Pentagon refuses to pay promised bonus for Nat'l Guard and Reserves who re-enlisted

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has reneged on its offer to pay a $15,000 bonus to members of the National Guard and Army Reserve who agree to extend their enlistments by six years, according to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Seattle).

The bonuses were offered in January to Active Guard and Reserve and military technician soldiers who were serving overseas. In April, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs ordered the bonuses stopped, Murray said.

“This is outrageous,” the senator said in a telephone interview. “It makes me angry that this administration has broken another promise to our troops.”

“They can spin it anyway they want,” Glass said. “But this is a promise they are trying to explain away.”

Does the phrase unconscionable lying jive-ass deadbeat motherfuckers sum up this pile of steaming shit we laughingly call the Bush Administration? It does for me.

The bonus offer was part of the Pentagon’s effort to retain Guard and Reserve members at a time of declining enlistments in the regular Army.

Army officials have said they face the toughest recruiting climate since 1973, when the draft was dropped and replaced with an all-volunteer military.

Roughly 3,400 members of the Washington National Guard’s 81st Armor Brigade were serving in Iraq at the time the bonuses were offered.

The bonuses were tax-free because they involved soldiers stationed overseas.

--"Sure boys and girls -- you just turn your lives completely upside down so you can go do another year in a crossfire, and if you're lucky enough to come home with all your parts -- mental or physical -- assuming you come home at all anyway but in a box ... well we'll show you what kind of integrity WE have."

The fact is, Monkey Boy could pay them all out of the billions-with-a-B in kickbacks that Poppy Bush got from Saddam Hussein and Col Noriega when he was sitting at the right hand of Ronald Reagan. Cheney could do it as a petty cash expenditure.

But no -- these lying scumbag pieces of shit who were too goddamn precious to answer the call when their country asked them to do SOMETHING (except for Monkey Boy whose daddy's friends got him into the Texas Boy Scouts -- Obsolete Fast Jets That Can't be Flown in Vietnam Division) think nothing of putting people in the line of fire with bullshit empty promises.

These people are coming home to lost jobs, lost homes, lost families, and now this. As one who -- naiively, many say -- believes there is some possibility of JUSTICE in this world, I can only hope they're coming home locked and loaded and looking for the people who lied to them.


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