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    April 18, 2010
    Support the Troops on Facebook
    Posted by Laurence Vance on April 18, 2010 06:57 PM

    From a reader of mine who doesn’t support the troops on Facebook:

    I recently got on a ‘Support the Troops’ blog on Facebook. The idea was you write in and express your ‘Support’ for the troops in whatever manner you wished. Of course, the thing was overwhelmed with cheap sloganeering and drippy boilerplate pronouncements of “Keeping us Free” and “Dying for our Rights,” and other disgustingly ignorant statements which were either educationally wrong (“Our Troops Give Us Freedom of Speech”) or geopolitically wrong (“Our Troops are Fighting those who Threatened our Freedom”) et al., ad nauseum.

    Understand that my father was a decorated Marine (Navy Cross) of WWII and my Uncle a Bataan Death March survivor. BOTH men taught me both about military matters and the proper use of the military. Even though they supported their role in WWII (something now coming into question by prominent historians), they did NOT support Korea or Vietnam. They both understood that both conflicts were unconstitutional, and in many respects they both become somewhat ‘Pacifist’ in their beliefs. So, I am not a ‘Military-Hater’ bred in some ‘Red Baby’ commune.

    So, I (foolishly) went on and stated that “I Support the Troops” and that the “best support is to immediately bring them home, punish all the politicians who put them there, and demand that our leaders adhere to the strict law forbidding our troops to be used in ANY situation other than DIRECT NATIONAL DEFENSE.” Well, I immediately was FLAMED by so many so called ‘Military Patriots’ that I couldn’t keep up with answering them all. And, the VICIOUS and UGLY emails I got from both soldiers and families was simply shameful. MANY told me either “Stand Behind Our Troops, Or Stand In Front of Them,” which I informed them was the same despicable, irresponsible slogan George Bush made (“If You’re Not With Us, You’re With the Terrorists”), insinuating that I should be shot by our own troops for NOT supporting the POLICY, just as Bush labeled any American a “Terrorist” for not supporting his policy.

    So shameful were the comments, in fact, that I finally gave up and said, “OK, FINE. Keep em’ over there. Let em’ continue to be blown to bits by ‘IEDs’. Let them continue to be cut down by snipers. DON’T EVER BRING THEM HOME! Instead, send them into Pakistan and Iran. Let’s light off World War III. That seems to be what you want. However, let’s not forget that China and Russia are HEAVILY invested in that region, and will look upon any further aggression by the U.S. as a DIRECT THREAT to their national interests. And, in case any of you have forgotten, China alone has a standing Army of over 2.2 million FRESH troops, and can match every weapon we have. China’s FEMALE army is larger than our ENTIRE MALE army! And, I don’t think I need to explain the capabilities of Russia, either. Put them together in unison to defend their national interests against U.S. aggression, and the U.S. military will simply be OVERWHELMED. We will literally be WIPED OFF THE MAP (to coin a favorite NEOCON false statement of fact). So, go get ‘em, “HEROS”! From the ugly knee-jerk criticism you’ve (en masse) flamed me with, I can’t say I’ll feel sorry for you.”

    Posted with permission of said reader. And as I told him, I think the American military mindset is hopelessly cast in stone.
     
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    No where in the Constitution does it stipulate how or why the US Military should be used. The ONLY stipulation is that a Military budget can not be for more then 2 years at a time. Congress must pass a new Budget for the Military at least every 2 years.

    As for Korea, Congress APPROVED of the action. Making it Constitutional. Vietnam, AGAIN, Congress APPROVED of the action, again making it Constitutional. Same for every action the military has taken since the end of WW2.

    The current conflicts, again not only did Congress approve of them they reaffirm that approval EVERY year with new appropriations for those conflicts.

    The President went before Congress and presented his plans , intent and reasoning. And Congress APPROVED them. Every year the President sends new appropriation requests for those conflicts and EVERY YEAR Congress approves them. Not just a Republican Congress but a Democratic one also.

    I always love reading about morons and idiots. And how they just can not understand why people disagree with them.
     
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    You might have missed the more important overall message.
     
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    I did not miss anything. I happen to believe we are in Iraq for a good reason. I also support our Afghan war as well. Isn't it amazing how those who do not support our self defense claim the wars are Unconstitutional? It simply is NOT true.
     
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    Do you not accept that 9/11 was blowback?
     
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    Speaking of people who can't accept or understand why people disagree with them...
     
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    That is something I have been teaching people here for a while now.

    The men who fought did so couragiously and with great sacrifice, but the reasons for the war, how the USA became involved and the ultimate resoultion have now become extremly suspect.

    The number one thing people who think WWII was a great crusade was the to end the holocaust, yet before and during the war almost nobody in the west knew of it and those that didn't didn't believe most of it, many still don't today.

    Another common comment is 'Japan attacked us' which is true, but they never stop and consider why Japan, a much smaller nation would do so. The fact the USA broke international law time and time again regarding Japan and Germany is not discussed.

    The next argument is Japan and Germany were 'evil' so it is OK to break the law to opose them. You can make a fine argument along those lines as both were brutal with little reguard for those they defeated, HOWEVER, and you knew that was coming, they were little different from the way the Britsih, the French and even the USA fought and handled defeated african and asian nations for over 150 years.

    The USA for example, herded Indians into reservations in American, killed something like 100,000 phillipinoes in a brutal colonial war from 1900-1910 and then we have all the support that America gave to corrupt talin american dictatorships.

    Then we have the problem of the Russians, the Nazi allies who became our allies. Most people don't realize that EVERY BIT of land teh Russians stole while allied to Germany they were ALLOWED TO KEEP in 1945. As for brutality, they never take a backseat to Nazis, the estimates of how many Stalin killed ranges from 30 to 60 million of his own people.

    The point of all of this is, there were no real 'good guys' and in many wars there never is.

    Don't blame the men and women who volunteer to serve in the military, people should support tyheir willingness to risk their lives for their country. Blame the jackasses who commit them for quite suspect reasons to war and fighting.
     
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    In my country we love the troops so much we gave them all time off FOREVER. = )
     
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    9/11 was blowback?

    Oh.. that's right, we probably oh those Al Quaeda guys an apology for something.
     

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