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Sunday, March 18, 2007

American Wounded and Disabled Vets - Duped and Dumped


Systemic and deliberate, the cold indifference and criminal neglect targeted against physically and psychologically wounded members of the American Armed Forces is rooted deep within the power structure inherent to the corporate classism that has infected American Democracy.


War with all its accessories, has over the last century, become America's principal export. Militarism has galloped roughshod over human decency ridden by the demons of neoconservativism. Hungry for complete authoritarian power and fiendishly addicted to arms trade profits, corporate elitists have highjacked the American Constitution, and hold it hostage still. They are obsessed with American control of the entire planet and control of the realm of space beyond Earth's atmosphere. The lust of American Imperialists for a Global Empire is destroying the United States and her people.

Wounded soldiers simply don't matter in the wake of such an ambitious agendum. Non-elite personnel are, after all, expendable. The military definition of expendable which applies to personnel, equipment, or supplies is: capable of being sacrificed in order to accomplish a military objective. An American Global Empire, like the ill-fated, irresponsible invasion and occupation of Iraq is NOT a necessary military objective.

Photo courtesy Vietnam Veterans Against The War (1972)
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The Duped Part - or - What if They Gave a War and Nobody Came?

Young men and women are brainwashed when they go through basic training. The whole process is geared to break the individual down and replace their mental sense of themselves, abilities to question, to reason, and to think, with automatated, blind obedience. The German High Command used these methods to perfect obedient soldiers who, without question, would carry out the orders of their Fuher, Adolph Hitler.

While these young people, whose brains have not yet fully matured, are being stripped of their humanity and intellectual capabilities, they are fed on a steady diet of propaganda particular to whichever kings, despots, or cabal of elites they have sworn to serve.

Many of the current crop of American soldiers enlisted to defend their families, to fight the enemy "over there" so they could not destroy us "over here". Unfortunately, many were also led to believe that Iraqis were responsible for 9/11 and didn't inform themselves enough to question.

Young Americans are raised to think that "LOYALTY" means that they OWE the government their lives - that it is their lot to SACRIFICE. This type of PROPAGANDA has trickled down to the working and middle classes, from the elite ruling class, as patriotic, moral values that they themselves do not embrace. Hiding behind old world, feudalistic, double standards enables those who create war for profit and empire, to avoid endangering their family members or themselves.

We owe the government in Washington D.C. NOTHING; certainly not our limbs, minds, lives or loved ones. The President, the Vice President, and the Congress are our EMPLOYEES and they are not doing their jobs! They have failed to represent the American people by waging an aggressive war of choice. The illegal invasion of Iraq was launched with the ultimate goals of an extended occupation that would ensure the control of Iraq's natural resources (OIL) and the establishment of permanent mega bases from which the war could be expanded into Iran and Syria.

Eventually, many soldiers who are on the front lines, wake up to realize that they have been lied to and used. Then, they fight only to survive, or to save the lives of their buddies. Our military has been misused, misled, and abused. When soldiers can't fight anymore, they are dumped. Forced to fight through bureaucratic garbage for the care that is owed to them, these wounded soldiers continue to suffer, while the money for the care that was promised them is diverted to support more war.

What if they gave a war and nobody came? What if the Germans had refused to fight for Hitler? What if the Japanese had refused to fight for the Emperor. Kings cannot rule without armies. Conquerors cannot invade alone. And, Imperialists cannot colonize and exploit without the use of armed forces. American Imperialists cannot dominate the globe if "We the People" refuse to commit war crimes by refusing to fight. Support the troops by withdrawing all support for wars on foreign soil.

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Diversionary Tactics - or - Screw the Wounded Soldiers and Disabled Veterans

Why are wounded soldiers and disabled veterans treated so badly? They are no longer useful, and they are a direct financial threat to the American military industrial security complex and all the gluttons who stuff themselves at its pork-filled trough.

How are war wounded and disabled vets systematically kept from the medical and psychiatric care that is rightfully and humanely theirs? And, where are the funds and the personnel to care for the mounting needs of wounded soldiers and disabled vets? The following are some of the BULLSHIT tactics used to channel attention and funds away from those who need care along with the destinations of those funds:

- PSYCHOLOGICAL PRESSURE
is used at various levels of the chain of command to dissuade soldiers from seeking mental health help. Soldiers are sometimes refused permission to seek needed treatment. Soldiers are made to feel as if they are weak, not manly, making it up, or betraying their unit if they need or seek mental health intervention. Mental health problems and PTSD are often treated as non issues. Those who are mentally traumatized are sometimes ostracized or punished instead of treated. Recently, traumatized soldiers are being plied with psychotropic drugs and sent back into combat.

- THERE HAS BEEN AN ONGOING CAMPAIGN TO DOWNPLAY THE SERIOUSNESS OF PTSD, CANCER FROM AGENT ORANGE, GULF WAR SYNDROME, AND NOW, CANCER AND RADIATION SICKNESS FROM EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM.
Since the Vietnam War, disabled veterans and their families have been fighting for medical care and financial compensation because of the very serious, debilitating illnesses mentioned above. The American government has concentrated its efforts to disprove the existence of and or minimize the devastating effects of those illnesses. Our government has even accused very sick people of lying and trying to "steal" from Uncle Sam.

- TREACHERY, TRICKERY, AND DRUGS

are being used to "dupe" wounded and disabled vets into signing away their medical care. Soldiers are over-medicated to keep them confused and subdued. Doped up they aren't likely to DEMAND better care.

Families of soldiers suffering Traumatic Brain Injury are being encouraged to place their loved ones in nursing homes without the patient having been treated with the aggressive cognitive rehabilitation necessary for recovery from TBI.


The are no advocates within the military medical syst
em who act in the interest of the wounded soldier. The system is geared to exploit the wounded while protecting the government.

- ANTIQUATED RECORD KEEPING EQUIPTMENT AND UNDERSTAFFED FACILITIES
The US military has state-of-the-art, computerized weaponry that is extremely costly but cannot manage medical records within the military health care system or between the military health care system and the VA health care system
. The entire military medical system is understaffed leaving soldier patients waiting months for appointments and necessary care.

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- Skewed Priorities - or - Where does our money go?

The following are glaring examples of the skewed priorities and twisted values practiced by the Pentagon and the current neoc
onservative Administration in the White House.


- VIP CARE AND SUITES AVAILABLE FOR GOVERNMENTAL ELITES AT WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER
This is a disgusting misuse of taxpayers funds. Consider that the President, Vice President, and members of Congress are paid well enough to be wealthy. They should pay for their own medical care and use the same care that the taxpayers are forced to use. BUT NO... The suite-filled top floor of Walter Reed Army Medical Center is set aside for the Prez, his wife, the Vice, federal judges, members of Congress, high-ranking military officers, and the President's Cabinet... Oh No... That means that Karl Rove gets better medical care than our wounded troops, in cushy surroundings, and WE ARE PAYING for it! The TROOPS are more IMPORTANT than those people. Close the VIP floor and send the money and the staff to take care of the wounded!!!!!!!

See slide show of special suites for the elite here.

- NAVAL WASTE
Two carrier groups have been deployed to the Persian Gulf region, the USS Eisenhower and group and the USS Stennis and group. The Bush Administration wants to expand its war for oil into Iran.

How much is it costing us for these ships and their crews to threaten and/or attack Iran?

- WEAPONS FOR OUTER SPACE - or - STARWARS, THE SEQUAL
Rumsfeld famously streamlined our military. He streamlined it so well that our soldiers still lack protective vests and armored vehicles. What did Rummy and the Pentagon do with all of the money they saved by not supporting the troops? They sneakily diverted the dough to fund "Weapons for Space"!

The Bush warmongers have declared to the rest of the world that outer space is now American territory. No more collaborative space programs, no more research, space will from this point on will be patrolled by the American military. Why? Well, it sure isn't to promote peace. The control of space will allow America to bully and attack any country that does not submit to American power. Bush and the Republican neoconservatives are planning an EMPIRE. We have become the Nazis that our fathers so bravely fought in Europe during WWII.

Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon are drooling at the unimaginable profits they are raking in while our wounded and their families languish.

- LITTLE BASES, BIG BASES, MEGA BASES - THE AMERICAN EMPIRE HAS BASES EVERYWHERE
"There are 192 recognized nations on Earth; the U.S. has troops in 135 of them." There are 737 known U.S. military bases on foreign soils, an unknown number of outposts (hundreds) and an unknown number of secret prisons and torture chambers established and run by the CIA and the U.S. military.

EMPIRE costs hundreds of billions of dollars. The U.S. government spends next to nothing on peaceful non-aggressive methods of interacting with its neighbors. Pertetual, preemptive wars are draining our coffers. Billions in funds are continually being skimmed from the troops and the American public. These funds are then directed by stealth toward base building.

There are 14 large bases in Iraq: four of them are "Mega Bases" ( the size of a medium-sized city. They are permanent but labeled with the misleading term, "enduring". The Bush Administration and Gen. Petraeus are planning to cycle troops through the mega bases in Iraq for the next 10 years! Someone has to guard the oil fields that western oil companies will be developing and profiting from.

Lives are being wasted, our soldiers and veterans are being neglected, and money is being wasted that we don't even have. China owns the majority of the debt run up by Bush and the oilboys, and we are hated all over the globe.

IT IS TIME FOR US TO FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY HERE! GET ANGRY!

DEBATE, DISSENT, QUESTION, INVESTIGATE, & DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY!



* Sorry not to have posted for so long. It has taken me two weeks to research and write this. I am outraged. There was a major march against the war here and I have been spring cleaning, too. I hope everyone is well. Peace.
.............Kitchen Window Woman...............

Resident Scholar, American Patriot Institute

16 Comments:

Blogger RoseCovered Glasses said...

Your post has some excellent points. I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak. Here's some additional data:

The U.S. Department of Defense, headquartered in the Pentagon, is one of the most massive organizations on the planet, with net annual operating costs of $635 billion, assets worth $1.3 trillion, liabilities of $1.9 trillion and more that 2.9 million military and civilian personnel as of fiscal year 2005.

It is difficult to convey the complexity of the way DOD works to someone who has not experienced it. This is a massive machine with so many departments and so much beaurocracy that no president, including Bush totally understands it.

Presidents, Congressmen, Cabinet Members and Appointees project a knowledgeable demeanor but they are spouting what they are told by career people who never go away and who train their replacements carefully. These are military and civil servants with enormous collective power, armed with the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Defense Industrial Security Manuals, compartmentalized classification structures and "Rice Bowls" which are never mixed.

Our society has slowly given this power structure its momentum which is constant and extraordinarily tough to bend. The cost to the average American is exhorbitant in terms of real dollars and bad decisions. Every major power structure member in the Pentagon's many Washington Offices and Field locations in the US and Overseas has a counterpart in Defense Industry Corporate America. That collective body has undergone major consolidation in the last 10 years.

What used to be a broad base of competitive firms is now a few huge monoliths, such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Boeing and SAIC. If you would like to read how they control our government, please see:
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

Government oversight committees are carefully stroked. Sam Nunn and others who were around for years in military and policy oversight roles have been cajoled, given into on occasion but kept in the dark about the real status of things until it is too late to do anything but what the establishment wants. This still continues - with increasing high technology and potential for abuse.

Please examine the following link to testimony given by Franklin C. Spinney before Congress in 2002. It provides very specific information from a whistle blower who is still blowing his whistle (Look him up in your browser and you get lots of feedback) Frank spent the same amount of time as I did in the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) but in government quarters. His job in government was a similar role to mine in defense companies. Frank's emphasis in this testimony is on the money the machine costs us. It is compelling and it is noteworthy that he was still a staff analyst at the Pentagon when he gave this speech. I still can't figure out how he got his superior's permission to say such blunt things. He was extremely highly respected and is now retired.

http://www.d-n-i.net/fcs/spinney_testimony_060402.htm

The brick wall I often refer to is the Pentagon's own arrogance. It will implode by it's own volition, go broke, or so drastically let down the American people that it will fall in shambles. Rest assured the day of the implosion is coming. The machine is out of control.

If you are interested in a view of the inside of the Pentagon procurement process from Vietnam to Iraq please check the posting on this blog entitled, "Odyssey of Armaments"

http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/odyssey-of-armaments.html

On the same subject, you may also be interested in the following sites from the "Project On Government Oversight", observing it's 25th Anniversary and from "Defense In the National Interest", inspired by Franklin Spinney and contributed to by active/reserve, former, or retired military personnel.

http://pogo.org/

http://www.d-n-i.net/top_level/about_us.htm

5:04 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

The "Support The Troops!" Chimpletons will not be swayed by any evidence presented to them.

Their beloved monkey Messiah has told them that anyone who opposes him coddles "turrists" who our killing our soldiers, and anyone in lockstep wants "victory" and loves soldiers. They will not seek out any more information because they aren't practicing politics when it comes to Chimpy-they are practicing a religion, and he is the Deity. Whatever he says is "true," and whatever anyone says to the contrary is "a lie." And it really doesn't matter if the dissenter is a mother who lost her child, or a war veteran who lost a limb, or a vet from another era who sees clearly what is going on-all dissenters are in the "tur coddler" category.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Rosecoloredglasses...
I love the name you have chosen. Thank you so much for the info. I printed the Vanity Fair article to read and bookmarked the other sites that you sent. Much food for thought.I am going to have my page redesigned and will, when it is done, add those sites to my links.

I am always amazed at the amounts of money (the ones you listed) spent on weaponry. Its sick. I find it hard to think in such amounts! Just think of what could be done to help people and make their lives easier. It takes too much money and and too many lives to feed the monsterous American military machine.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Jolly Roger...
Some of the comments this last Sat. at the protest in San Diego illustrated your point. It seems that those who support the war in Iraq still believe that Osama came from Iraq to attack New York. Geez, talk about ignorant! AND "they are going to come over her to get us" - with what air force and navy? Those same folks need to put their bodies where the war is and use their personal credit cards to bankroll it, too!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

The same BS was used to keep us in Vietnam, and to get us involved in Central America in my own era. Not to mention how "important" it was for us to be in Beirut prior to the bombing.

Some folks will eat plate after place of bovine droppings. Only the reality of being in a situation like Iraq would be enough to wake them up.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Excellent post. "Duped and dumped" is a perfect description of American soldiers and veterans.

It's too bad so many Americans have been brainwashed into blind loyalty to their "leaders."

6:28 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Jolly Roger,
Some folks prefer to eat whatever appears before them to shopping, preparing, and cooking their own meal. Its less labor intensive to simply wait until something unidentifiable is slopped onto their plate - the only action required then, is to dip a spoon in and shovel it into their mouth. So sad, so sad.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Tom Harper...
We'll just have to deprogram them... which is what many of us, yourself included, have been trying to do for a long time. We just have to keep on keepin' on!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

KWW: "When soldiers can't fight anymore, they are dumped. Forced to fight through bureaucratic garbage for the care that is owed to them, these wounded soldiers continue to suffer, while the money for the care that was promised them is diverted to support more war."

Here is yet another article that shows the above point exactly and it makes me sick.
How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits
The people who make the decision to do this to soldiers and the ones who made the decision to go to war at any cost through any means don't have a conscience. One of the best books I've read that describes why we are in this state is 'Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes' by Andrew M. Lobaczewski. It is a study of psychopathy and how psychopaths get into power and basically destroy society and everything around them. Here is a review of the book. Political Ponerology

3:18 PM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

WOW! I'm speechless. You have outdone yourself KWW. I will link to this post later.

I would also like to say that API is open for membership to all Veterans.

Rosecolored Glasses more than qualifies and some of your other readers may too. They can indicate their desire for affiliation right here and KWW can post on it.

I would like to schedule an informal chat for API members which will be hosted at Any Which Way. As soon as I set it up I will let you know.

The work you have done KWW must have been difficult and time-consuming, yet it is necessary. Thank you for your efforts.

d.
Resident Scholar, American Patriot Institute

5:49 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Patrick...
I've printed the article to read later, Thank you. I have also begun to read the review of the book Political Ponerology. I will read more of it online over time. So far, it is fascinating.

I have been interested, since I was a child, in the personality types that become members of the German High Command, would willingly torture others, or would actively plan a war like the neoconservatives in the Bush Administration did. And in leaders like Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Saddam even G.W. Bush who hungers so for total power. Also, it is important to understand why entire societies would follow such personalities. I think because of my experiences during childhood that I am hypersensitive to destructive, authoritarian personalities.

I've long thought that candidates for public office, cabinet members, military officers, pentagon officials and so on, should be psychologically screened or profiled. We need leaders who act as members of the community for the community - not indifferent, abusive types of leaders who are a danger to the people they lord over.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

deuddersun...
RoseColored Glasses is really knowledgable. I've been doing alot of reading supplied by him.

I'll do a post on API membership for veterans after I finish the one I have been working on for several days and get it going.

An informal chat sounds good...just let me know.

If we all speak up and out we can change what is happening to this country since Dubya started to demolish American democracy. It is starting to change - just look at the recent demonstrations!

12:39 PM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Sorry KWW, didn't mean to make that last comment sound like an "assignment". What I meant to say is that should someone indicate a desire to join with us here at Dishpan Chronicles, you could, if you wish, offer that individual to the rest of us here rather than my place or Mod's.

Sorry for sounding like an asshole.

d.

3:59 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

deuddersun...
You didn't sound like and asshole at all. I misunderstood. I didn't mean to sound sharp - I just had to finish what I was doing. OK - I've got it now.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning,

I saw your post about Walter Reed and wondered if you had seen this Sunday's Washington Post story on the wounded :

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/06/AR2007040601821.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/04/06/DI2007040601488.html

Have a great day,
Eileen Parker

4:05 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Eileen Parker...
Thank You, I had not seen these two articles and have printed them both. They will be put to use as I am not done with this subject at all!

One of my children suffered TBI as a child - surgery saved her life. She wrote a paper in high school entitled "But You Look Just Fine" which is what teachers always said to her. She needed extra time because of short term memory loss and other processing difficulties but was accused of cheating or seeking special treatment. Hers was a long struggle. We had to invent ways of bypassing difficulties, tools that could be used (like a memory tablet) and coping stratagies as not much help was available at the time.

Treatment has improved ten fold since the early 90's and our injured service men deserve and need to get the best available!

I have chronic PTSD (from an abusive childhood) and my son, a combat vet, has PTSD as well so we know something about it. The neglect of our returning soldiers and vets is criminal and is being done to save money. The people responsible need to be removed from office and or fired from their jobs.

10:06 AM  

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