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Do Attacks on Wal-Mart Undermine the War Effort?

A senior administration source who spoke on condition of anonymity has raised questions about the patriotism of Wal-Mart critics.

When asked about documented Wal-Mart practices of paying wages below poverty level, offering health benefits that require tens of thousands of employees’ children to go on Medicaid, spending millions on union busting, and employing construction and cleaning subcontractors who illegally use undocumented foreign workers, the source replied, “And? You make it sound like that’s a bad thing. These kinds of smears on America’s biggest employer, no matter how true, are bound to demoralize our troops and embolden our enemies.”

A Pentagon source, also speaking anonymously, elaborated the claims that attacks on Wal-Mart might make the prosecution of the war more difficult. “Imagine an America where everyone could earn a decent living wage and had affordable health care. What chance would our recruiters have then?”

Questions about the patriotism of Wal-Mart’s critics have also been raised on Capitol Hill, where an anonymous Congressional staffer pointed out that Robert Greenwald, director and producer of the current documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, has also made films criticizing the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, Fox Television, and Donald Trump. “If that’s not America-hating, what is?”