Sunday, April 09, 2006

A one-finger salute to BushCo.

from a Marine Lieutenant General (Ret.):

After 9/11, I was a witness and therefore a party to the actions that led us to the invasion of Iraq—an unnecessary war. Inside the military family, I made no secret of my view that the zealots' rationale for war made no sense. And I think I was outspoken enough to make those senior to me uncomfortable. But I now regret that I did not more openly challenge those who were determined to invade a country whose actions were peripheral to the real threat—al-Qaeda. I retired from the military four months before the invasion, in part because of my opposition to those who had used 9/11's tragedy to hijack our security policy. Until now, I have resisted speaking out in public. I've been silent long enough.

full story here.


If nothing else, the reticence of the military leaders to speak out publicly against BushCo. and their mad war shows just how deep the concept of allegiance to the Commander-in-Chief runs in the armed forces. I'm not saying it's justified, but it certainly explains why so few of our military commanders have come forward to voice their consternation at the bungling of this entire invasion - well, that and fear. As Lt. General Newbold points out, however, the military owes its loyalty to the Constitution, not to one man.