Since the Iraq Invasion in 2003, the number of U.S. servicemen, predominately from the Army, have made the personal decision to desert their posts for whatever reason, I am one of them. I deserted from Fort Drum, NY in December of 2007.
I have been very open about this fact to friends and family, and the first question is usually what does that mean you deserted. I went AWOL (absent without leave) for more than 30 days. The second question is, why? To answer this first ask yourself what goes into your life decisions? It is a complicated choice with many different variables and moral exchanges.
It is no secret the our nation’s reasoning for going into Iraq were flawed at best. This weighed heavily upon my conscious as for my wanting for the credibility of the institution and country I had volunteered to serve had begun working to corrupt the basic American altruism. The violation of not just one but several international laws and long-standing practices is not to be taken lightly. As to the fates of other deserters who have used this same argument to help convey their want of asylum in Canada, and the High Courts ruling that soldiers do not own the responsibility for the actions of an administration or chain of command. In rebuttal, then what of Abu Ghraib, where soldiers whose only mistake was following orders or simply being witness to such violations received court martials. Were they not held responsible? Responsibility is the cornerstone of the military and if the policy is in the wrong then so are we all. Was this not the basis for the United Kingdom’s Iraq Inquiry to hold some accountability and to hold former office holders to answer? No one in the United States was held to this standard so for lack of a better term “the shit ran downhill” upon us personnel, both officer and enlisted, who cared to give it the thought and concern it so desperately required. Unfortunately for myself, an officer can resign, with not much left at the disposal of the enlisted. The Command should, and has the right and duty to challenge any order that is unlawful to the best interest of all its servicepeople.
For those who think the military is some plaything, there are repercussions to such a blatant disregard for the rule of law. I am only one of many.
There are other reasons for my personal desertion, one involving a rape I was witness to and the lack of an adequate response due to military policy on the subject. Some have asked if my sexual orientation ever came into play. No, I was “out” to almost everyone with little fanfare, but I could have chaptered out if I had wanted to. So it was a form of protest. I love the military and have a profound appreciation of what they taught me, but to them “integrity” and “honor” are not just mere words. It was singularly the hardest decision I have ever had to make, but I am proud of it. I know not everyone respects or understands my viewpoint on this matter, but here I stand, open and honest.
If you any questions please ask.
Climb the Mountain!
After much reading and listening to statements made by the Republican candidate and her husband I had the strangest feeling I had heard similar language before. Her strangely effeminate hubby calling gays “barbarians” and delivering that need to be “disciplined” reminds me of some great nights in Montreal. Is that “dirty talk”? As for the googly-eyed congresswoman espousing on the virtues of womanly submission; does she do it in leather? Can you imagine what it will be like having Mr. Slave as President of the United States? Besides delightfully kinky, it seems like a bad idea.
If Mrs. Bachmann really felt she should be the cowering maiden that is good for nothing else than to be baby vending machine; I don’t think she would be in a position of authority let alone be campaigning for the pinnacle of political power as is the office of president. Not that this should be all that new to Republican politics, perverts of every swagger seem to be drawn to “shite makes right” self-denial that we have come to tolerate. From Mark Foley and his form of child welfare to the “bathroom quit-staling” shenanigans of Larry Craig we have quite the array to choose from. Combine aforementioned sleaze with the carnal Christians who drool over the prospect of imprisonment for porno, all the while smoking meth and finding the company of prostitutes (I know Jesus forgave them, but I think he stopped at that). I think we all know the big secret. All that the vitriolic sewage that is thrown at the secular or liberal is just a front. That once you climb to a position of power and/or authority then you free to tell the little people that got you there how to act and live. Instead of finding situations to problems that people face on the day to day, these actors in nun costumes are smacking are collective penis with a ruler. Which I believe gives them a bit a thunder down under.
Is their brand of Queer-baiting something we should take another look at. I mean, as most intelligible people know, there is a certain relationship between sexual repression and the acting out on one’s would be objects of affection e.g. the bully pulling the hair of cute schoolgirl who won’t give them the time of day. Should we keep giving these freaks the time of day, not to mention airtime, so they can play out their sexual fantasies on the the national stage? Hell no, they can stick it where their greased forearms can’t get to. You can flirt with a presidential bid but stop flirting with me. I hate being teased, sort of.
Finally, a little light has been shown upon the ‘evil empire’ that is News Corp. The disgusting events unfolding in the United Kingdom are the long sought after unveiling of what Rupert Murdoch stands for: Nothing. The unadulterated invasion of privacy of victims and families is the slap in the face that has awoken much of the public. While many of us in the U.S. are very much aware of the scourge that is Fox News and the buying out of long cherished news organizations and throwing them into the bowels of disrepute; I don’t think the rest of the world quite knew what News Corp. was capable of. They have no morality, although they love to espouse upon the immorality of the people they see as inferior or subversive. Now, who is the real traitor in our midst? They have for almost two decades undermined the public trust in the media, certain sectors of the government, NGOs and international organizations that don’t happen to agree with their narrow worldview.
At least in the UK they can investigate News Corp.’s infiltration of the police and political collusion, while in the U.S. it has the consumed the heart and sole of an entire political party. We cannot seem to exercise this beast of cynical venom from our national discourses. When did we concede to give tabloids credibility as legitimate sources of information? Look, what they’ve done with it! Glenn Beck’s revisionist, sensationalized versions of history (Thank God, he’s now confined to radio) that have slithered into the mainstream. Hysterical misinformed anti-pedophile campaigns being unleashed on innocent people. Distopian scenarios with racist hues dangling from the eroded minds of the failed actors that pass for pundits. Death-eating opportunists that prey upon the fears of the people to whom they hold the utmost contempt: their viewers and readers. Do you remember when ‘a story at any cost’ meant dodging bullets on the front line in Sarajevo; not spying on innocent people in the hope to harvest the very last teardrop?
Maybe, and hopefully this the end of Orwellian media. Beck, Limbaugh aka the fattest piece of diatribe known to Man have had shrinking ratings due to their empty promises, threats and predictions. Boycotts of advertisers have scared off all but the most virulent corporate sponsors. Like their much akin Charisma Televangelists of the 1980’s people are catching on to their scheming and it is just a matter of time before the wither the sunshine of the truth. To us the Vigilant, we must make sure that the void they leave is not filled by the same detritus or worse someone that believes in what they say.
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