Proud to be an American

 

Are you proud to be an American?  I had an interesting experience the other day in water aerobics.  Some how the ‘50s and the KGB came up in conversation.  I said, “Yes, I remember them.  We hated them.  The KGB “disappeared” people in the middle of the night and tortured them.”  Boy, did that stop the conversation.

The U.S. Military has no soul.  I am not talking about the soldiers, the cannon fodder, the collateral damage, the pawns.  I mean the Defense Department and government that oversees it.  The Obama Administration has made GW’s torture and secrecy its own.  Five more people came forward to complain that they were victims of U.S. rendition.  From today’s Times…

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that former prisoners of the C.I.A. could not sue over their alleged torture in overseas prisons because such a lawsuit might expose secret government information.

By a 6-to-5 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a Boeing subsidiary accused of arranging flights for the Central Intelligence Agency to transfer prisoners to other countries for imprisonment and interrogation. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of five former prisoners who say they were tortured in captivity — and that Jeppesen was complicit in that alleged abuse.

The only secrets I can see being exposed here are the one’s that speak to our despicable activities.  Speaking of despicable activities, the military still does not acknowledge “traumatic brain injury.”  To get a “Purple Heart” for TBI, the soldier must document when he received it.  That is kind of hard to do when after a TBI one cannot even remember what one has said minutes ago. The governmental response to PTSD and TBI has been woefully inadequate.  Mostly what the VA is doing to treat veterans for PTSD and TBI is drugging them into oblivion.  I could cite an article, but you can google “drugging veterans” and choose your own.  I mean, c’mon!

There is a response that will reduce terrorism in the world and in Afghanistan and, wouldn’t you know, it is not a military program.  If you want to know what it is, or even help, read about it here.

The military must stop trying to end terrorism.  Their activities only further the Jihadi’s cause.  Additionally, they must begin to care about the lives they are trashing, including our own.  They must find a soul, admit mistakes, and become Americans we can be proud of.

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