Veterans Day: Honor the Soldier … Scorn the Chickenhawk

Honor the Veterans

We honor the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces.

Some of the most generous, dedicated, brave people we have ever met are veterans.

But the government scorns them …

Veterans returning from the front lines are labeled “potential terrorists”, to the horror of both the Republican and Democratic leadership.

Veterans receive horrible health care.

Veterans who exercise the freedom of speech which they fought for abroad are harassed, beaten, and then denied medical treatment. (It’s been that way for a long time.)

The big banks – which are continually being bailed out and otherwise enabled by the government – have been cheating veterans on their mortgages, and the government isn’t doing much about it. And in numerous other ways, veterans are treated like trash.

War is a Racket

War is a racket“, according to one of the most highly-decorated military men of all time (and the hero who stopped a coup against FDR ).

Top economists say that war is horrible for the economy. It benefits a handful of elites, while levying a tax on the vast majority of Americans.

President Eisenhower – formerly a top general – tried to warn us:

The Founding Fathers also tried to warn us.

But we didn’t listen.

The Only Winners … War Profiteers

The heads of the big defense firms make huge salaries off of war, and are part of the oligarchy.

They not infrequently fund and sell arms to both sides of wars … and make a killing in the process.

Top economists have also proven that war is horrible for the vast majority of Americans.

Congress members – part of the super-elite which has made money hand over fist during this economic downturn – are heavily invested in the war industry, and routinely trade on inside information … perhaps even including planned military actions.

Similarly – as detailed below – the Federal Reserve helps to start wars by financing them (no, I’m not talking about the billions the Fed sent to Iraq or Gaddafi’s Libyan bank or other recently-disclosed shenanigans).

The Real Meaning of Veterans Day

David Swanson notes that Veteran’s Day began as a pledge to end all wars:

Believe it or not, November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, support troops, or cheer the 11th year of occupying Afghanistan. This day was made a holiday in order to celebrate an armistice that ended what was up until that point, in 1918, one of the worst things our species had thus far done to itself, namely World War I.


A ten-year campaign was launched in 1918 that in 1928 created the Kellogg-Briand Pact, legally banning all wars. That treaty is still on the books, which is why war making is a criminal act and how Nazis came to be prosecuted for it.

“[O]n November 11, 1918, there ended the most unnecessary, the most financially exhausting, and the most terribly fatal of all the wars that the world has ever known. Twenty millions of men and women, in that war, were killed outright, or died later from wounds. The Spanish influenza, admittedly caused by the War and nothing else, killed, in various lands, one hundred million persons more.” — Thomas Hall Shastid, 1927.

Many active-duty service men are opposed to the endless wars, which only weaken our national security and increase terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

The troops want to come home, and the American public want them to come home as well.

It is only the elite who want war. As Nazi leader Hermann Goering famously said:

Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

Indeed, those who start wars on false premises are the biggest traitors.

As I wrote on Veterans’ Day 2008:

Today, I sincerely and passionately honor our veterans.

So many have endured unimaginable hardship, trauma or injury. Some have paid the ultimate price to defend our country.

Veterans are Against the Iraq War

You might assume veterans of the Iraq war support the war.

Overwhelmingly, that is false.

Talk to some of the veterans. By and large, they think that the invasion of Iraq, or at least our continued occupation, is wrong.

They have seen first-hand the killing and maiming of innocent Iraqi civillians.

They have heard the cries of those falsely accused, who were shipped off to Abu Ghraib.

They have woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, reliving the nightmares they experienced.

They know that the chicken-hawk civilians who started the war and their yes-men in the military leadership are wrong, that the war should be stopped, and the troops brought home.

Renewing My Commitment

That’s why on Veterans’ day, I am honoring the brave men and women who served in the military by renewing my commitment to end the Iraq war.

The Iraq war might have been forgotten by the mainstream media, but I will not forget the troops and veterans. I will fight to end the war [all unnecessary wars] . . . for them.

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  • Sharon Marlowe

    There wouldn’t be these wars if people didn’t volunteer to be mercenaries for this regime in Washington. There is absolutely nothing to respect or honor about the corporate veterans.

    • kimyo

      Youths in Rural U.S. Are Drawn To Military

      Such patterns are pronounced in such counties as Martinsville, Va., that supply the greatest number of enlistees in proportion to their youth populations. All of the Army’s top 20 counties for recruiting had lower-than-national median incomes, 12 had higher poverty rates, and 16 were non-metropolitan, according to the National Priorities Project, a nonpartisan research group that analyzed 2004 recruiting data by Zip code.

      “A lot of the high recruitment rates are in areas where there is not as much economic opportunity for young people,” said Anita Dancs, research director for the NPP, based in Northampton, Mass.

      Left adrift, young people such as Deal “are being pushed out of their communities. They want to get away from intolerable situations, and the military offers them something different,” said Morten G. Ender, a sociologist at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

      • Sharon Marlowe

        That’s why I called them mercenaries–paid killers. Or you could call them gang-members once they join the military gangsters.

        • kimyo

          in the view of tptb, the internet exists solely to blame the victims for their circumstances.

          ex: millenials are poor cause they waste their money on avocado toast. reality: they grew up in a world created by clinton killing glass steagal. they’ve never known actual, true capitalism, in which the industrious or the frugal can prosper.

          poverty-stricken, desperate americans who ‘voluntarily’ join the military in an attempt to escape their ‘intolerable situations’ ARE THE VICTIMS. certainly, not as much as the iraqis who must live with constant, daily threats and the ubiquitous depleted uranium residue. still, these americans are clearly victims of an apparatus which argues that democracy can result from drone warfare, no-fly zones and ‘shock and awe’.

          if you need a focus, it’s on the generals and majors who think we can win a war against north korea/iran/russia/china. not on the cannon fodder.

          it’s no accident that these americans have no choice but to ‘serve’ or die.

          • Sharon Marlowe

            I don’t think perpetuating the myth that poor people don’t know any better or are forced to be mercenaries is right. The real victims are the people murdered by the military for no good reason, not the volunteers who sign up for the U.S.-corporate regime.

          • turb0diesel

            No one is doing that… kimyo is saying stop repeating the counterproductive tactics of the vietnam era where you spit on your fellow americans and call them baby killers. Almost no one joins the military these days to fight. Everyone does it for opportunity (adventure, pay, skills for career, etc) and it is even greater in rural areas that are more indoctrinated in the “serve your country” BS. The people that are responsible for the wars would never join the military. That is for suckers. The people doing the killing are sitting in trailers operating drones in the southwest and having breakdowns wondering how the hell they got themselves into their situation while the war profiteers rake in the cash provided by the oblivious taxpayer. The few (relative to total numbers) of soldiers that are on the ground sit around like ineffective cops waiting out their assignment hoping not to have to venture outside the compound.

          • Sharon Marlowe

            There was a draft for the Vietnam massacre. I don’t equate todays volunteers for ‘adventure and pay’ with the Vietnam era. Today’s volunteers have no excuse for being part of the most horrible military on earth, accounting for the destruction and bombing of over half-a-dozen countries that had not declared war on us at all. There’s absolutely nothing about these people to respect–nothing.

          • turb0diesel

            “There’s absolutely nothing about these people to respect–nothing.”

            Uhm how about they are human beings? Look if you want to hate on a bunch of supply chain buyers, administrative clerks, IT folks, mechanics, service technicians of many disciplines, and on and on; go for it. But please stay out of the anti-war movement. Having people associated with it that are filled with so much hate is exactly what the war pigs want. Its like what intentionally divisive identity politics does for the equality movement, reversing progress.

          • Sharon Marlowe

            Oh, I see. The only people responsible for war are who YOU say for YOUR anti-war movement, right? Pretty funny

          • Sparticus

            Wrong … the Poster above is Corrrect. You cannot respect people who murder others for corporate profit. Respect has to be Earned. The US military has earned Nothing but the Fury that will come. Trillions spent on IRAQ, AFGHAN and LIBYA … JESUS …. Americans should be demanding a REFUND for that Alone!

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  • Sparticus

    Now, today, what are the accomplishments? Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya … little Children …. Costing: Many Trillions of Dollars?

    In a World with Intelligent people ( another dimension, perhaps) this would be an Abomination. I guarantee, in the Afterlife, those who boast of such WAR on TERROR will be confronted by the GREATS and Made to Polish their Boots. Then, from there, it will be Very, Very Bad for them.

    However, because you are all trapped in the wet paper bag of “Hero Worship” you have been subjugated by your masters and made to worship and support them as God(s). You are worthless. They are Heroes. And, so the Fruit of all Your labor is “considered worthless” ( labor pay in US has been flat for 40-years) and your taxes go to war Industries! They are special and are Entitled, while you the peasant are made to labor for their profit. Congratulations, America … You`re the FAT kid with the Sucker in the School Yard.

    You people really need to learn how to fight back.

  • Sparticus

    Oh, and Kids … If you want your Freedom and a BIG, FAT pay raise, instead of Joining the military and getting a boot up your backside to murder slaves, learn to gather your numbers, recruit, and put 1-million soldiers on Wall Street, Close the Exchanges, then the future belongs to YOU.

    Anything you want on a Golden platter: Universal Healthcare, Basic Income, Living Wages … Easy. However, if you do nothing; Wall Street will EAT Everything! They will have no mercy until you are homeless and starving in the street. Learn from History and stop being the Victim.

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  • turb0diesel

    “Thank you for your service to the Empire.”

    That is the intellectually honest way to honor our servicemen and women.

  • Black Swan

    ” War is therefore the balancing of the system by killing the true creditors, the Public, which we have taught to exchange true value for inflated currency and falling back on whatever is left of the resources of nature and regeneration of those resources.” Silent Weapns for Quiet Wars pg. 9