Dumb, stupid animals. But even animals don't behave like that. Not even stupid ones. Well , homo americanus. He does. He does, over and over.
And how did psycho Uncle Sam say 'thank you'? By pretending Agent Orange was benign. By denying that PTSD is real. No Gulf War Syndrome. By abandoning its veterans. Just as it did after the Gulf War, fought for reasons as bogus as Viet Nam.
Just as it continues to do regarding the equally bogus reasons for the savage invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Depleted Uranium is good for you. Take a deep breath. Got a brain injury? Well we happen to think that you were already nuts, so piss off.
We now know that people were tortured to make them assert that Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with al Quieda, blamed with Lee Harvey Oswald accusatory speed for 9/11 (despite the fact that mounting evidence, including the presence of nano-thermite in WTC dust tends to point in quite a different direction). Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and others made the connection in countless speeches, along with the baseless claim that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and that the good 'ol USA was in imminent danger. Mushroom clouds turned up only in Condoleezza's fetid mind. Oops.
The vile draft was gone, so Sam couldn't ship off mostly Black kids or poor white trash whose names didn't end in C-h-e-n-e-y, so they used the above lies, calls to patriotic duty, and good old cash inducements to get the job done. They let criminals join, sociopaths, the mildly mentally ill, the elderly, even illegal immigrants. They did heavy recruiting in high schools in poor neighborhoods, Indian reserves (even some in Canada, until they were stopped). They were allowed to call kids at home, barrage them with bullshit, threats, false promises, and false patriotism. Only you can save the Homeland, kid!