The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Uh, could I just have decent medical care instead?

One of Karl Rove's more (in)famous soundbites was in response to the response to the attacks of 9/11: Republicans sent bombs, while Democrats would've sent Leo Buscaglia. (I'm paraphrasing.)

One of the many maddening things about the Iraq war (it has nothing to do with 9/11, chickenhawk 'warriors,' mistreated and underequipped troops, profiteering, the whole incompetence thing) is the right wing's astounding capacity to define patriotic support for our servicemen and women as a box of cookies and some complimentary propaganda. Because in Bizarroworld, liberals raising a stink about the scandalous conditions at Walter Reed are traitors, and wingers who cover it up are patriots.

The pro-war group Move America Forward is launching a "Fight for Victory Tour" this weekend. The Fight for Victory Tour doesn't involve any actual fighting, mind you; it's just a group of war supporters driving in a caravan across this great land of ours, with "27 pro-troop rallies" along the way and a "Giant Pro-Troop Rally" in Washington Sept. 15.

You can help out by sending $30 to the group to buy a "Wounded Warrior Care Package" for its members to deliver to injured soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

What does $30 buy for a wounded warrior? Some "premium 'House of Jerky' beef jerky, deluxe shortbread cookies imprinted with the insignias of the various branches of the U.S. military, an assortment of candy bars, 'Heck if It Were Easy France Could Do It!' camouflaged handkerchiefs, puzzle books, and flag pins." Oh, right, and a personal note from you, saying just how much you care.

I shudder to think how much money that could be going to assisting wounded veterans and their families will instead go to this crap.

Here's a $30 idea: send a box of homemade cookies yourself and donate $25 to a fund for wounded veterans' ongoing medical care.

Here's a $30 question: Are any of these companies donating the goodies in the 'care package,' or is profiting from war not just for Hallliburton any more? The site provides no photos(!), and no information regarding the source or quantity(!) of the contents other than what you saw above. Just send in your $30 and trust us-- that anti-French hankie is of the highest quality.