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Fox News is using retired military officers surrounded by uniformed active duty troops in an attempt to derail debate on disengagement in Afghanistan. After 8 years, the US is heading the same way Russia did, the more troops we send, the more die. Absolutely nothing has been accomplished in 8 years in Afghanistan other than to start a major war in Pakistan too. I understand Fox News. They are controlled by the powerful Israeli spokeman, Rupert Murdoch. Israel wants this war to go on forever. Though Murdoch now is an American citizen, it doesn't seem to have "taken."
What is good for Israel isn't always good for the US. Active duty military who try to make their own foreign policy are not just total morons but are in violation of a number of laws. They are technically at war with the United States of America. If it is necessary for veterans to take up weapons to fight against members of our military who are part of an insurrection run by a foreign power, tell me where to sign up.
To the former officers, always quick to take a payoff from a defense contractor or the Bush Pentagon as a "pundit," reading from whatever script Karl Rove has written for the day, you dishonor yourselves, your oath and the United States. The oath I remember was:
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
To many officers, the oath was to a political party, defense contractor or the last person to buy lunch. America had enough of your military leadership. Why do you think we are losing the war in the first place? YOU! Total lack of ability, leadership and talent is why we are losing the war. Officers sold their honor for photo opportunities with Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush, followed "party line" and led us into hopeless war while lying to our government and the people.
When it was time to stand up to the government, you were silent, a pack of "perfumed Pentagon Princes," putting career over honor. Now we see folks who failed and retired asking for more troops. Who dragged you off the golf course? Where did the call come from? We want to know? Who are your new masters? Do you even know, yourselves? Even a whore knows who is buying the drinks.
I will be displeased with President Obama until he makes sure Secretary Gates hunts every one of you down, retirees need to be investigated for disloyalty to our troops and those on active duty need to be flushed out and replaced with war fighters, not country club clowns.
It is one thing allowing the military to make decisions in a democracy. We call that dictatorship. It is quite something else when a news network, one whose loyalty is primarily to an ally, Israel, who is, on occasion, not our best friend. Decision making in Israel over the past couple of years has not always been perfect. This may be the understatement of all time.
I have some experience at war, having fought in Vietnam. Without the thousands of foreign workers and mercenaries we now use, actual combat troops holding the I Corps, the most active area during the war, were few in number, at times less than 10,000. We were outnumbered and suffered casualty rates many many times that of the current conflict.
Never once did we run to the TV stations and demand reinforcements. We didn't even have hot food. We remembered the troops landing on D Day or Marines on Iwo Jima. We would have felt ashamed. The troops on D Day thought about Americans fighting at Belleau Wood. Can we add to the list, San Juan Hill, Gettysburg, Valley Forge? It's about honor. It's a "warrior" thing.
Now we have troops on TV. Today it is reinforcements and control of the American government. What will it be tomorrow? Collective bargaining? Mutiny?
Why don't we do this. Lets figure out why you are there. Were you sent to Afghanistan to fight 2 dozen terrorists 8 years ago, terrorists who may have died of old age by now? This is not the same war, not a war we signed up for and not one we may be willing to see our kids die in.
We are no longer going to be driven from war to war by newspaper stories or be manipulated by terrorists. The enemies of the United States are smiling. When they see you, troops pushing for a wider war, pushing to end intelligent debate, troops defying their democratic government, they know they are winning. You are telling them so.
There is no more proof America is being destroyed than your words.
Veterans Today Senior Editor, Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.
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