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Bergdahl: A Dessenting Opinion

4 Jun

Of course for all of us millions that weren’t there we don’t know the specifics yet of what took place for Bergdahl on June 30, 2009. News reports say that he left his assigned Forward Operating Base before he was scheduled to go on guard duty that date. His FOB appears to have been Sharana, if so, not a mere hill or ditch running through the landscape. If so, the Sharana photos look like there would have been more than one soldier on guard duty at any given time. Negative news reports say that Bergdahl deserted his post implying that he was on active guard duty and just walked away leaving the FOB exposed to attack. Did the soldier that Bergdahl was to replace desert his position before his replacement arrived? On this date, per the Army logs, was there ever a period of time when the designated number of guards were not on duty?

By all reports so far it would seem that Bergdahl resigned. The military of course calls it desertion; the working world calls it resigning. He shed his soldier stuff, guns, rifles, and then quit the soldier job. It happens thousands of times every day in America, people max out, lay down their building keys, office card keys, ID badges, etc. and quit the job that has become literally intolerable to work. The job Bergdahl was working was far worse than most jobs we give the boot to here at home and the consequences of quitting he faced as a result were staggering.

Oddly enough through the negative reporting there hasn’t been any mention of his being a fearful person, a man afraid of dying. That is his reasons for resigning so far as reported don’t seem to have anything to do with the classic fear of dying on the battlefield of war. Many already have started calling him a coward but from what was he cowering? He left unarmed, figuratively naked into a severely hostile environment with possibly his only asset being the power of his clearing conscience. People may not agree with his reasons for quitting or his timing but he can never be accused of quitting for profit.

So called leaders do start wars for profit and for the personal acquisition and sensation of power. And some soldiers slowly discover the lies wars are built on. Understandably they become disillusioned over time and a few, like Bowe Bergdahl, act upon what has been discovered before their tour is over. Per the war masters most of the disillusioned have the good grace to finish out the macabre contract and quietly kill themselves when they get home.

Those in the country who blood lust for a court martial regarding the six soldiers that died searching for the guy that left the war; let them start instead with the guys that told the enormous lies to launch the wars, Bush, Chaney, Rumsfeld et. al. And in the charges don’t stop with these six that lost their lives, add on the thousands of US military personnel dead over the decade of these wars and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani people dead from our wars. Unfortunately, as the collective American psyche operates chances are that once home Bergdahl will have a miserable life and Bush, Chaney, and Rumsfeld will continue their’s in great comfort. This scenario is the cowardice.

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Veterans and the Draft

2 Jun

I hold a minority view with regard to our most current veterans. Although I marched/protested against the obscene Vietnam War in the 60s and early 70s I have since donated money to Vietnam Veteran organizations because those veterans were overwhelmingly drafted, poor, and disproportionately people of color. Today’s veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are all volunteers. Now in this blindly patriotic goo that the nation wallows in I have to be very careful to preface my minority opinion with the sincere wish that no harm come to any military personnel or veterans. I wish them the same peace and good life that I wish anyone. However, I do not thank these veterans for the “job” they have done. I did not ask them to aid and abet Bush and posse in starting these latest obscene wars. The Bush/Chaney/Rumsfeld wars could never have been consummated without these people that volunteered to do their bidding. They have not made the world safer for me and my love ones; they have increased the danger. Since these wars were launched the number of people hating Americans has only multiplied. I wave no flag; they did not serve to protect my freedom nor democracy, they served to massage the egos of megalomaniacs and fatten the coffers of corporate America. I am profoundly sorry for the bad choice these veterans made, the gangs they joined, the death and destruction they dispensed in my name, the invisible target they’ve helped pin on my back. It’s illogical for Progressives to be against wars born out of an obscene set of lies and likewise glorify those who executed it even if you consider them unwitting pawns. Obviously, as with any contract, this country should expeditiously honor any commitments made to military people at the time of their induction, however, to parade them, to exalt them as heroes, is nuts. That kind of thinking only muddies the waters; it’s a closeted co-sign of the wars themselves; it’s Progressives not wanting to take heat. One way to slow this whole pathology down to a crawl is to reinstate the Draft. But not just the Draft in its old form, no amp it up, raise the age limit (not all people have to serve on the battlefield), include women, include of age students, include folks with really good jobs, rich people as well as middle class people (in this country the poor people are already a given), handicapped people (yes handicapped people don’t have to be on the battlefield to contribute skills). Citizens should have to be truly too old or seriously too messed up in order to get an exemption from the Draft. All Draft selections and exemptions should be considered a fully open public record with draftee’s names, counties, names of Draft board members, and reasons for exemptions. Boy wouldn’t that be fun.

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