*gets on soap box*
First off when I remember even thinking about joining the military (which I did, US Air Force) I remember being harassed by several recruiters in my area. Marines, Navy and Army. Even when I was a sophomore, I was getting phone calls. Maybe it didn't actually help that my father was inactive reserve (Now retired after 37 years of service) that they may have had my number. But you know what? I never gave them my number; they got it from my school. This was the norm. They were also there, at my high school every other month or so also. I saw the Army and Marines there about 2-3 times, Navy Twice and the Air Force once. I was interested in the Navy and they finally got me down, even had a guy there that was visiting that talked to me in a career field that I thought about working in. Yes it was semi aggressive. But you know what? Thatâ€™s the norm (and even non-bias books that I read before approaching ANY recruiter said that, they do what they can to get you in). A month later I signed 3 forms and became delayed enlisted in the US Air Force. I have seen worse during my time then whatâ€™s reported. However, with an unpopular war, going on, it may seem more hostile. There have been some, which have been delt with and kicked out of service, but that has even happen in peace time. I know, I got my first AF recruiter transferred after saying a few things that caused my dad to call Recruitment Command. I even encountered a few recruiters that got my head to turn and spoke my mind (was called â€œcomradeâ€ by one because of a jacket I was wearingâ€¦ minutes later he was apologizing) However, this is a volunteer military with no draft looming. No recruiter is forcing anyone with a gun to their head or doing anything special to get them in, unless itâ€™s a guarantee job placement in the filed they want. And one other thing... Is it me or are most people/media thinking that you join the military today you are shipped out to Iraq after basic training? WRONG. I know quite a few active duty personal, including new recruits that haven't even touched the sands of Iraq or the hills of Afghanistan. And btw, I did enlist into the military during "war time" situation. I never saw combat, I never went to Iraq or Saudi or Kuwait. Nothing. However I did meet my enemy at the time and shook his hand, a Russian General in the Soviet Rocket Forces. Thatâ€™s my 2 cents on this subject.
And regarding this statement that Bill Oâ€Reilly made on his November 8th show is WAY blown out of proportion. Seriously, Its obvious that a few people, including some in here are reading what was said, not how it was said. And if the far left in here actually want to hear what was actually said, you can actually go to his website and listen to it, thatâ€™s if they didnâ€™t block the websites on their browsers, like foxnews.com. Bill has a big mouth. So does Colmes, so does Franken and so does Rush. Sorry, he wasnâ€™t on some podium at the press club and saying that on TV telling someone to blow up a building in SF to get bombed. Sorry, didnâ€™t happen. Know what? I work in Radio professionally. I get the daily newsletters. Not *one* single mention what was said on his show or the controversy that has been â€œsparkedâ€, nor caused any feathers to be ruffled. This has been once again, blown out of proportion, AGAIN by a few people in the press (MSNBC) and few other people out on the netâ€”AGAIN.
On last thingâ€¦
If Bill Oâ€™Reilly is such a bad person or just a arrogant SOB, Then why has he been pushing for Megans Law? Or how about what was said November 11th on his show:â€œBe that as it may, the issue this evening is helping the children of military people, who have been killed in the war on terror. So far, about 1,100 American children have lost a parent in Iraq, and hundreds of other kids have had parents killed in Afghanistan.
We believe the U.S. government should pay college education costs for those children. At a time when patriotic Americans are volunteering to protect their country against evil, the government should step up and look out for their kids.
So we're asking congressmen and senators to draft legislation and pass a bill providing college tuition to the children of slain military people. We owe it to those who have died in the struggle to help their kids. And "The Factor" urges our federal leaders to directly contact us if they believe that as well.
Remember, the 9/11 families received government assistance. So this is a fair and logical proposition. We also encourage you to contact your congresspeople and senators and urge them to back this proposed legislation.â€(source: Fauxnews I mean FoxNews)
Yeahâ€¦ that Billâ€¦ damn him to deathâ€¦ whateverâ€¦