SQUEEZING SOLDIERS - Beyond The Flag Waving


By Bob Weaver

One of George W. Bush's major campaign themes was to improve the lives of America's soldiers.

Last week the Army Times ran a story with the headline "An Act of Betrayal, and the subtitle "In the midst of war, key family benefits face cuts."

The article says there has been "a string of actions by the Bush administration to cut or hold down growth in pay and benefits, including basic pay, combat pay, health-care benefits and the death gratuity paid to survivors of troops who die on active duty."

Soldiers and future veterans find themselves subject to the some kind of bait and switch tractics.

You would expect the Bush administration to treat the military differently.

The Army Times and other leading military leaders like Bush's retired envoy, General Anthony Zinni, are now "going off the reservation" with their evaulation of the treatment of soldiers and veterans.

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