Recruits are down, declares the report,
both in number and in attitude. Meanwhile,
Tactic 1: Betray
Once in combat, let no soldier leave, not
even when their tour is done. Trap them,
trick them, keep them. Do not count
Tactic 2: Go young
Thirteen’s a good age for soldier camp,
on home ground, with friends, and out
of school. Teach guns, not geography.
Combat, not calculus. Ammo without art.
Tactic 3: Lower sights
Permission granted to be less
physically in tune.
What does muscle matter,
now we have technology?
Fighting is a state of mind.
Behind the news:
We, the people know the difference
between what needs defending and
that which is indefensible.
When will the rulers read us?