It's days like this -- when I don't feel like being particularly challenged throwing together a post or two -- that it's always easy to slap around Joel Johannesen. So why not? Once again, let's appreciate Joel's perky optimism regarding the U.S. military:
U.S. Army meets re-enlistment goal? Tells us something.
Here’s what else “tells us something”: the fact that you have to stand on your head and search to find this news. Yes that also tells us something. It tells us that the liberal media doesn’t want us to know about this. So I think it’s actually two extremely important facts, neither of which the liberal media wants us to know about.
Yessir, according to Joel, everything is just ducky in WarWorld. Then again, perhaps you should also consider the opinion of someone who, when it comes to the American military, isn't as appallingly stupid as a sack of cement:
Army Warns Rumsfeld It's Billions Short
The Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in additional funding.
The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented and signals a widespread belief within the Army that in the absence of significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, funding assumptions must be completely reworked, say current and former Pentagon officials...
The Army, with an active-duty force of 504,000, has been stretched by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. About 400,000 have done at least one tour of combat duty, and more than a third of those have been deployed twice. Commanders have increasingly complained of the strain, saying last week that sustaining current levels will require more help from the National Guard and Reserve or an increase in the active-duty force.
How about that? Apparently, things aren't quite as rosey as Joel would like to think. And I'm betting you won't be reading this kind of sobering news over at "Proud to be Right-Wing Stenographers" anytime soon.
Call it a hunch.