Baseball Crank
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July 8, 2008
WAR: Sad Story

Set aside for a moment the debates over phony suicide statistics and the other tropes of the anti-war movement - it's nonetheless clear that some of the casualties of war are men who are forever changed, in some cases fatally, by what they see and experience in battle. This is one such story, and a very sad one at that. RIP, Army Spc. Joseph Patrick Dwyer.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:08 AM | War 2007-14 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Agreed. Best to set aside any debate, which could lead to findings of accountability.

The troops just need to suck it up, and get used to the US's "Ownership Society" (i.e. "Sorry, you're on your own!").

Posted by: Berto at July 8, 2008 3:18 PM

No, just easier to write a short blog post rather than a long treatise.

I don't have the links handy but a few of our military experts over at RedState have repeatedly debunked the notion of an epidemic of suicides by veterans; the 'epidemic' is based on horrendously bad statistics.

Posted by: The Crank at July 8, 2008 3:28 PM

Since I don't know the source of the statistics, I can't comment intelligently on their veracity (what a phrase, and I'm not even a lawyer!!), but I really doubt that anyone trusting the generals on their own overview of the job done is equally naive.

What is probably true is that there are more suicides and bouts of depression than society as a whole. Sadly, combat makes you very prone to that, as anyone following Audie Murphy's career can attest. But there is no doubt, not a shred, that this administration has completely failed our veterans. They should be given the best care, not non-existent care. And since so much more is known about mental health there can be no excuse to not treat the vets coming back for that. Unless you are a republican it seems.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at July 8, 2008 11:15 PM
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