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The Only Brave Troop Is An AWOL Troop

Johnny Needs to Put Down His Gun

Johnny Needs to Put Down His Gun

It takes guts to do the right thing, especially after having taken great pride in doing the wrong thing…rb

from Dahr Jamail: On May 1st at Fort Hood in central Texas, Specialist Victor Agosto wrote on a counseling statement, which is actually a punitive U.S. Army memo:

“There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect.”

Ten days later, he refused to obey a direct order from his company commander to prepare to deploy and was issued a second counseling statement. On that one he wrote, “I will not obey any orders I deem to be immoral or illegal.”

Shortly thereafter, he told a reporter, “I’m not willing to participate in this occupation, knowing it is completely wrong. It’s a matter of what I’m willing to live with.”

Agosto had already served in Iraq for 13 months with the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. Currently on active duty at Fort Hood, he admits, “It was in Iraq that I turned against the occupations. I started to feel very guilty. I watched contractors making obscene amounts of money. I found no evidence that the occupation was in any way helping the people of Iraq. I know I contributed to death and human suffering. It’s hard to quantify how much I caused, but I know I contributed to it.”

According to Sergeant Simpson, here’s how a feeling of discontent and opposition creeps up on you while you’re on duty: The part of the war you’re involved in, interrogating Iraqis in his case, “doesn’t make any sense. You realize that the whole system is flawed and if that is flawed, then obviously the whole war is flawed. If the basic premise of the war is flawed, definitely the intelligence system that is supposed to lead us to victory is flawed. What that implies is that victory is not even a possibility.”

Sergeant Travis Bishop, who served 14 months in Baghdad recently went AWOL when his unit deployed to Afghanistan. He insists that it would be unethical for him to deploy to support an occupation he opposes on moral grounds.

On his blog, he puts his position this way: “I love my country, but I believe that this particular war is unjust, unconstitutional and a total abuse of our nation’s power and influence. And so, in the next few days, I will be speaking with my lawyer, and taking actions that will more than likely result in my discharge from the military, and possible jail time…and I am prepared to live with that. My father said, ‘Do only what you can live with, because every morning you have to look at your face in the mirror when you shave. Ten years from now, you’ll still be shaving the same face.’ If I had deployed to Afghanistan, I don’t think I would have been able to look into another mirror again.”

3 Comments

  1. Nam68 says:

    i agree it takes more balls to leave than to stay. they stole my life and i didn’t have a choice. they caught me before i could get to canada. you are right. if we really support the troops we BRING THEM HOME!!! young boys die playing the games of rich old men or live long enough to be treated like garbage.

  2. Sandy says:

    My brother went AWOL and I am very proud of him! Keep up the good work. Sandy

  3. Somruthai says:

    … Anytime you have a government (real or proxy) finthigg insurgents either:1. the government is clearly and unambiguously winning2. it’s losing. Not winning is the same as losing in that situation.Not true. Many insurgencies go through periods of stalemate then the side that can bear the attrition the best wins. The US has won other insurgencies – the Seminole, Apache, Huks, Confederacy of course, and Cold War by willingness to spill blood and wear down the insurgents into dust.Winning in Iraq would have required much less squeamishness on the sanctity of enemy life than we have chosen to take. Or more resistance to the old, tired MSM “death count” chant they have been on for 5 fucking years. We lost 329 people an hour in WWII, when we had less than half our present population. We lose 60,000 to 95,000 a year in preventable medical events we can’t seem to allocate a few billion to work on, or the 1800 motorcycle deaths…Unbearable number of US deaths in Iraq?????????As Lefties who honestly don’t care at all for the troops blubber and women who think with their hearts instead of their brains insist??We are losing less than 2 soldiers a day since 9/11. Tragic no matter what the number is, but “unbearable”??? The Soviets lost and managed to “bear” the loss of 14,000 people a DAY in WWII.***************************Pogo is right on the MSM death count mantra.That said, given our current constraints and the truth of the Arab Sunni and Shia’s ingratitude and suicidal stupidity – WE ARE LOSING at present. It is not a stalemate, but an insurgency we let grow then fought ineffectively with halfass measures, a pack of Iraqi shitheads with no interest in risking their own asses for a nation, just their tribes — and a feckless ROE policy.And Bush was an absolute moron for deciding to launch his “we’re actually winning on our current course and Rummy will be with me the whole way!!” campaign tour.Coming from a family of Reagan Democrats and huge pro-defense vets, it was disgust with Bush, and the economy of the Elites, and corruption that returned most of us to remembering the “Democrat” part of being Reagan Democrats.************************Tim – “Unfortunately, the defense draw down begun by G.H.W. Bush and continued by Clinton has hurt our ground forces most.”Don’t forget Bush II. He is as much a part of it as his predecessors and has far less of an excuse for having less fighters, subs, bombers, surface ships, tanks, reservist eligibility, bases AFTER 9/11 than what Clinton handed over. And after China’s huge buildup in missiles, subs, and army modernization started. Rumsfeld to the end believed we needed LESS grunts and MORE “high tech supersoldiers like the million dollar ones with college degrees now being blown up by IEDs planted by illiterate peasants for a 150 dollar payment by Iranian agents, Sunni moneymen”.Rumsfeld wanted to go from 10 Army divisions down to 8. Good riddance to him. He had some good ideas, but his opposition to a larger military and support of Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy and growing the Fed Gov’t by 40% in 6 years all but quaranteed that he would paralyze America by having our smaller ground forces bogged down in Iraq, burning out from overuse, and unable to act elsewhere (much to the glee of Chavez, Iran, N Korea, and Syria)*******************If I ask you, or the average American, how many Medals of Honor and Silver Stars have been awarded in this war, how many will know the answer without looking it up?Only 2 Medals of Honor. Very stingy compared to other wars, And one was for a grenade-flopper. With another flopper award pending. Only one was for a true hero that performed an astounding feat of valor and skill in the face of a superior enemy. And even SGT Smith died. Somehow Bush’s Pentagon has decided to get a MOH requires you to die – otherwise several Marines and SEALs that did Audie Murphy proud would have theirs. (A grenade flopper is just a soldier that sacrifices himself for his buddies by instinct, like the thousands who died spontaneously deciding to lead charges on machine gun nests so others could get close enough to grenade or mortar the nest and live. Or people like the Japs that came at us as suicide bombers.) Better we gave a few more out to living soldiers who did great feats of valor and skill – in WWII and Vietnam grenade floppers got theirs, but the military was far better at making awards for true feats of valor that helped win battles, not just “taking one for the team”.