25 November 2004

Internment camps for U.S. soldiers

The L.A. Times has an interesting article on the low morale of some of the National Guard troops heading to Iraq. The article reports on the 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment who are preparing for deployment at Doña Ana, a former World War II prisoner-of-war camp 20 miles west of its large parent base, Ft. Bliss, Texas. The months of training prior to the mission are evidently being spent under strict lockdown, evidently to prevent mass desertions. (Is this part of a game of follow the leader?) In spite of these precautions, some members of the unit have evidently escaped through the wire around the base. There are also numerous reports of poor training and a severe lack of equipment. Anyone thinking about joining the Reserves or National Guard should definitely read this article and think long and hard about whether they want to be treated like a prisoner in their own country in order to go fight a pre-emptive war has turned out to be a fiasco.

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