Maybe Now Someone Will Do Something

3 comments November 7th, 2009at 02:25pm Posted by Eli

It never used to be a big deal that our children are overweight and undereducated, but maybe that will change now that we’re confronted with the horrifying cost of our neglect:

The biggest long-term threat to U.S. national security might not be terrorists or weapons of mass destruction. According to a group of military leaders, it’s homegrown obesity, ignorance and criminality, which together make seven of 10 target-age recruits ineligible to serve in the American armed forces.

“It’s not just disturbing. It’s a call to action,” James A. Kelly, former deputy assistant secretary of defense, said Thursday during a telephone news conference from Washington.

Kelly is one of nearly 100 former and current military leaders who came together last year to form an organization called Mission: Readiness to draw attention to the status of potential recruits. In a study it calls “Ready, Willing and Unable to Serve,” the group says Pentagon analysts have concluded that 75 percent of people ages 17 to 24 could not qualify for military service because they are obese or have some other health problem, lack a high school diploma or have a serious criminal history.

Won’t someone please think of the military?

Entry Filed under: Education,Politics,War


  • 1. Bill  |  November 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    You may think that you’re joking, but that was part of the argument for a national school lunch program.

  • 2. shortstop  |  November 8th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Despite hating our soldiers, especially white ones, Michelle Obama is addressing this through her efforts to reduce childhood obesity. What she won’t do to hide her disdain for all-American institutions! Devious cunning she has.

  • 3. Cujo359  |  November 9th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I’m used to the idea that our leaders generally don’t give a crap about fixing what’s wrong with this country. It’s now apparent they don’t even have a good instinct for survival. If we don’t have healthy kids to send to wars for whatever resources we need, how will our leaders survive?

    They might have to send their own kids to fight these wars.

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