Did you know that we’re no longer fighting a war in Iraq and that no new recruits should expect to be sent over there if they sign up? That’s what some recruiters have been claiming:
ABC News and New York affiliate WABC equipped students with hidden video cameras before they visited 10 Army recruitment offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
“Nobody is going over to Iraq anymore?” one student asks a recruiter.
“No, we’re bringing people back,” he replies.
“We’re not at war. War ended a long time ago,” another recruiter says.
I suppose technically you could say the war did end quite awhile ago when Bush declared an end to the major combat missions, but most folks still consider the non-stop violence over there to be a war with some thinking it’s a civil war. Telling people they won’t be sent to Iraq, though, is flat out wrong. Helping them to forge documents in order to get in is just inexcusable:
Last year, the Army suspended recruiting nationwide to retrain recruiters following hundreds of allegations of improprieties.
One Colorado student taped a recruiting session posing as a drug-addicted dropout.
“You mean I’m not going to get in trouble?” the student asked.
The recruiters told him no, and helped him cheat to sign up.
I realize the army needs new recruits and I’m sure being totally honest about the fate of some of those recruits hinders more than it helps the process, but lying to people about it is reprehensible and indicative of the failure of Bush as the Commander in Chief.