Pubdate: Fri, 09 Aug 2002
Source: Hamilton Spectator (CN ON)
Copyright: The Hamilton Spectator 2002
Author:  Barry Kennington


Doped-up fighter pilots RE: 'British distressed over hopped-up U.S. pilots' 
(Aug. 3)

I am amazed at the lack of reaction regarding this report that U.S. fighter 
pilots in Afghanistan are taking amphetamines to stay awake and fly longer.

One would think there would be an uproar -- at least in Canada when four of 
our soldiers were killed by U.S. "friendly fire" in Afghanistan.

Here we have U.S. fighter pilots flying $50-million aircraft, loaded with 
bombs and doped up on Dexedrine. It is no wonder they react to any gun 
flashes they see on the ground while the U.S. Pentagon looks the other way.

And when they fly back to their base, they have to take sleeping pills to 
bring them down from their highs.

I hope the Afghans have been told to stop firing celebratory rifle volleys 
during wedding parties.

- -- Barry Kennington, Hamilton.
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