Where Are the Brave Military Voices Against Forever War?

I am a devout antiwar supporter….it comes from my time in the mud in the paddies of SE Asia…..I see a lot of the same mistakes being made all over again….and yet NO one will step up and point out the worthless, useless efforts being made to NOT end a war.

For 16 years we have been sending our people to do what needs to be done by the people of the different countries…..someone needs to speak up…..

Christmas, 1914: Nearly a million men are already dead, and the war is barely four months old.  Suddenly, and ultimately in unison, the opposing German and British troops begin singing Christmas carols. At first light, German troops emerge unarmed from their trenches, and walk out into “no-man’s land.” Despite fearing a ruse, the Brits eventually joined their sworn enemies in the churned earth between the trench lines. Carols were sung, gifts of cigarettes exchanged—one man even brought out a decorative tree. It only happened once. Though the bloody, senseless war raged across three more Christmases, the officers on each side quashed future attempts at a holiday truce. And yet, for that brief moment, in the ugliest of circumstances, the common humanity of Brits and Germans triumphed. It must have been beautiful.

Ultimately, nearly ten million men would die in battle. For all that, little was settled. It rarely is.  The ruling classes still ruled, the profiteers profited, and Europe went to war again not twenty years later. So it went, and so it goes.

Source: Where Are the Brave Military Voices Against Forever War? | The American Conservative

Soldiers follow orders….they do not analyze them….they follow them….your loudest voices against war will come from ex-soldiers….not active military.


10 thoughts on “Where Are the Brave Military Voices Against Forever War?

  1. I think the establishment of an all volunteer military was a clever way to silence those voices, chuq. I don’t have all the answers, but I do believe the all volunteer military is mostly composed of the true believers of a military solution who aren’t representative of all demographic groups in America, and that minimizes resistance to endless war.

      1. As long as people’s basic needs are met and there are no tanks blasting down their homes or bloody bodies on the front lawn where the children play, it doesn’t exist except in the abstract. The politicians always come up with a way of selling the war to the people.

  2. Chuq, read a Bright Shining Lie (790 pages), by Neil Sheehan, a a reporter who covered the War, and he went out with the ARVN troops. Many of the solutions that MACV provided–Strategic Villages, ArcLight, Free Fire Zones were travesties–and the top brassie, in Civilian and Military Command didn’t want listen.

    Perhaps the corruption throughout South Vietnamese society, as well as in the Military, was even more baffling. All the while, West Moreland built 43 ice cream plants throughout the nation. In a year and a half, I never saw it! Did you? All for the Saigon Commandos.

    In a prior post, I wrote about how-post Vietnam–how it changed the way America engages i war. Yes, in order to justify the much higher expenses of an All-Volunteer Army–no longer an Army of the People–Endless War is the only solution. B. S!

    1. Thanx for the book idea…..will go on my list for next month….parlors in Vietnam…LOL For the same people that hot water every morning chuq

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