Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Geezers And The Military-Industrial Complex

Since he's a patriotic fellow who already had served two years with the Marines and 18 years with the Alabama National Guard, Wicks signed up. His wife, Jan, thought it was funny. The Army surely would change its mind, she figured, when they learned her husband's deep, dark secret: John Wicks is 68 years old. But no. The Army is stretched so thin, particularly in certain specialty areas, that it made Dr. Wicks a colonel and cut orders sending him to Iraq to help soldiers deal with combat stress. This is what it has come to in a nation that spends $420 billion a year - Congress just approved the bill 10 days ago - on national defense: We're sending geezers to war.

Is this really a surprise? Full column here.