The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

Can we honor The Troops in honest ways?


November 12, 2019 Peninsula Daily News

‘Determination and indomitable spirit’: Veterans honored in Port Angeles ceremony

Rear Adm. Christopher “Scotty” Gray of the U.S. Navy:

“Whether you have led a platoon, driven a tank or commanded an artillery battery, it is your determination and indomitable spirit that has led our nation to victory since the establishment of our country…”

Rear Adm. Gray,

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.


Looks like people who did no time in uniform are seen as second-class citizens:

“Gray told the veterans in attendance they are “1 percenters,” adding they have done more for their country than the other 99 percent of citizens.”

“…folks in our country who completely take for granted the peace, prosperity and freedoms that you have underwritten with your blood and sacrifice. Thank you for that, for being part of our great country.”


Rear Adm. Gray,

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

The Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars goes back to 1949.


Rear Adm. Gray,

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.


Rear Adm. Gray,

The people in our country completely take for granted the peace, prosperity and freedoms that are somehow linked to the US Armed Forces?

People might come around if they had a say in undeclared/unwon wars that never end. When do we get to vote on all this?

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders and top Admirals on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record for winning wars since DOD was established in 1949.

Do the folks who honor veterans also advocate for phasing out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?


Rear Adm. Gray,

The freedom talk brings questions related to credibility.

If the troops are fighting for American rights and freedoms- why were black people still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory?


Rear Adm. Gray,

With all this talk of freedom- would it be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

Can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?


One of the nation’s largest, oldest and most respected veterans organizations tells us: Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Veterans give rights?

If the U.S. Armed Forces protect the right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.


Did you serve?

This is a question I see often when reading comments on the web. This question may be directed at those who question US foreign policy.

The vibe from some veterans seems to be:

Don’t say things that I disagree with. If you didn’t do time in uniform you have no right to speak out. If you did time in uniform- you should see society as a group of first & second-class citizens. Those who never wore a uniform are second class citizens and their commentary should be supervised by those who once wore a uniform.

My answer to the question:

I did some time in the Marines. It did not serve to prevent 911.


More here:

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms…

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Not OK to question undeclared and unwon wars that never end

Both Major Parties

Americans have a much more honest relationship with sports teams than they do with the US Armed Forces

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Liberty And Justice For All?

Did the speech mention Armistice Day?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

Armistice Day Is Now Free Chow Day

Too Many Lies From Veterans – Straight Out of a Land of Make Believe

Jet Noise Protects Your Right To Protest?


How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.


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