These Guys Don’t Understand Military Ethos

I never served in the military, so, per State Rep. Chuck DeVore, I don’t get military ethos, and presumably, not qualified to weigh in on an opinion uttered by Rep. Boehner that our blood and treasure (soldiers and tax dollars) are a small price to pay for achiveing our ultimate goal in Iraq.  Considering only a small percentage of Americans actually serve in the military, I’m in a large boat with a lot of other Americans.

Most conservatives believe the military is pro-Republican when the reality of military service is that the military is a lot like the rest of America — racially and politically diverse. 

I came across another group that doesn’t quite get military ethos the way Chuck does. Click the link and show them some love.  And read more about why they oppose the war. 

Q: Why are veterans, active duty, and National Guard men and women opposed to the war in Iraq?

A: Here are 10 reasons we oppose this war:

  1. The Iraq war is based on lies and deception.
    The Bush Administration planned for an attack against Iraq before September 11th, 2001. They used the false pretense of an imminent nuclear, chemical and biological weapons threat to deceive Congress into rationalizing this unnecessary conflict. They hide our casualties of war by banning the filming of our fallen’s caskets when they arrive home, and when they refuse to allow the media into Walter Reed Hospital and other Veterans Administration facilities which are overflowing with maimed and traumatized veterans.
    For further reading: www.motherjones.com/bush_war_timeline/index.html
  2. The Iraq war violates international law.
    The United States assaulted and occupied Iraq without the consent of the UN Security Council. In doing so they violated the same body of laws they accused Iraq of breaching.
    For further reading:
    http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/imt/proc/imtconst.htm
    http://www.westpointgradsagainstthewar.org/
  3. Corporate profiteering is driving the war in Iraq.
    From privately contracted soldiers and linguists to no-bid reconstruction contracts and multinational oil negotiations, those who benefit the most in this conflict are those who suffer the least. The United States has chosen a path that directly contradicts President Eisenhower’s farewell warning regarding the military industrial complex. As long as those in power are not held accountable, they will continue… 
    For further reading:
    http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0714-01.htm
    http://www.publicintegrity.org/wow/
  4. Overwhelming civilian casualties are a daily occurrence in Iraq.
    Despite attempts in training and technological sophistication, large-scale civilian death is both a direct and indirect result of United States aggression in Iraq.  Even the most conservative estimates of Iraqi civilian deaths number over 100,000. Currently over 100 civilians die every day in Baghdad alone.For further reading:
    http://www.nomorevictims.org/
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1338749,00.html
    http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70A1EF73C5A0C758DDDA10894DE404482
  5. Soldiers have the right to refuse illegal war.
    All in service to this country swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. However, they are prosecuted if they object to serve in a war they see as illegal under our Constitution. As such, our brothers and sisters are paying the price for political incompetence, forced to fight in a war instead of having been sufficiently trained to carry out the task of nation-building.
    For further reading:
    http://thankyoult.live.radicaldesigns.org/content/view/172/
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Qa6ZHYcG_EM
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=1dAXQeH7y9g&mode=related&search=
    http://girights.objector.org
  6. Service members are facing serious health consequences due to our Government’s negligence.
    Many of our troops have already been deployed to Iraq for two, three, and even four tours of duty averaging eleven months each.  Combat stress, exhaustion, and bearing witness to the horrors of war contribute to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a serious set of symptoms that can lead to depression, illness, violent behavior, and even suicide. Additionally, depleted uranium, Lariam, insufficient body armor and infectious diseases are just a few of the health risks which accompany an immorally planned and incompetently executed war. Finally, upon a soldier’s release, the Veterans Administration is far too under-funded to fully deal with the magnitude of veterans in need.
    For further reading:
    http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/
    http://www.vets4vets.us/
  7. The war in Iraq is tearing our families apart.
    The use of stop-loss on active duty troops and the unnecessarily lengthy and repeat active tours by Guard and Reserve troops place enough strain on our military families, even without being forced to sacrifice their loved ones for this ongoing political experiment in the Middle East.
    For further reading: http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,FL_loss_092704,00.html
  8. The Iraq war is robbing us of funding sorely needed here at home.
    $5.8 billion per month is spent on a war which could have aided the victims of Hurricane Katrina, gone to impoverished schools, the construction of hospitals and health care systems, tax cut initiatives, and a host of domestic programs that have all been gutted in the wake of the war in Iraq.
    For further reading:
    http://www.costofwar.com
  9. The war dehumanizes Iraqis and denies them their right to self-determination.
    Iraqis are subjected to humiliating and violent checkpoints, searches and home raids on a daily basis.  The current Iraqi government is in place solely because of the U.S. military occupation.  The Iraqi government doesn’t have the popular support of the Iraqi people, nor does it have power or authority.  For many Iraqis the current government is seen as a puppet regime for the U.S. occupation.  It is undemocratic and in violation of Iraq’s own right to self-governance.
    For further reading:
    http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/
  10. Our military is being exhausted by repeated deployments, involuntary extensions, and activations of the Reserve and National Guard.
    The majority of troops in Iraq right now are there for at least their second tour.  Deployments to Iraq are becoming longer and many of our service members are facing involuntary extensions and recalls to active duty.  Longstanding policies to limit the duration and frequency of deployments for our part-time National Guard troops are now being overturned to allow for repeated, back-to-back tours in Iraq.  These repeated, extended combat tours are taking a huge toll on our troops, their families, and their communities.
    For further reading:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-military12jan12,0,7198945.story?coll=la-home-headlines

 

  5 comments for “These Guys Don’t Understand Military Ethos

  1. September 17, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Since Chuck has not responded, I will respond for him.

    Dan,

    I was in the military, you are not. I have been to the middle east, you have not. I have been on ABC News, you have not. I am in the State Assembly, you are not. I wear glasses, you do not. Therefore, that makes me more knowledgeable than you and you have no right to speak on any issue that you know less than me on.

    By the way, I still think Democrats were behind the Tan Nguyen letter. And I will keep saying it until I return to obscurity in 2011.

    All the best

    Chuck DeVore

  2. September 18, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Thanks, Claudio, for picking up the slack! You’re an admirable stand-in!

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    September 18, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Actually Claudio, I DO wear glasses.

  4. Jason Bensley
    September 19, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Also check out votevets.org

    We are an Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group that is committed to getting more vets elected to Congress. We are also advocating for responsible redeployment and right now we’re focused on getting the Senate to pass the Webb-Hagel amendment. Webb-Hagel makes a lot of sense, if you are deployed overseas for x number of months, then you are guaranteed x number of months at home before you can go back.

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    September 19, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Jason — I am happy you have chimed in here and thank you for sharing information about your organization with our readers. Can you please let me know how your organization feels about the comments made by Rep. John Boehner that our blood and treasure will be a small price to pay in Iraq. I have never served, but I am outraged by the comments.

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