This article is a disgrace on so many levels that I can't quite even figure them all out. How in the world can you possibly equate military service with slavery? (Keep in mind that the quthor of this article is an ex pro football player.) The article insults the intelligence of the average soldier. Your basic enlisted guy or gal, although young as it says in this article, knows more about computers, language etc. than I ever will. If I recall, slaves - at least the ones brought to America - were forced to board boats, by whips, guns, etc. They were denied food and medical equipment, and forced to work in less than ideal situations. I have yet to see anyone forced into the US military by similar means. And I live in a hugely military town. Just a quick count puts me within fifty miles of, let's see, at least 5 Navy bases, piers, an Army base, a CG base, and a Marine camp. (Forgive me if I got the terms wrong - I grew up the daughter of a Navy man, so it's all a base to me.)
I'm not certain how I feel about Iraq, or any of our military offensives. A luxury that I have, the ability to take my time - too much time, some would correctly say - to decide what I want to support. One thing is for sure, though: I am damned proud of our men and women in uniform. I have to be - I know a lot of them. The pilot flying the plane? Why, that's my girlfriends husband, father of six. The soldier driving the tank? The guy I went to high school with. The SEAL? One of my neighbors. The Veteran of WWII - my father in law. The man who served 20 years and got out? My father. All very very smart people, much smarter than me in lots of things. They are all out there, working hard, so I can type away here on my keyboard in relative peace. They deserve our thanks and gratitude, not profanity such as this. Particularly on the eve of Memorial day - a day to HONOR our Veteran's, not denigrate them. Even if you don't support the war, and you don't have to, still support the people.
Update: Go here to read Sgt. Hook's input on the matter. He says what I want to say waaaayyy better than I ever could.