Saturday, August 16, 2003
:::Ok, NOW ::: Back To Bush and the Pentagon Screwing The Troops :::
Get this tidbit ...
Friday, August 15, 2003
Troops could lose raise in combat pay
Sparking outrage, military says increase is too costly
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER NEWS SERVICES
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon wants to cut the pay of its 148,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, who already are contending with guerrilla-style attacks, homesickness and 120-degree-plus heat.
Unless Congress and President Bush take quick action when Congress returns after Labor Day, the uniformed Americans in Iraq and the 9,000 troops in Afghanistan will lose a pay increase approved in April of $75 a month in "imminent-danger pay" and $150 a month in "family separation allowances."
The Defense Department says its budget can't sustain the higher payments amid a host of other priorities. But the proposed cuts have stirred anger among military families and veterans' groups and even prompted an editorial attack in the Army Times, a weekly newspaper for military personnel and their families that is seldom so outspoken.
"It's all part of the lie of the Bush administration, that they say they support our troops," she said.
It's rare for the independent Army Times, which is distributed widely among Army personnel, to blast the Pentagon, the White House and Congress. But in this instance, the paper has said in recent editorials that Congress was wrong to make the pay raises temporary, and the Pentagon is wrong to call for a rollback.
"The bottom line: If the Bush administration felt in April that conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan warranted increases in danger pay and family-separation allowances, it cannot plausibly argue that the higher rates are not still warranted today," the paper said in an editorial
Cowardly Snakes!!! I Want to see every one of those low life, arrogant turkeys in Washington sweating in the broiling Iraqi sun ... with only 3 litters of water daily, still eating MREs, under fire constantly, dust in every pore of their skin ... YES!! All of them ... Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Card, Poindexter, Ashcroft, Libby, Feith, Bolton, ETC.