Either it was too early in the morning when I read a quote from Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Washington Post, and I misunderstood it, or it really is nonsequitur.
Referring to the bombing of the Army recruiting station in Times Square, Bloomberg said the blast, "...insults every one of our brave men and women in uniform stationed around the world."
It doesn't insult our brave men and women in uniform.
It's a crime.
Insult isn't intended. Like all crimes, harm is the intention.
No, what's an insult to our military men and women is sending them overseas to be killed and maimed based on lies.
An insult is to send them there for the ego of one man and to make him, his oily friends and the military industrial complex even wealthier.
Bloomberg wants to talk about insults, how about sending them to war with "what they have, not with what they need." Thank you very much, Don Rumsfeld.
If Bloomberg considers bombing an empty building in the middle of the night where no one was hurt and very little damage was done an insult, he ain't heard nuthin' yet about what real insults are.
Insult them by sending them into Iraq under-manned, under-trained and ill-equipped.
An insult to them and their dignity is when they come home severely injured, and house them in filthy, moldy, rat-infested quarters where they stay while getting treatment.
Insult them by changing the rules as the Pentagon and the president play their war games by extending the lengths of tours of duty, cut the time short between tours and extend the number of tours.
Insult them by taking away all or part of their sign-up bonuses if they are injured so severely that they can no longer serve.
Insult them by cutting all their benefits.
Insult them by making them pay for part of their medical treatment.
Insult them by not providing convenient places to be treated once they're home, or having to wait an eternity for treatment.