Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Same Story Different Spin

The spin is in the headline as the stories are more or less the same.

"20 year old Army Pfc. Mathew John Myers of San Bernardino County limped into a minimart about 9:30pm Sunday and reported he had been walking on a golf course when a gunman stole his wallet and military identification and shot him in the right thigh. Dotterrer, also 20 and a longtime friend of Myers', shot him in the leg with a .32-caliber revolver, deputies said. It was unclear Monday where Myers was shot before walking about a mile to the AM/PM."

A little right spin headline: Soldier gets shot to escape his duty.

A little left spin headline: Soldier Arranges to be Shot to Avoid Redeployment to Iraq.

---- At 20, Myers joined the war effort knowing he would deploy to Iraq, as aware as anyone else of what's gone on in Iraq for the last 5 years - he enlisted anyway. Myers obviously has no fear of being shot, he invites it. Were these 2 guys drinking? How much liquor does it take to be this dumbass? Worse yet is he did this sober.

Avoiding redeployment because of the horror of it all? Or escaping duty, as the only activity he ever saw to the end was level 60 in World of Warcraft?

I have to lean toward the right spin on this one - shirking his duty. Myers reflects too many of today's young men and women (and their parents). Dependent, self-aggrandizing (thought he'd look cool in uniform) narcissists who never live up to any commitment ever made. Someone always there to give them an excuse to remain at the emotional and mental age of a 10-year-old. (See KAB cure for disorders below.)

Myers will get his military discharge and limp around claiming to be a born again anti-war warrior (because he "saw" things "over there."). Twenty years from now Myers will tell his third wife and anyone who will listen it's an old war wound from an ambush by Al-queda in Anbar, and collect disability as his leg is too stiff to stand at that drive-through window. My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of lunacy.

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