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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Pentagon breast implant policy

I was not previously aware that the pentagon has a breast implant policy. Not a policy for or against implants, mind you, but rather a policy of giving women free breast implants. "The military [is] offering free plastic surgery, including breast enhancements, to soldiers and their families so military doctors can practice their skills." Now I don't know a lot about military doctoring, so maybe putting silicone implants in healthy women is a useful way to practice emergency reconstructive surgery, but somehow this policy strikes me as ringing a little shallow. I guess you can probably figure out the implications for yourselves. Considering everything else the US military is busy with at the moment, it's hard to get too riled up about some fake boobs. And hey, it's probably better than giving more money to halliburton, since at least with the breast implants the military is getting something for American taxpayers' money. Also, while we're on the topic of Halliburton, why aren't the good old "conservative" Republicans concerned with Halliburton's blatant graft? At some point other Republicans are going to start realizing that lining up behind the President doesn't always serve them, their constituents or their (collective) interests.