Friday, March 14, 2008
This is for Mikey...read this and think!
"Public awareness of the number of American military fatalities in Iraq has declined sharply since last August. Today, just 28% of adults are able to say that approximately 4,000 Americans have died in the Iraq war. As of March 10, the Department of Defense had confirmed the deaths of 3,974 U.S. military personnel in Iraq.
In August 2007, 54% correctly identified the fatality level at that time (about 3,500 deaths). In previous polls going back to the spring of 2004, about half of respondents could correctly estimate the number of U.S. fatalities around the time of the survey. "
Mike, ask yourself if this is REALLY worth putting your life on the line! There are many other ways to serve your community AND improve your life. Yes, I did it and probably for a lot of the same reasons you want to. But now is not the time. When I joined the military, it was at a time where I thought we'd learned from Vietnam and nobody would put our lives out on the line for bullshit. But when you live in a country where more people know more about the scores of participants on American Idol than they do about our death toll in Iraq, you have to ask yourself...is this really the kind of nation I want to risk my life for. Honestly!