Discussions on news sites seem to be more about group identities and less about issues. I am not anti-government, anti-military or anti-law enforcement. My concerns are not specific to any political party, personality or group identity.
After years of reading comments posted to news articles, here’s my take-
“The Troops are keeping us safe.”
Except on 911. Except when heroin-trafficking cartels want to move product into the Seattle area:
“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”
Welcome Home Troops
Thanks for your service.
NFL honors The Troops while establishing Increased security at NFL stadiums because overseas military operations are keeping us safe?
The Troops are keeping us safe- except when violent offenders are on the loose.
After spending huge amounts of cash on these programs:
The post-911 surveillance state (fusion centers, war on terror crime fighting tactics, license plate scanners, Homeland Security grant money, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, and social media sites, no fly/terror watch lists, Real ID, tracking of cell phones, use of drones, etc.) the system needs your help in locating the whereabouts of these folks:
Washington’s Most Wanted
Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told
Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?
Comments questioning the US Armed Forces are often met with:
“You wouldn’t have the freedom to post your nonsense if people were not giving their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom.”
Hey school teachers– where did this idea come from?
Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?
Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?
Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?
“We would all be speaking German today if it weren’t for those amazing individuals back then.”
The free and well armed people who populate the North American continent could be forced to speak a language not of their choosing?
Please see Operation Sea Lion.
The world’s most modern & powerful military force has had their hands full for years now trying to pacify the locals in the Greater Middle East.
We’ve got such a good handle on the situation- National Guard units are doing multiple tours in distant lands– absent any military emergency, draft, or declaration of war:
“The Troops are fighting to protect our rights and freedoms.”
As if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.
US foreign policy goals and objectives are mapped out at the very highest levels of government.
Ask yourself- is there someone at the table- in those high level planning sessions- who makes sure that military operations overseas include a mission to protect American rights and freedoms?
Does someone make sure the mission is to defend the constitution?
Is there anyone who verifies that the mission is to protect our physical security?
How does the executive branch of government defend the constitution via US foreign policy?
How are decades of undeclared/unwon wars protecting our freedoms? People are quick to pass the buck & blame politicians when The Troops return home without a victory. When The Troops are defending freedom house of cards collapses- politicians are to blame? Is it politicians that defend rights & freedoms?
Does all this freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?
A few months back there was a discussion about NAS Whidbey jets training over the Olympic Peninsula.
A question came up:
Why are NAS Whidbey jets not doing their training over a military reservation in Eastern WA, California, Nevada, etc. The federal government has set aside huge amounts of land for this purpose.
It would take too much jet fuel to move aircraft back & forth over a long distance. Discussion in comments here.
Whidbey jets recently preformed a public relations flyover at the Indy 500. Is NAS Whidbey the closest military installation capable of performing a flyover in Indiana?
Looks like jet fuel may not be an issue here. Hometown pride means not asking questions.
The US should maintain a strong & ready military to be used for defensive purposes in wars declared by congress. People should find honest ways to honor the military. Stop with the nonsense about freedom & free speech rights.
Recommendation: phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.
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