The Drugged Wars~Soldiers Drugged to Keep Fighting WarsSubmitted by Liberty_Belle on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 15:21
When The Washington Post revealed in 2007 the disgusting conditions endured by injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, the right wing blogosphere raced to blame the messenger and throw water on the outrage. Then, silence. There have been similar right wing blackouts on veteran/soldier suicides, health impacts from the burn pits overseas, and the overwhelming 1.1 million backlogged veterans’ claims at the VA, a system which one senior official recently admitted, “cannot be fixed.”
It’s amazing how a political faction, so steeped in sanctimony about “honoring our troops,” can turn heel and sprint away at the first sight of war’s true devastation. Let me amend that — at the first of sight of anything politically inconvenient to their aggressive interventionist worldview. What indeed are they afraid of? That their distortions, manipulations and embellishments about the glories of war will be revealed so achingly in the soldier hanging by a noose in his parents’ modest middle American home?
If so, there is bound to be another blackout on this most recent report. Good thing it’s coming from the Military Times, so as to at least ensure that the story itself will be circulated well within the military and beyond on both sides of the spectrum. And it will be that much harder for the right wing talkers to trash on its face.
Turns out the government has spent upwards of $1 billion on “common pain and psychiatric medications” for soldiers from 2001 to 2009. The military is drugging up soldiers more than ever – 76 percent more than at the start of the two-front war — and in doing so, keep them in the ranks, in the field, behind .50-caliber machine guns and engaging in patrols, despite physical and emotional pain, depression and post traumatic stress likely held-over from previous tours in-country.
One wonders how far the military will go to keep warm bodies in the warzone.
The Military Times report, published a week ago, tries to answer the question and what it finds is nothing less than staggering :
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