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Supporting The Troops

Now that the GOP has effectively killed a non-binding resolution condemning Bush's war, they and their compatriots in the mainstream media and right wing blogs are setting their sights on the next attempts to end this debacle of a war. Some of the commentary I've read say that Jack Murtha's plan to increase the readiness of our armed forces amounts to a "stab in the back". Yes, because nothing says "stab in the back" like ensuring you have the proper training and equipment needed to fight a war while on an endless series of deployments.

And for those who return home battered, bruised and shattered because requiring such things is considered a "stab in the back", this is what they have to look forward to.
Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan's room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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(Filed at State of the Day)