The story in this week’s Hartford Courant should scare the hell out of anyone. Soldiers in combat in Iraq are regularly given powerful anti-depressants to help them cope with the stress of war.
Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman report:
When Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark C. Warren was diagnosed with depression soon after his deployment to Iraq, a military doctor handed him a supply of the mood-altering drug Effexor.
Military officials said Thursday that a criminal investigation into a firefight in western Iraq that left at least 15 civilians dead is not complete, but they did not dispute a congressman’s charges that the attack by Marines was far worse than originally reported.
The House leadership praised itself for enforcing spending discipline and so did Bush, even though the House would spend more than he asked for in his own budget. Only in Planet Washington is this spending discipline. What this budget does is borrow, and then borrow some more.
How crushing to discover Bush’s remarks at jarring variance with federal policy. Rather than persuade immigrants to speak English and flourish — as have my parents, to their children’s ultimate benefit — the Bush administration actively steers immigrants away from English while actually prosecuting those who expect immigrants to speak America’s (and Earth’s) lingua franca.