So is the General suppose to obey the Constitution or the President? If any General suspects that what the President is doing is wrong, should he follow orders or disobey? I have never been in the military, but I do believe that they have an oath to protect us from those either foreign or domestic that are trying to destroy our way of life.
We have the technology to end any war with the push of a button, without any of our soldiers ever being killed. So why not use that technology? Our enemies already hate us and want to destroy our very existence, those who claim to be our friends are always eager to receive our aid and then trash us. So lets just drop a real big one on our enemies that we are at war with, and finish this once and for all?
Yes I know this is crazy? Yet what we have done since 9/11 isn’t? Look at how many soldiers have been killed, how many more injured psychically or psychologically, the hardship of their families here at home? You know why we will not do this? Because those same “too big to fail” that we bailout, they stand to lose and they wont have any of it. War is a big industry, let us not kid ourselves.
Thomas Jefferson spoke of when the government fears the people there is liberty, when the people fear their government there is tyranny. So at what point do the Generals react to and choose to stand for liberty instead of what we see today?
Since you mentioned the oath officers take upon entering their Commission, here is the current wording for the oath sworn by Army officers:
“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)
Notice the wording. The officer is sworn to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States”. There is no explicit wording in the oath to defend any individual, either in military or political office.
I have heard lots of nonsense from people calling talk radio shows saying how Gen. McChrystal was wrong in making his statement to the media and specifically to a left-wing publication and that he should have known better.
My take is that the General knew exactly what he was doing and by taking it to a left-wing publication, he allowed everyone to know where he as a General who is sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the U.S.A. stood. Specifically to reassure us, “we the people” who can’t believe what we’re witnessing from this President, the Attorney General, and our elected officials who are under-minding the Constitution. That he is with all of us who stand for the Constitution and freedom. I see it as a sign of support from General McChrystal.
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