I spent 7 years in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War era. Growing up in
Utah, I had always had my eye on joining one of the branches when I was old
enough. When I finally did, I seriously considered making a career of it.
I'm glad I didn't.I've come to understand that any
service I was rendering was not to my country but rather to the politically
powerful and their wealthy benefactors. I was part of the imperial machinery
making the world safe for their exploitation.You won't see me
standing to be recognized as a veteran so I can be thanked for what I did. If
anything, I feel the need to stand and apologize for swallowing so much
patriotic Kool-Aid that I couldn't see what damage I was causing to
America. I love this country, but I'm ashamed of its military adventurism
over the past several decades. I'm angry at its "statesmen" who
have collaborated with wealthy cronies to destroy the free market for their own
benefit at the expense of regular people. I wish it were all otherwise.
Re: "If anything, I feel the need to stand and apologize for swallowing so
much patriotic Kool-Aid . . . ."Then do so. But don't
presume to speak for the millions of your comrades-in-arms who have our heads
screwed on straight and don't cave in to pressure from liberals to
denigrate and dismiss service to America and freedom in the world. Rather, we
see service to the Nation for what it really is -- among the best things
we've ever done.And then, when you're finished with your
callow, shallow rant, you should thank generations of patriots who died to
defend your right to rant.
To SEY and the many other comrades-in-arms who join him in his sentiments and
have the courage to speak out, knowing they'll be condemned and dismissed
for what they know is their truth. Your heads are made straight by your hearts.
It is the men and women who see through jingoism to the truth that, for me, are
the hope for making this country that I love the "sweet land of liberty"
that it is meant to be.
Re: "It is the men and women who see through jingoism to the truth . . .
."Yeah, but unfortunately, WAY too many men and women don't
see through the cynical, liberal jingoism to the actual truth. Rather, they
knuckle under to a rigidly-enforced liberal orthodoxy that equates service with
sucker, patriotism with patsy-ism, and liberties with libertines.Reality is this -- America's history is, by far, the brightest shining
light in world history. America is the Nation that has more often chosen decency
over moral rot, peace over war, freedom over tyranny, justice over inequity, and
humanitarianism over barbarism, than ANY other in the memory of man.And, notwithstanding liberal blather to the contrary, America is still
recognized by all but American liberals as the world's last, best hope for
future freedom, happiness, peace, prosperity, and decency.Witness
our illegal immigration problem.
I don't believe we need to agree with everything our country does to
support the men and women who sacrifice in its defense. We may not be perfect,
and there are certainly challenges, but we must not dishonor the memory of those
who sacrificed that we might have this discussion publicly and without fear. To
those who have worn the uniform in our country's defense, thank you.
With out truth and justice no one will be free.
How many of our political leaders have given inspired speeches of the greatness
of this nation?Happy Fourth of July to our great country!!!
Military adventurism over that past few decades? OK< let's look at the
facts. Korea; obligated by treaty and membership in the UN to defend Korea.
Vietnam; again treaties signed after WWII obligated us. What was done after we
were there is debatable and certainly not the fault of those who fought and died
there. Iran; rescuing hostages. Grenada; our presence was requested by the
legitimate Governor to free his country from Cuban invaders. Bosnia and Somalia
were humanitarian ventures to stop genocide. Gulf War I; Kuwait was invaded and
raped and pillaged by Iraq. Broad international support to repel invaders and
re-establish freedom. By treaty a no-fly zone was established, which Iraq
ignored which led to Gulf War II where the US and allies overthrew a brutal
dictator. Afghanistan; Terror base from which 9/11 came. Need I say more?Now, where was that military adventurism again?CW3 Jack
Beckman, AUS Ret. 34 yrs of service to this Nation.