published Saturday, May 7th, 2011

U.S. armed forces for peace

The goal of the United States’ armed forces is to protect our people and our nation. We seek peace with honor.

If, however, war is thrust upon us, our goal is to secure victory and then to restore peace as quickly as possible.

That is why, each year, we honor those who have served in our military forces. Chattanooga, surely one of the most patriotic communities in our country, yesterday held its 62nd annual Armed Forces Day parade. (Armed Forces Day officially falls on May 21, but our earlier celebration allowed more schools to get involved.)

After the parade, viewed by enthusiastic crowds, more than 300 people gathered at the Chattanooga Convention Center to hear retired Marine Maj. Gen. Kevin B. Kuklok, from Loudon, Tenn., honor past and present members of our armed services.

Kuklok pointed out that “As long as wars have been going on through recorded history, each society has had to deal with the casualties of war.”

Special recognition was given to Marine Lance Cpl. Levi Cunningham, who was wounded in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device, or IED, and now is rehabilitating.

We honor all of our servicemen and women, past and present, and thank them for their selfless work. As long as we have citizens like these, our land will remain free for us all.

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nucanuck said...

The goal of the US military should be to defend our country, but that mission has grown out of control since the end of WW II into a worldwide undefinable mission mega-force.

The Department of Defense has become the world police.

More than half of America's tax revenue is now devoted to military and security related issues. More than any other bugetary item, military spending is pushing us into the poor house.

The time has come to repatriate our worldwide forces.

May 7, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.
librul said...

While here at home (Radley Balko,, May 2, 2011):

"We have fundamentally altered who we are. A partial, off-the-top-of-my-head list of how we’ve changed since September 11 . . .

We’ve sent terrorist suspects to “black sites” to be detained without trial and tortured. We’ve turned terrorist suspects over to other regimes, knowing that they’d be tortured. In those cases when our government later learned it got the wrong guy, federal officials not only refused to apologize or compensate him, they went to court to argue he should be barred from using our courts to seek justice, and that the details of his abduction, torture, and detainment should be kept secret. We’ve abducted and imprisoned dozens, perhaps hundreds of men in Guantanamo who turned out to have been innocent. Again, the government felt no obligation to do right by them. The government launched a multimillion dollar ad campaign implying that people who smoke marijuana are implicit in the murder of nearly 3,000 of their fellow citizens. The government illegally spied and eavesdropped on thousands of American citizens. Presidents from both of the two major political parties have claimed the power to detain suspected terrorists and hold them indefinitely without trial, based solely on the president’s designation of them as an “enemy combatant,” essentially making the president prosecutor, judge, and jury. (I’d also argue that the treatment of someone like Bradley Manning wouldn’t have been tolerated before September 11.) The current president has also claimed the power to execute U.S. citizens, off the battlefield, without a trial, and to prevent anyone from knowing about it after the fact. The Congress approved, the president signed, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a broadly written law making it a crime to advocate for any organization the government deems sympathetic to terrorism. This includes challenging the “terrorist” designation in the first place. Flying in America now means enduring a humiliating and hassling ritual that does little if anything to actually make flying any safer. Every time the government fails to catch an attempt at terrorism, it punishes the public for its failure by adding to the ritual. American Muslims, a heartening story of success and assimilation, are now harassed and denigrated for merely trying to build houses of worship. Without a warrant, the government can search and seize indefinitely the laptops and other personal electronic devices of anyone entering the country. The Department of Homeland Security now gives terrorism-fighting grants for local police departments across the country to purchase military equipment, such as armored personnel carriers, which is then used against U.S. citizens, mostly to serve drug warrants."

May 7, 2011 at 1:15 p.m.
librul said...


"Yes, bin Laden the man is dead. But he achieved all he set out to achieve, and a hell of a lot more. He forever changed who we are as a country, and for the worse. Mostly because we let him. That isn’t something a special ops team can fix."

If al Queda is fighting us because they hate our freedoms, the war is already over.

May 7, 2011 at 1:16 p.m.
Legend said...

@librul If al Queda is fighting us because they hate our freedoms, the war is already over.

If anyone actually believes hating America's freedoms have anything to do with any of they're more gullible than the most gullible. Just proves Herman Ghoerig was right all along. In that the people can always be brought around to the beliefs of the powers.

May 7, 2011 at 3:38 p.m.
librul said...

Well, Bush and his handlers believed it - they were the ones using it as a reason for their aggressions, (to mask the real reasons, of course.)

One has to ask, then, is Mr. Balko's bullet list of any concern to you at all?

May 7, 2011 at 7:22 p.m.
chioK_V said...

As long as we have citizens like these, our land will remain free for us all.

Someone has a since of humor. "will remain FREE FOR US ALL?" Now that's hilarious.

May 7, 2011 at 7:51 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Lib, just look at your name pal. Liberals are the ones who send our military to places they should not be and blame Republicans for it all. Libs vote for wars then when political expediency rolls around criticize and make the military look bad for trying to do its job. If you think those battling our way of life DON'T HATE OUR FREEDOM, the war is already over for you. Let's just be nice to everyone and see where that gets us.

May 7, 2011 at 10:17 p.m.
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