2006/08/21

Purple Hearts and Deep Confusion

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The Purple Heart was established by General George Washington at Newburgh, New York, on 7 August 1782, during the Revolutionary War. The medal is awarded in the name of the President to those who are wounded or killed in military service to the United States. (Click on the medal above to see the detailed regulation).

"Deep Confusion" is the name of the most recent blog that I have added to my links list. It is written by Swim, as she calls herself, a woman who lives in San Antonio, Texas, whose husband is in the military and has been deployed in Germany, for the second time, doing CCAT (critical care air transport) out of Iraq.

She has recently flown there to join him and her most recent post is about visiting the Intensive Care Unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where most coalition service men and women seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are first sent. While there she saw two Purple Heart ceremonies and talked with some of the injured.

This is an under-reported aspect of the conflicts in the Middle East. Swim's post is moving to read, and may make you proud, sad, angry or all three, but I think we owe it to the tens of thousands of wounded vets coming out of these wars to learn about what is happening to them and do what we can to see that the government gives them the care they need and certainly have earned.

Meanwhile, at a press conferance a few days ago, President Bush lashed out at critics who called the invasion of Iraq a total fiasco, saying, “If we continue to make progress at the rate we are going, we will have a moderate fiasco on our hands.”

Tell that to the kids in the ICU.

8 comments:

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Thanks fo posting this. Certainly a disaster all around. So, how can the situation be unwound. Forget pride, forget the waste of money, just how can USA make some turnaround that has dignity for people? Or forget dignity, just a tiny inkling of compassion and a fair go for people in their own land.
W.

nzm said...

A moderate fiasco?

The guy has a way with words!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Actually, NZM, I think words tend to have their way with HIM.

He's almost as bad as (VP during Bush, sr.'s presidency) Dan Quayle:

"But that's not my point. My point is family. Have you ever wondered what that can mean to a little girl? I think I've made myself clear..."
(This was said in response to a question about farm subsidies. After that, his advisors immediately terminated the conference.)

Like father's VP, like son...

Pandabonium said...

Obviously, he's the one in "Deep Confusion", not Swim.

There is an interesting video that shows the degredation of his speaking ability since 1994. It is astonishing to see video of him back then speaking clearly and compare it to more recent clips.
Bush speech.

Robin said...

this I cannot understand.

How can act of violence prevent violence itself? Doesn't violence grow more violence, logically speaking?

I certainly dun want to receive a purple heart or have someone shred purple tears and the sky pouring purple rain.

This is sad. Humanity has met its own enemy.

Pandabonium said...

I agree Robin. And now those who are running the wars are trying hide the horror it is causing from those who are paying for it and in whose name it is being prosecuted. Sick.

Swim said...

Thanks for spreading it around Pandabonium. It's important to make this illegal war as personal as possible. The reason public opinion was able to change the course of the Vietnam war was because there was a draft and everyone knew someone or had someone involved in that conflict. This fiasco has yellow ribbon magnets made in china sported on gas-guzzling SUV's with a thirst for the oil so calously persued by BushCo using the blood of our young people to lubricate his broken'war machine'. I have never dispised a group of people more than those bastards in DC. Thanks again for sharing my post.

-Swim

Pandabonium said...

Thank YOU, Swim. Keep up the great work.