Wednesday, October 24, 2007

As Berkeley Goes, So Goes California?: Kudos to the Contra Costa Times

In its October 18 story on Code Pink v. Move America Forward, the Contra Costa Times, a rare example of quality journalism, at least reported on the real issue: the military recruiting crisis facing our nation.

The Times included in its article Department of Defense statistics that 22 Berkeley residents joined the military in FY-2001, compared with 15 in FY-2006. [Note: It is highly unlikely that such stats have anything to do with the mission of the USMC Officer Selection Office at 64 Shattuck Square.]

Similarly, 23,503 Californians enlisted in FY-2001 - the highest in the nation. In FY-2006, 2,400 fewer Californians did so and California slipped to second place behind Texas. Does that mean that Code Pink, and the Counter-Recruitment Movement, are winning, at least in California?

OYE Comment:

At least one media company is paying attention to the overall Mission. We thank the Contra Costa Times for original reporting directly related to our topic.

Photo tip to Oakland Tribune.

4 Comments:

At 26 October, 2007 14:55, Blogger Icarus said...

Some Berkeley people go too F-ing far in their anti-war protests. These people are the types that would spit in the faces of soldiers returning from Vietnam and call them "baby killers."

 
At 27 October, 2007 10:16, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually stumbled into this protest while on business that day. The police had to separate the two parties when they began to get nose-nose with each other.

The pro-war, Move America Forward faction was mostly older leather wearing, harley riders. Most defiantly beyond the 41 year age limit to enlist.

 
At 27 October, 2007 13:09, Blogger OYE said...

anonymous (27 October, 2007 10:16)-

Thanks very much for your on-topic, eyewitness report.

A significant proportion of older leather wearing, harley riders in America are veterans, who deserve respect for their service to our country.

Veterans over 41 can choose to re-enlist if their current age is less than 42+how long they served. In other words, previous military service doesn't count in determining maximum chronological age: Just subtract it from current age and if that number is 41-or-under (i.e., less than 42), then they're eligible to serve again, if they volunteer and are otherwise qualified.

Operation Yellow Elephant has made a conscious decision not to Ask The Question of veterans, even if they are technically eligible as described above.

Why?

They've already done their part.

In a country of c. 300 million, isn't it someone else's turn?

 
At 27 October, 2007 15:13, Blogger Icarus said...

I think recently, a 39-yr old Army Private was KIA.

 

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