mind, nuts, nutty, off one’s rocker, out of one’s mind, paranoid, psycho, psychopathic, psychotic, schizophrenic, touched, unbalanced
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – A discharged Marine private who slit his wrists in a suicide attempt is fighting his military conviction for deliberately injuring himself, arguing the punishment is inconsistent with the armed forces‘ efforts to battle a rise in suicides during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It’s not clear how often the Marines or any other service branch prosecute active duty members for trying to kill themselves. But the defense lawyer for Pvt. Lazzaric T. Caldwell says it’s wrong to punish service members with mental health problems for genuine suicide attempts. Suicide prevention has become a priority across the military as numbers climbed in the past decade with the increasing stress of combat and multiple deployments in the wars.
Caldwell, 25, of Camp Pendleton, Calif., never deployed to a war zone but was diagnosed in 2009 with post-traumatic stress disorder and a personality disorder, according to court records. In 2010, he slashed his wrists in his barracks at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan.
He pleaded guilty at a court-martial that year to “intentional self-injury without intent to avoid service,” a criminal charge that the government says helps maintain good order and discipline in the armed forces. The charge is sometimes used in self-injury cases when there isn’t enough evidence to prove malingering, military justice experts say.
(‘ Officer John Doe I stated: ‘I don’t have time to play this constitutional bullshit!’) ~ Man Calls Suicide Hotline; Arrested, Cops Trash House Looking for Gun (DC)
A depressed Army reservist who made a phone call for help says dozens of police responded by surrounding his home and arresting him, vandalizing and searching his place without a warrant, seizing his dog and killing his tropical fish.
Matthew Corrigan, who lives alone with his dog, sued the District of Columbia in D.C. Federal Court.
Confronted with a massive police presence after his plea for help, Corrigan says, he denied officers permission to enter his house, but they entered and trashed it anyway, saying, “I don’t have time to play this constitutional bulls**t!”
Corrigan says the debacle started on Feb. 2, 2010.
“Corrigan telephoned what he believed to be the ‘Military’s Emotional Support Hotline’ because he was depressed and had not slept for several days,” the complaint states.
“The number Corrigan called was in fact the National Suicide Hotline. When he stated that he was a veteran, he was asked if he had firearms, to which he said yes. He said nothing about being suicidal or using a firearm or threatening anyone. After a short conversation, Corrigan hung up, turned off the phone, took prescribed sleeping medication, and went to bed.
“At approximately 4 a.m. in the morning of Feb. 3, 2010, Corrigan awoke because he heard his name being called over a bullhorn. There were floodlights outside his front and back doors and an estimated 8 police officers in the back yard and 20 in the front yard.
“Corrigan turned on his phone and found that Officer Fischer of the 5th District was calling him, asking him to come out, which he did at about 4:50 a.m., locking the door behind him. He was handcuffed and put in the back of a SWAT truck.
“When Officer John Doe I (upon information and belief, Officer John Doe I is Lieutenant Robert Glover) asked Corrigan for the key to his apartment, he informed the officer: ‘There is no way I am giving you consent to enter my place.’ Officer John Doe I stated: ‘I don’t have time to play this constitutional bullshit!’ and ordered that Officers John Does II-V, members of the Emergency Response Team (ERT), enter the apartment.” (Parentheses in complaint).
Corrigan says police took him to a VA hospital, broke his front door and entered his apartment without a warrant, where they confiscated his guns, vandalized his place and took his dog to an animal shelter.
“Although the officers had no information that there were explosives in Corrigan’s home and the home had been secured, John Does VI-X, the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team, entered Corrigan’s home without a warrant and searched for explosives,” the complaint states. “The EOD team opened closed containers and used X-ray equipment to search closed containers.
In the 60 years since he was wounded at war, Ruben Campos has lived a happy, healthy life in Tucson.
The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to know why.
The VA is taking a closer look at veterans like Campos, 81, after recent medical research showed a link between war wounds and increased longevity.
Aging veterans who, in their youths, earned Purple Hearts -awarded to troops wounded in action – substantially outlived their military peers who didn’t receive the medal, the study found.
At the end of the study period, “those with Purple Heart citations had half the mortality rate of those without,” said a recent news release from the VA. The results held true regardless of whether the veterans had post-traumatic stress disorder, it said.
If further research can figure out why, it could help later generations of war veterans, it added.
“War-wounded veterans who survive into later life – especially those who do not develop PTSD – may provide valuable clues as to the factors that lead to resilience to combat stress,” the VA said.
The Tucson area is home to hundreds of combat-wounded veterans.
About 200 of them, including Campos, belong to the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, where members range in age from their 20s to their 90s.
Campos, a former Army paratrooper wounded by mortar fire in Korea in 1951, is mystified by the VA findings.
“It seems odd,” he said, adding his own secrets to good living are pretty simple.
He and wife Rose have three kids and three grandchildren. He gets medical care from the VA in Tucson, goes to church and spends some of his time helping others, for example, by assisting with food deliveries to the needy.
The former maintenance worker with Tucson Unified School District said he’s been relatively healthy all his life.
David Alegria, who leads the local Purple Heart chapter, also was puzzled by the VA study.
He wonders if increased longevity might be due to wounded veterans’ paying closer attenti
The words certainly deserve an Orwellian name.
The catch-phrase was rolled out the minute the war started, which makes one wonder about its public relations origin.
Who can oppose supporting the troops, at least before we learned from WikiLeaks and Abu Ghraib of the intentional killing of civilians and torturing of whoever happened to be rounded up in the various sweeps?
All for the fun and games of it.“Support the troops” originated in the public relations department of the military/security complex
What “support the troops” really means is to support the profits of the armaments industry and the neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony.
Our soldiers and military families are paying for the Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon wars with lives, limbs, post-traumatic stress, suicides, broken marriages, children without fathers, wives without husbands, and parents without sons and daughters.
“Support the troops” is one of the most cruel hoaxes in human history, and yet the vastmajority of the population has fallen for it.
“War Is Peace.”
Gunner, a bomb-sniffing dog mustered out of the Marines for canine post-traumatic stress disorder, has found a new home with Deb and Dan Dunham, whose Marine son died in Iraq protecting the men beside him.
With liquid brown eyes and Labrador loyalty, Gunner is giving the Dunhams back a little of what they lost.
Together, they are healing what they can and living with what they must.