With all possible respect to my brother/sister alumnus/alumna LifeNotDeath93, I have to disagree. I'm a West Point graduate, Class of '84, with four tours of duty in Iraq. I'm a proud wearer of a Combat Action Badge (CAB) that I earned legitimately in a close-range shootout. I think this cartoon sucks outrageously--its fundamental premise is a lie. Since 9-11-2001, all West Point Cadets have understood exactly what their futures held: active duty in a for-real-no-b.s.-people-get-killed-war. Enough recent graduates have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, with memorial services following on campus at West Point, that Cadets who are a couple-three classes junior to those who have died GET IT. They don't have amazed expressions on their faces, nor do they have fear-induced sweat pouring off them, as they contemplate their own very possibly impending violent deaths. They are professional soldiers--admittedly young and mostly untested--but professional all the same. They leave West Point with their eyes and their minds clearly focused on doing the job that is expected of them. They are not gleeful but neither are they quivering. They are simply sober and determined to do their best.
I went to West Point and find this cartoon to be right on the money. It takes courage and wit to make a statement among all the bullshit rhetoric and propaganda that this country employs in order to get people to sign up and die for the interests of the rich. War is a horrifying thing that those in power wage in order to profit from. Those who are scarred, killed, and psychologically f-ed up will never get back what they lost - and for WHAT?? Freedom?? Give me a break!! And no, an 18 year old does not know what they are signing up for. Thats why the scumbag recruiters go to high schools to get children, whose frontal lobes are not fully developed, to join the military. It is sickening. Wake up, America. We wage war to open up new markets for corporations like Halliburton to exploit. If you are at the Point now and are a plebe or a yuk...QUIT WHILE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE! It is so not worth it. Your talents are needed elsewhere. I want to cry when I think of the friends and bright people I knew who have needlessly died in these wars. I say again. Get out. It is not worth it.