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US Servicewomen threatened by their own soldiers

April 25, 2007

Note: After a few comments I have decided to change the offensive title. The matter of mistreatment of women in the US military still stands, though. You, angry guys, from middle America, read the whole Salon article before you start babbling about “Army Strong” and “Sisters-in-Arms”. If you care so deeply for women in the military than why instead of getting angry at a useless blogger, don’t you do something about endemic and under-reported rape in the US armed forces as again the Salon article shows?

Second note: For the love of God, people, please again at least do yourself the favour and read the actual Salon article before sending me angry emails how I am all wrong, how I defile the fine traditions of the US Armed forces and drivel like that. Also try to be more substantive i.e. try to debate individual points of my blog post (like under reported rape in the US armed forces and the fact that US Army now admits people with aggravated felonies) instead of just trying to insult me, which I can assure does not bother me at all.

As has been recently pointed out in an article in the Salon , female soldiers serving in Iraq are fearing for their lives. Not from the enemy but from their own oversexed raping fellow soldiers. As one female soldier succinctly put it:
The knife wasn’t for the Iraqis,” says one woman. “It was for the guys on my own side.”
The situation is so bad that female soldiers are warned not to go to the toilets alone or armed without a knife. It has been reported by Col. Janis Karpinski that 3 female soldiers died in 2003 of dehydration because they were afraid to go to the latrine after dark, lest their guys rape them.
In related developments, equally as disturbing, the military recruiters are running out of kids to recruit so they naturally turn to their last constituency (the potential for minority recruitment has been probably used up): felons, racists and gang members. Apparently under a desperate ploy how to get more cannon fodder for the army the army has been issuing “Moral Waivers” for felons which allow them to join the army. Among the categories now allowed in are those that committed aggravated assault, robbery, vehicular manslaughter, receiving stolen property and making terrorist threats.
This is most disturbing to say the least. Furthermore Gang members are getting enlisted, and in some isolated cases even prisoners on parole were shipped into the hell of Iraq. In a pointed note the SF Gate article concludes: A new breed of recruits are taken in who are
“the underachieving, unable, unexceptional, unintelligent, unsound, unhinged, unacceptable, unhealthy, undesirable, unloved and uncivil — all led by the unqualified, doing the unnecessary for the ungrateful.”

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Calculated Risk permalink
    March 21, 2009 3:04 am

    Are you serious?
    Look…. think what you want about the Army…. I defend your right to say all of this BS…. but that photoshopping job of yours is apalling!
    Do you even know that the photograph you used is? WHO that is?

    That was a photograph taken of an award ceremony, in which Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester (the female you obscenely digitally undressed) received the Silver Star Medal for valor in direct combat with an assaulting force.

    How dare you use an image of honor and bravery, in such a manner! How date you disrespect my sister in arms, like that! You should now feel ashamed of yourself, though I know you most likely won’t.

    • ivanmladek permalink*
      August 24, 2009 6:27 am

      Note: After a few comments I have decided to change the offensive title. The matter of mistreatment of women in the US military still stands, though. You, angry guys, from middle America, read the whole Salon article before you start babbling about “Army Strong” and “Sisters-in-Arms”. If you care so deeply for women in the military than why instead of getting angry at a useless blogger, don’t you do something about endemic and under-reported rape in the US armed forces as again the Salon article shows? BTW the image is altered by The Salon and not by me, again read your sources.

      • Jody Anderson permalink
        February 8, 2010 7:04 am

        Hey buddy I don’t care what you think about that. It is still wrong and You have no idea what your talking about. It to bad you don’t know any better.

  2. Army Strong permalink
    August 17, 2009 2:29 am

    No, the US Army isn’t a gang of raping felons. It’s people like the SOB who wrote this blog that should be raped by a gang of felons.

    Furthermore, I agree with Calculated Risk that your altering of that photograph of Leigh Ann Hester is spitting in the face of those who put their lives on the line to protect your right to spread this BS.

    It’s hypocrites like you that cry about free speech, while at the same time demonizing those who ensure the protection of that right.

    • ivanmladek permalink*
      August 24, 2009 6:26 am

      Note: After a few comments I have decided to change the offensive title. The matter of mistreatment of women in the US military still stands, though. You, angry guys, from middle America, read the whole Salon article before you start babbling about “Army Strong” and “Sisters-in-Arms”. If you care so deeply for women in the military than why instead of getting angry at a useless blogger, don’t you do something about endemic and under-reported rape in the US armed forces as again the Salon article shows?

  3. author permalink*
    August 17, 2009 4:49 am

    Thanks for comments guys. Actually I find your fake outrage a bit surprising since _if_ you actually bothered to read the article in Salon (which is linked and highlighted in the text and where the altered photo comes from) you would find out that women in the US armed forces are subjected to the following treatment:

    “I have talked to more than 20 female veterans of the Iraq war in the past few months, interviewing them for up to 10 hours each for a book I am writing on the topic, and every one of them said the danger of rape by other soldiers is so widely recognized in Iraq that their officers routinely told them not to go to the latrines or showers without another woman for protection.”


    “Spc. Mickiela Montoya, 21, who was in Iraq with the National Guard in 2005, took to carrying a knife with her at all times. “The knife wasn’t for the Iraqis,” she told me. “It was for the guys on my own side.””

    and so on. So if you are SO concerned with your “sister in arms” why don’t you make sure that the women do not get raped and mistreated while deployed? It’s easy to get angry at a Salon article (which once again I suggest you actually read
    http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/03/07/women_in_military/ ) than to make real change on the ground. Granted my blog entry is not very witty or elegant, one could even say over the top in exaggeration, but the issues of how women get treated in the armed forces of this country is deeply disturbing. Oh and by the way, thanks to your insightful comments I have turned on comment moderation, so that I can prevent the likes of you of posting threats on my blog.

    • Jody Anderson permalink
      February 8, 2010 7:08 am

      Just shut it.

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