WITH CORONAVIRUS ALREADY ON 97 AMERICAN MILITARY BASES, THE ARMED FORCES STRUGGLE WITH THEIR MANY MISSIONS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

WITH CORONAVIRUS ALREADY ON 97 AMERICAN MILITARY BASES, THE ARMED FORCES STRUGGLE WITH THEIR MANY MISSIONS

The first of about 500 soldiers of the 1st Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division, as well as soldiers in the division's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, started arriving Monday at Ft. Drum in upstate New York, making the long journey home from their duty in Afghanistan.

In a message to families posted on Facebook, division commander Maj. Gen. Brian Mennes said the troops were returning home "sooner than anticipated"—60 days earlier than previously planned—in response, he said, to the commander-in-chief's desire to downsize forces in Afghanistan but also an accelerated schedule because of coronavirus. After a 14-day quarantine in what he says will be comfortable facilities on base, soldiers and families will be reunited.

The military is loath to admit that it is curtailing any war-related activities in response to the global pandemic. But according to official statistics labeled "sensitive" and not publicly released, coronavirus cases have been reported at 97 domestic military bases in 37 states, service members in uniform making up over half of the total of just over 1,000 uniformed, civilian, contractor, and family members who have tested positive. And quietly all across the armed services, moves are being made to reduce the number of troops overseas, to curtail exercises and activities, to hold up future deployments, and even to rethink some of the now two-decades-old routines of perpetual war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to think that there will be a reconsideration of these endless wars, because of Covid 19; unfortunately, Congress, sitting at the public trough, has no real compunction to make this happen.

After all, many of them are "making a killing" (literally and figuratively) through buying stock in (and getting supported for election through) companies whose main goal is obliteration of human life on this planet.

There is an old phrase, "Those who are unwilling to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it."; this could not possibly be more true for the US Congress,. at this point in its history.

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