Friday, July 15, 2005

"The first casualty of war is the truth"

"A-Ten-HUT!" all you military personnel out there doing what you are told and seeing what is really going on! Listen carefully. Some of you may eventually get jobs in the public sector. A few may move into elected office. And one or two of you may become prominent political leaders, running for governor or senate in the future. At least one of you may even become a Presidential candidate in the general election of 2036.

I do not plan to be around; so, let me advise you now from a position of pure cynicism, but based on observations of history.

Here it is: Do not go on record with what you know about military abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan or Iraq. Keep quiet about the abuses at the Cuban military installation, as well. Destroy photos you may have. Do not write e-mail reports to loved ones or friends about what you have seen and know. Certainly, do not post any of that on line.

The military cover up of the friendly fire death of hero Pat Tillman? Shut up about it.

Lack of equipment supplied by our government? Hush. Unspent money appropriated for the war and funneled to companies "rebuilding" Iraq? It was needed there.

Extended enlistments, unprotected patrols, suicide missions? Don't talk of them.

Personnel drinking too much, taking drugs? Shhh. The number of female military personnel who become pregnant while on duty overseas? Please! No one needs to know.

Soldiers raping Iraqi women? Don't comment on their actions, the trials that have been held, nor the convictions of those already found guilty. Just shut up about the truth!

Our troops killing Iraqi civilians, including a wounded man at a church site? Let the courts handle it without your comment! The number of Iraqi dead, estimated as high as 200,000 and counting? Never mind. They weren’t Americans.

"Why," you may well ask, "do I give such deceitful advice?"

I'll tell you why with one name: "John Kerry."

He testified years ago about the truth in Viet Nam. But when he ran for President about 35 years later, the nation had forgotten the truth and wanted to believe only in the holy sanctity of both our troops and their mission as Christian people who would never do wrong. That 35-year-old testimony of the truth, paraded before the voters by the opposition instead of discussing the issues of the campaign, made voters angry with Kerry, for they did not want to remember the truth.

So lies were believed instead, and Kerry lost.

One of you in the military today may be running for President in 2036. By then the country again may not want to remember the truth about the mistreatment, illegal acts, and wrong-doings of what they consider a "do-no-wrong America" in its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Go on record with what you know today, and lose the election 35 years from now.

You heard it here first.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you read "War on 'Milblogs'" page 8, NEWSWEEK, August 8, 2005?

8/04/2005 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great story. Waiting for more. »

3/17/2007 1:49 AM  

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