Comments: KOS

I don't think Zuniga thinks the US military is opressing minorities. As he said, it is the essentially one of the few systems that exist in the country today that is truly egalitarian in most respects. I think what he's attacking (and I don't agree with him) is the reason why the military isn't being utilized by more minorities as it was in the past. That is, a war he believes to be more for profit and not for national defense. You may disagree with this point, but I think both you and Zuniga agree that the military is a good thing.

"The US doesn't front millions of dollars so some kid from the barrio can find himself." Well, the fact is, the US does that. It's called affirmative action (and the military is the biggest proponent of affirmative action), and the US does encourage little kids from the ghetto to discover themselves in the military because a lot of times when they do discover themselves, what you get are the Colin Powell types. The military does in fact benefit a lot from little colored kids discovering themselves.

In the end though, The military is all about national defense, yes, but I think it's a little naive to say that it isn't all about the college money, especially when they advertise themselves as such. In the end, as important as it is (and as proud as I am), it's just a job, and in the end of the day, you want it to pay you.

Posted by John at June 9, 2006 01:20 PM

Was Kos's point that people aren't joining the military because they don't want to fight? Or was it that they don't want to fight in this particular war? Set aside your views about Iraq for a moment. You have to be able to acknowledge in the abstract that it would be possible for the country to get into a war that it shouldn't have, a war that you didn't believe was going to accomplish anything worth the price we were paying and a war that we might lose. Wouldn't it be harder for you to commit to join the military if you knew that you were going to have to fight, and possibly die, in a war like this? Well, while you may disagree, a growing majority of Americans do think about Iraq in this way. Of course that affects recruitment.

Posted by Pericles at June 11, 2006 07:10 AM