Former president George Bush is happily clearing brush on his ranch in Texas, relaxing, earning money and enjoying the good life of an ex-president of the United States. Far off in Iraq, another victim of the Iraq war and the madness of WMD was not so fortunate. Sgt. John M. Russell, was on his third deployment and was suffering from the effects of too much combat, too much stress and most probably emotional exhaustion. He underwent counseling and it was recommended he not be allowed to carry a weapon but on a visit to the stress clinic, he became involved in an argument and was escorted out. Once in the car, he somehow grabbed the weapon of his guard, returned to the clinic and killed five soldiers including two doctors.
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said the incident, “does speak to me for the need for us to redouble our effort in terms of dealing with the stress(of combat). It also speaks to the issues of multiple deployments(and) increasing dwell time.”
A nation of 300,000,000 is asking 1.5 million to handle the entire process of defense. This is madness of the first order. If America is going to assume combat roles all over the world, it needs additional troops even if that requires introducing a modified version of the draft. The current system is unfair and asks too much of those who serve in the military.