My son has reached the age where he receives near-daily, unsolicited offers from various colleges in the mail. In addition, he is now receiving offers from the various branches of the military, the latest from the Army National Guard.
What is interesting about the Guard package is the leading line: Guard the Environment. And how does the Guard go about doing that? By acquiring, in Mississippi, a “17,000-acre tract of rural, undeveloped land, protecting it from development.”
So the Guard is protecting 17,000 acres from the good folks of Mississippi. Do I smell mission creep? Hmmm.
The glossy trifold before me states, “The Army National Guard’s core mission is to protect our country. But these days, that means more than standing ready to defend against human threats and natural disasters. It means defending our natural resources, wildlife and ecosystems.”
And that means defending “our” natural resources, wildlife and ecosystems from the likes of you and me.
Note: Please ignore the spent shells and depleted uranium. It all must be safe since the Guard is a positive steward of the environment — they say so in their literature.