Oh, Katherine Kersten. The Strib's sultry Seductress of Spin. Our Lady of Misinformation. She's definitely had some doozies before, but this one...this one may take the cake.
Kersten has reeled in, fileted, and fried up the biggest red herring I've seen in a long time. It has to be a state record. I hope someone has a picture of her holding it up still wiggling on the line. I'd like an autographed copy of that.
She starts out simply enough: "Has U.S. military recruiting hit a brick wall?" A perfectly valid question in today's world, when one considers the inability of our armed services to meet their recruiting goals, plus the facts that we are engaged on two battlefronts, are exhausting our National Guard and Reserves, and have the distinct possibility of future armed conflicts with more menacing foes like North Korea or Iran.
She even goes so far as to admit that "our armed forces face recruiting challenges." Even I was thinking - hey, she may actually present an argument and attempt to defend it for once. Alas, just like Minnesota Meltdown 2005 Part Deux, it was not to be.
So what did Kersten do? She completed a sharp right turn at breakneck speed in the third paragraph: no transition, no clear reason why. "What motivates our country's newest soldiers?" Huh? I thought we were talking about why the military has hit a brick wall in recruiting?
The rest is completely useless for anyone interested in a serious discussion about military recruiting and the future of the armed services. It serves as great propaganda for the U.S. Army, and I don't doubt several military recruiters are passing it out to those average, patriotic, young people - you know, the poor, the undocumented, and the indistinct who make up the majority of our men and women in duty.
She does ask the recruits what parents think of their choice to enlist. Some say they are backed 100 percent, while others don't have full support from the people who raised them. Kersten sides with the recruits who say that Ma and Pa should "Let kids do what they believe they have to do."
I wonder if Kersten would feel the same way if her home-schooled Precious started hanging around the recruitment center?
Personal note: Three Way News has instituted a campaign to name Katherine Kersten Minnesota's worst writer. Keep it up!