Sorry to not post much lately. I’ve started several posts but haven’t had time to finish them.

Mostly my work has been consumed with my legal work and trying to keep my own spirits on a somewhat even keel. Overall I’m enjoying me work very much but am also struggling to maintain some tiny semblance of a work-life balance and trying to take care of my own self the best I can.

So anyway, I’ll be back in the near future with more bloggage but didn’t want folks to think that I haven’t fallen off the end of the earth or anything.

Lastly, I do have to say that my belief in the absurdly tragic nature of the war, and in the immorality of war itself, is being daily confirmed for me in conversations with my clients. Almost all of them testify to the incredible dehumanization and brutality of military training, and to the complete and utter ineptitude and absence of military leadership.

Those soldiers who’ve been to Iraq (and who are fighting to not have to go back) tell me that the war is hell, both for the American soldiers and for the Iraqi people. They say that there is NO reason for them to be there and that they are ordered to commit crimes against their conscience on a regular basis. They say that at every level of the military machine, that there is a complete and total lack of morality or conscientious thought.

And most of all they tell me that our government doesn’t care one whit about the safety and wellbeing of soldiers and their families. Maybe other branches aren’t as bad, but the Army is hellbent on its mission even if it means that marriages will fail, parents will lose their children, or soldiers with severe psychological problems will hurt themselves or others.

All of the yellow ribbons on cars and parades and waving flags and similar crap mean nothing. America doesn’t support the troops or we would never put our young men and women through this kind of living hell for no good reason at all, and our nation (if it actually cared) would make sure that every soldier who returns from the war received adequate psychological counseling and on-going care.

It’s time for America to wake up and start giving a **** about the troops.

F.T.A.