In Things That Threaten to Crush Me with the Weight of Their Sadness

Fort Lewis, Washington:

So many Fort Lewis soldiers are being killed in Iraq the Army base will no longer hold individual memorial services.

Starting next month Fort Lewis says it will hold one memorial a month for all the dead soldiers.

Fuck this war. Fuck this president. Fuck the entire Congress who won’t fucking end it.

And fates save the troops.

[Via Gordon.]



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24 responses to “In Things That Threaten to Crush Me with the Weight of Their Sadness

  1. jesus. that’s fucking shitty.

  2. What a fucking legacy this president is leaving. And all the other blameworthy folks you mentioned.

  3. nightshift66

    Now THAT is a military solution, all right. Efficient and cold as ice. And yes, hideously sad that it has come to this.

    Sully (oddjob’s link) is not paying attention if he thinks the mere fact that a majority of the GOP wants us out of Iraq will influence Dumbya. Prez-not said he was staying in there even if everyone bailed on it, and on this one thing I believe him.

  4. WOW. FUCK.

    I think I’ll take to sucking my thumb and curling up in a fetal position more often.

  5. Oh, man. Oh, man, oh man, oh man.

    You just put your fingers against the glass, and bow your head, and cry. (h/t B. Dylan)

  6. Kate217

    Excuse me. I have to go weep now.

  7. Allie

    That is f’ing awful. Shame on all of us.

  8. And then, on the other side of the ugly realities W’s Meat Grinder Iraq Crusade has brought about, comes this, a bright spot in an otherwise dismal and dreary rote-treatment of troops and veterans by this Administration

    Group ensures veterans get proper burials

    It’s a story of simple, human decency, something W has obviously never had a problem experiencing

    And that this story ran in my hometown paper is another reason to plug it-the story, not the paper so much

    And I blogged about this, with some other articles dealing with Memorial Day

  9. Frankly, I’m surprised that Commander Guy didn’t order this and make it a military wide standard – it fits right in with his repeated efforts to dehumanize the loss of our men and women in uniform.

  10. Allie

    I swear, I will NEVER understand how these jokers can reconcile their behavior with the teachings of Jesus.

  11. r@d@r

    [shuts his mouth for a moment of internet silence for a relative who was stationed at FL who’s in iraq until october]

  12. Soul

    I heard this on NPR this morning. It made me sad and then, I got angry. I just can’t believe that these men and women will not be treated with the respect that they deserve. I thought to myself: ‘So, why don’t you just pour them all into a mass grave, ASSHOLES.’ These people gave up their individual lives to serve in the military. I can’t imagine anything more diffucult than that! Yet, Ft. lewis decides it ‘TOO HAAAARRRRDD’ to bury them as the heroic, individuals they were? Fucking, brilliant.

    GO USA! /end snark

  13. The mother of one of the last men to be individually honored said “oh, so it’s now like that one monthly birthday party for everyone they have at work?”


  14. I love how someone gives their life for their country and in return they get a production line memorial. So very American.

  15. C. Diane

    Fort Bragg (NC) has been doing that for a while now. It’s the home of the 82nd Airborne, which has had a lot of casualties in recent months. (9 soldiers in 1 day earlier this month.) My local NPR affiliate announces practically daily that “another soldier with ties to NC has been killed in Iraq” in its top-of-the-hour news block.

    Bring ’em home. Now. 😥

  16. isabelita

    Not shame on all of us. Many of us knew from the get-go that this Iraq occupation was a fucking sham.
    These poor young brainwashed people are nothing but cannon fodder for the Bushies’ get rich scheme.

  17. pidomon

    if there is a plus side this story seems to be getting some traction. They even had it on the local station tonite. It seems (rightfully so) this is pissing a lot of people off

  18. cfrost

    And Dubya says yesterday that South Korea is his idea of a model: we’ll stay another fifty years in Iraq if we have to, to get it right. If things actually worked properly in the US, Dubya would be given short, drumhead court-martial on a charge of treason.

  19. When I heard this today I nearly puked, it was that distressing to me. First our gub’ment lies to us about why we should go to war, then recruiters lie to our kids about what they’re getting into, then our kids say “Goodbye” to their moms and dads and brothers and sisters and fiances and go to Iraq and get killed while riding around waiting to get killed.

    Then the press keeps the cameras away from their returning coffins, as though it isn’t important enough for the nightly news, and finally, as a measure of our support for their ultimate sacrifice, we give them a nice generic group memorial service.

    “Dear Mr. and Mrs. (insert name,) we deeply regret the loss of your (son/daughter, circle one), (insert name) in (Iraq/Afghanistan, circle one.)

    (He/She, circle one) was truely special, and will be missed by (his/her, choose one) comrades in (fill in unit here.)

    Sincerely, George W. Bush, Commander in Chief.

  20. NMRon

    Even at the height of the Viet Nam War, soldiers were accorded the respect of an individual service. Rupuglican mantra, skip on the soldiers more for us.

  21. Another bit of news that had me really upset yesterday: A prisoner in Guantanamo was found dead in his cell. He had killed himself.

  22. oddjob

    Sorry. I screwed that up! The link is right and my observation is what I wanted to say, but it’s supposed to be a reply to konagod’s observation.

    Let’s try it this way:

    I love how someone gives their life for their country and in return they get a production line memorial. So very American.

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