No Marines in this family

So here's an odd Pttsburgh Post-Gazette piece about military recruiting titled, "Parent-trap snares recruiters," as in: look at these poor recruiters who have to work so hard to overcome the objections of parents reluctant to send their kids to die in Iraq. Not to mention the travails of dealing with disruptive antiwar activists and uncooperative school authorities -- all of which just makes an uphill task all the more difficult.

The really odd part is that you never hear from the parents except this obnoxious elitist mother right at the beginning:


Staff Sgt. Jason Rivera, 26, a Marine recruiter in Pittsburgh, went to the home of a high school student who had expressed interest in joining the Marine Reserve to talk to his parents.
It was a large home in a well-to-do suburb north of the city. Two American flags adorned the yard. The prospect's mom greeted him wearing an American flag T-shirt. "I want you to know we support you," she gushed.
Rivera soon reached the limits of her support. "Military service isn't for our son. It isn't for our kind of people," she told him. [LINK via Atrios]

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