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Trolling for Kids: The Empire is Using Hard Times to Help it Recruit More Imperial Troops and Cannon Fodder

By dlindorff - Posted on 16 April 2012


By Dave Lindorff


In the militarist society in which we live in these latter days of American Empire, all soldiers are “noble heroes” who have signed up at “great personal sacrifice” to “defend our freedoms,” and we are all expected to pay homage and a great deal of our hard-earned money to support them, both in their brutal efforts to subjugate people in desperately poor parts of the world, and (when they leave the service, either to take jobs in the private sector or to live out broken lives if they were wounded) as veterans.


But let’s be honest about all this.


Most of the men and women in the military didn’t join the US armed forces out of any noble motives. They joined because there are no jobs to be had, and the military is taking pretty much anybody who’s willing to sign on the dotted line (they’re begging for recruits). Or they joined because of the promise that they would get trained for a better career, at government expense. Or, like one kid I know, they joined for the excitement.


Just today I got a phone call from a recruiter asking if I was “interested in learning more about the Army.”  I don’t know if he was so hard up he was hoping to sign a 63-year-old war resister, or whether he thought he had my 18-year-old son on the phone.


But looking at a Navy recruiting flier that came in the mail the same day addressed to my son, it’s clear that the Pentagon is not trusting to patriotic fervor to lure its new cannon fodder.


The recruiting flier starts out by telling my son that “In today’s Navy what you get out of your job can set you up for a lifetime of success.”


Signed by “Thomas Gelker, Commander, US Navy,” the glossy letter goes on to say, “Don’t take my word for it. Take inventory of what you want out of a career. Then compare your job prospects in the real world to the outstanding opportunities available in the Navy.”


The following list he provides includes:


  • Hundreds of high-tech positions in over 60 highly competitive career fields


  • Paid training to learn high-tech skills and work with the latest technology


  • Potentially, full tuition for college


  • Competitive salary with opportunities for promotions, plus potential specialty pay and retention bonuses...


For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF  in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to:

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high esteem, it is pretty standard  to see Tea Bagger know nothing YOKELS, greet Veterans with "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE"


OBAMA' FASCIST CHEERLEADING of illegal  wars of aggression, now too has becom a KNOW NOTHING YOKEL, who says the same

thing.   I can hardly wait for Iran, Syria, to see these victims of WESTERN FASCISM, become War criminals, condemned by the world,

for its stupidity and arrogance, not to mention the demise of the FASCIST US. EMPIRE, FASCIST NATO ALLIANCES AND END TO

FASCIST ZIONISM.    Like know nothing Germans, who followed illegal orders, Amerikans have become the new Nazis, ALONG WITH



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