Saturday, January 06, 2007

Recruiting the dead? A US Army Christmas card.

This AP report says it all: "Letters sent to dead in error"
The U.S. army said yesterday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.
The letters were sent a few days after Christmas to more than 5,100 army officers who had recently left the service. Included were letters to about 75 officers killed in action and about 200 wounded in action.
Incompetence + insensitivity + desperation. Yes, the Army has it all.
Tis grotesque, indeed. So much so that I will resist the urge to riff about the Army dropping its standards.
Ok, I almost resisted the urge.
{h/t to my seestr...for the article; not the gruesome joke}


Anonymous Kuri said...

I'm finding myself feeling very strange about tales from the US. Like the flat daddy story awhile back, this story seems just like a subversive, gruesome joke - something that a satirist would write to protest against the war. And yet, it's real. I really don't know whether to be disgusted or astounded or what!

1/07/2007 2:01 AM  
Blogger Godammitkitty said...

Hi Kuri!
Yes, it's all too bizarre for words sometimes, isn't it? I'm often reluctant to post such things since--no matter how over-the-top or farcical--the stench of an awful tragedy hangs over all else.
And yes, that flat daddy story was just awful.--GDK

1/07/2007 1:38 PM  

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