Author Stephen King Takes Foot, Inserts Directly Into Mouth:
"I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that. It's, it's not as bright. So, that's my little commercial for that."
Forgive my frankness here but what an ass. Really, some of the smartest people I've ever met spent extended time in the military. My good friend Dick Bradley was in the Marines and he's sharp as a tack. The picture painted here by Stephen King, who, by the way, has written the same book 11 times, is one of an army filled with morons who simply have no other choice but to serve. The facts dispute this picture. In this day and age many military jobs require technical expertise that King most certainly doesn't posses. I don't think the frail bastard could pick up an assault rifle, much less fire one.
Update: Stephen King fires back...
"That a right-wing-blog would impugn my patriotism because I said children should learn to read, and could get better jobs by doing so, is beneath contempt," he said in a statement posted on his Web site.
King said he supports the troops but believes the war in Iraq is a "waste of national resources ... and that includes the youth and blood of the 4,000 American troops who have lost their lives there and for the tens of thousands who have been wounded."
"I live in a National Guard town, and I support our troops, but I don’t support either the war or educational policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career — military or otherwise," King said.
What a joke. The problem wasn't with encouraging youth to read, the problem was in insinuating that if you don't, you're forced to join the military. Therein implying that all citizens serving in the Armed Forces are illiterate fools. That no one could have possibly joined the military for any other reason that it was a last choice. Stay away from politics Stephen, you're clearly out of your league.