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November 11, 2012


Your post carries weight because you know. Thanks, Jude.

As many a vet has told me (including those who served as high ranking in war zones), on the ground, all you're thinking about is you and your unit getting back home alive.

i watched as many of HBO's pacific as i could once i found it while surfing. i stayed up an extra hour to watch the last one. it also made me think of the one family member who was a marine in the pacific. here's to bob gumm.


Thanks for what you did, every day you wore that uniform.

Never forget that being there, doing that, meant being ready
and willing to do more if you were needed.

Unfortunately, many of those people who reflexively (or cowardly) accept the "they're fighting for our freedoms" propaganda, who xenophobically see tyranny everywhere outside our borders, are the same people who meekly accept tyranny at home.

Obama arrogating the power to kill U.S. citizens without due process, or ignoring Congress in the use of military force, is precisely the sort of monarchical tyranny that the Constitution was intended to prevent.

The parallel track of increasing militarism at home is the increasing use of the military abroad as a first tool of diplomacy, which has unnecessarily placed large numbers of military personnel in harm's way. The good commander knows that the best use of the military is in the war that isn't fought.

We seem to have forgotten that over the years, and the results have been a series of military misadventures which act as self-fulfilling prophecies, the unanticipated consequences of each propelling us toward the next conflict. That's not "protecting our freedoms." That's institutional insanity.

If you're still on about blowing up that professed traitor over in the Af-Pak,
I'm DOWN WITH WHAT HAPPENED -- he's no different, no less a danger to my country,
than was Vernon Howells or Timothy McVeigh. You dig it? If you can't, well, sorry
'bout ya. But you're still wrong. Insofar as "using the military as the first tool
of diplomacy," well, fuck that notion -- or don't you remember Christopher Stevens?
You're still wrong.

To each his own, BSO, to each his own.

As for being wrong, history will tell. It always does. What you conceive of as protecting this country may well be, in actuality, the cause of its eventual destruction (potentially, a high irony, given the excuse that it's done in the name of national security).

When Gulf War I was on the horizon, I had two vets that I knew very well. One was my father, and the other was my boss.

Both had served in Korea, reaching Sargent during their service. Their tales of war were mainly of survival, and doing their job.

Both told me not to go, and, if a draft were instituted, they would help me avoid it.

One other stray thought, derived from reading several histories of WWI-WWII and the time in-between.

After WWI was over, the German nation was shattered from the costs of the war and the reparations they were forced to pay. Eventually, Hitler was able to take power and bring them back to war in order to try to return to the status quo ante.

From the histories, Hitler often noted that he served in the trenches of WWI, with distinction, and was one of the few who had found the war invigorating. This likely influenced how he viewed war making once he came to power, with the consequences that the world suffered.

Dulce and decorum est, indeed.

wow. Absolutely awesome. I can't thank you enough.

Thank you for saying this. Its the kind of thing I want to say every year (well twice a year, Memorial Day is even worse) but I hold back because I did not "serve". Well fuck that. I preferred this Holiday when it was called "Armistice Day" or "Remembrance Day". Not "Shut up and take it you lowly Civilian" Day

Thank you for this. Right on.

Thank you, Jude. I live in a town with 2 military bases and the Military Industrial Complex is a large part of our economy (in addition to tourism). The fetishsizing of "heroes" that "protect our freedoms" makes me ill. I respect and admire every person that serves in our armed services. I despise that these volunteer service persons are forced to fight for corporate interests that have nothing to do with securing our "freedom."

In my experience, the threats to our freedom lie right here at home (NYC cops vs Occupy, Ohio & Florida governors & secretaries of state).

It is immoral and un-American to sacrifice our military personnel on the altar of corporate profit.

Thank you to Jude and anyone else that served our country. I remember those that died with a heavy heart, and I will continue to advocate for the proper care we promised our wounded warriors.

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