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Why I quit... Desert Storm vet explains decision to leave Air Force after 22 years
Daily Inter Lake ^ | 11/7/10 | By MIKE BANZET

Posted on 11/07/2010 7:52:26 AM PST by Nachum

I never expected to write this letter, but my Mom e-mailed me to get information about my career for a writeup on Veterans Day, and as this is the first such holiday in 22 years when I will not be on active duty, I felt compelled to let you know why I decided to quit.

Quit is a strong word, I know. Everyone I’ve talked to has repeated that I’ve had a marvelous career and that I’ve retired with honor. Maybe that’s true on paper; I guess that it’s reflected by the record. But that’s not how I feel. I feel like I’ve quit. And because I’m not a quitter, I feel I have to explain why — not that anyone is asking, but because perhaps they don’t know to ask.

Quit is a strong word, I know. Everyone I’ve talked to has repeated that I’ve had a marvelous career and that I’ve retired with honor. Maybe that’s true on paper; I guess that it’s reflected by the record. But that’s not how I feel. I feel like I’ve quit. And because I’m not a quitter, I feel I have to explain why — not that anyone is asking, but because perhaps they don’t know to ask.

Briefly, my career had been a representation of the promise of this country. Starting out on the lowest rung of the rank ladder as an F-4G Wild Weasel crew chief, continuing on F-16s and the F-117A Stealth fighter in Desert Storm, then a small part of Desert Fox as a nuclear Maintenance Officer and finally a pilot that took part in numerous deployments in Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailyinterlake.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: banzet; desert; mikebanzet; military; quit; storm; vet
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1 posted on 11/07/2010 7:52:31 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

This man should run for office.


2 posted on 11/07/2010 7:55:37 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: Nachum
Wow!

God Bless his service to our country.

Happy Veteran's Day, Lt. Col. Banetz!

3 posted on 11/07/2010 7:58:15 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Nachum

Applause


4 posted on 11/07/2010 7:59:22 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Nachum

Amen, Major. (I personally am embarrassed that my Commission is from Jimmah Carter.) Why risk everything for the resident who won’t/can’t show his birth certificate and loves to blame good people for the problems of the world and the problems of racism?

The dim college students who think they know everything, laugh at everything, sleep with everything, snort everything, respect nothing and their pied piper professors in their Prius cars who look down on normal family life and praise leaving it all for a dive trip to Tahiti?

Really we live in a pagan society.

Twenty two years, however IS a full career. Retire. You aren’t quitting. But keep fighting. Don’t let the thing go. Fight to the death. The idea is greater than the fleshly louts who denigrate it.

Better dead than red.


5 posted on 11/07/2010 8:00:41 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Nachum

Too much in there to comment on! EVERYONE should read this!


6 posted on 11/07/2010 8:01:30 AM PST by MestaMachine (Farrago fatigans! - Thuffering thuccotash!)
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To: Nachum

Yep - He quit.


7 posted on 11/07/2010 8:01:44 AM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Decriminalize crime! Empty the prisons! Anything less is racist genocide!)
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To: Nachum

Everyone hit the link, read the whole thing.

Wow. Just wow.


8 posted on 11/07/2010 8:02:08 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Nachum

Wow- he certainly lays the blame at the feet of those repsonsible- we, the people. Excellent letter- thanks for posting.


9 posted on 11/07/2010 8:03:34 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Northern Yankee
Mike Banzet, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, is a 1986 graduate of Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana.
10 posted on 11/07/2010 8:04:28 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Nachum

BTTT


11 posted on 11/07/2010 8:05:03 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Nachum

After 22 years, isn’t this more like deciding to retire?


12 posted on 11/07/2010 8:06:26 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Yep... I see that now. He was in line for a definite promote to Lt. Col.

Hell... I'd give it to him. He makes more sense than most of those oddballs in congress.

13 posted on 11/07/2010 8:08:24 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Nachum
Initiating E-Mail distribution mechanisms...
14 posted on 11/07/2010 8:08:51 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: lady lawyer
This man should run for office.

My first thought, too. Really hits home when he writes that WE as citizens have a responsibility to uphold the constitution, too.

15 posted on 11/07/2010 8:09:15 AM PST by azishot
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To: Nachum

I couldn’t have said it any better myself.Way to go Major.


16 posted on 11/07/2010 8:09:50 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Nachum

How can we fail with men like this on our side?


17 posted on 11/07/2010 8:10:00 AM PST by Ben Mugged (War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.)
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To: Nachum

Thank you Nachum. Another great find.


18 posted on 11/07/2010 8:10:14 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Nachum

Just wow.


19 posted on 11/07/2010 8:16:14 AM PST by jazminerose
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To: Nachum

Thank you for your many years of service to this great Nation! And this letter is yet more service, and thank you for that, too. It is not pleasant to hear, but one of the many things our Nation NEEDS to hear, AND take to heart.

Also Happy Veteran’s Day, Lt. Col. Banetz!


20 posted on 11/07/2010 8:17:30 AM PST by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Nachum
It's hard to repair the car while your driving it...sometimes you have to stop, and get out, to fix it.

Congratulations on your 22 years, it's a lifetime of service to your country.
21 posted on 11/07/2010 8:18:12 AM PST by FrankR (REPEAL Obamacare, or we'll vote you outta' there....)
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To: FrankR

Oops...your=you’re


22 posted on 11/07/2010 8:19:01 AM PST by FrankR (REPEAL Obamacare, or we'll vote you outta' there....)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba
“Yep - He quit.”

In a sense maybe, but only he is entitled to label himself that way.

To a lesser degree I felt that way myself when I retired at the end of Clinton's term. In many ways I can not imagine serving under Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

I don't see it as quitting. I think it is just time to serve our family and local community rather than the monster created by our country's progressives. They built it, they own it, let them figure out how to protect it.

At this point I am more concerned about protecting my family.

23 posted on 11/07/2010 8:22:01 AM PST by Max_850
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To: Nachum

Thank you for your service, Major. We tried to right some of the wrongs you list on November 2. We’ll keep working - we owe you no less.


24 posted on 11/07/2010 8:23:34 AM PST by trimom
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To: Nachum

Sounds like a FReeper.


25 posted on 11/07/2010 8:23:57 AM PST by elc
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To: Nachum

The real truth from someone out on the sharp tip of the spear.


26 posted on 11/07/2010 8:27:55 AM PST by Free in Texas (Let them eat bacon!)
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To: Nachum
Thank You for this excellent post!
All Americans are indebted to Major Mike Banetz.
His insight into the state of our nation
needs no addition words, other than Thank You,
Major Mike Banetz for your duty to your oath.
27 posted on 11/07/2010 8:28:42 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform)
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To: Nachum

Now I want to cry. Thank you, Major, for your service.


28 posted on 11/07/2010 8:28:42 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Nachum

Some time ago a friend pondered whether,though retired,he needed to officially rescind the oath or risk legal consequences...


29 posted on 11/07/2010 8:31:01 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: Nachum

Probably already viral and read by millions.

As it should be.

Semper Fi,


30 posted on 11/07/2010 8:31:20 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (All sweat, no equity)
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To: Ben Mugged

in his article is the answer to your question.


31 posted on 11/07/2010 8:32:12 AM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Nachum
Nations fall because a privileged, cancerous part of their people become unworthy of support or protection and cannot be removed from the society. The degenerates will never risk themselves to defend the nation, and when others will not, conscripted or otherwise, it is over.

Mike's essay is merely a symptom of the impending disaster.

32 posted on 11/07/2010 8:33:08 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Nachum

I love American Men like Mike Banzet, and I’m so grateful for his service. I pray all the time that our troops will be protected from (among MANY other things) discouragement but Banzet lays it all out the way I’ve always imagined it - serving in a war and finding out all the ways your own country is electing traitors, commies, & community organizers, et al, based on their redistributive Marxist b.s.


33 posted on 11/07/2010 8:34:08 AM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: Nachum

My miltary career began with the Cuban Missle Crisis and ended after two tours in OIF. I concur completely with this gentlemans letter.


34 posted on 11/07/2010 8:35:27 AM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: Nachum; jazusamo
Great find, thanks Nachum.

Jaz - pass this along, Major Banzet has it cold:


35 posted on 11/07/2010 8:36:54 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: jesseam

You are awesome jesseam! Thank you for your service. I am so grateful.


36 posted on 11/07/2010 8:37:55 AM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: Navy Patriot
Notice the "cancerous" areas of our Country:


37 posted on 11/07/2010 8:39:01 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: MonicaG

Thanks, I consider serving in the military to be an incredible honor


38 posted on 11/07/2010 8:46:46 AM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: Nachum

He’s right but I am, we are not part of the electorate that he speaks of. It’s a heavy responsibility that we take absolutely seriously and yet, there are people who would trade this privilege for free cigs, food or tickets to a ballgame.
______________________________________________________
George Washington said:
“A primary object...should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing...than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
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The electorate he speaks of in this letter was not educated; only in hate and jealousy if anything. This is what we have to somehow overcome. Many of our fellow conservatives will be gone when 2012 rolls around.


39 posted on 11/07/2010 8:51:44 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: Outlaw Woman
Notice the "cancerous" areas of our Country

I understand your point.

How much cancer can your body survive without cutting it out or killing the cancerous part?

40 posted on 11/07/2010 8:53:57 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: lady lawyer

My first thought as well.


41 posted on 11/07/2010 8:56:30 AM PST by agrace
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To: azishot

And remember, the ‘’secret agents’’ are our ‘’soldiers’’ too, and note, it is the democRATS who continually expose, stab them in the back and try to get as many killed as possibile.


42 posted on 11/07/2010 9:01:35 AM PST by Waco (From Seward to Sarah)
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To: Nachum

I retired at 22 years just after Clinton took office and have never regretted it. A lot my contemporaries retired for the same reasons. I thought that serving under Carter was bad until Clinton came along. Now, I don’t think I could have held out too long with der Fuehrer in power.

Enjoy retirement.


43 posted on 11/07/2010 9:04:14 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Nachum
I think everyone in all services branches should "quit" until we can install an American President.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

44 posted on 11/07/2010 9:05:05 AM PST by The Comedian (I really missed you. Next time, I'll adjust for windage.)
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To: DTogo
After 22 years, isn’t this more like deciding to retire?

You wouldn't have to ask that question if you'd actually click on the link and read what he has to say.

45 posted on 11/07/2010 9:06:16 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba; Max_850
“Yep - He quit.”

Did you expect him to continue to serve under such detriment?

46 posted on 11/07/2010 9:09:32 AM PST by NoGrayZone (This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order. - PJ O'Rourke)
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To: arasina

I did, and my question still stands. He’s not “quitting” so much as retiring with the feeling of a knife in his back...


47 posted on 11/07/2010 9:10:33 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: jesseam

Thank you for your selfless service. Without people like you, we would not be the America we are....well used to be.

I don’t want to be to hopeful, but it seems like we the people have finally woken up. I include myself in that silent majority. I used to be quiet, uninformed and uninvolved.

Much has changed. I got a taste of being a lazy a$$ American and I don’t like the bitter pill I was forced to swallow because of my own damn “keep out of it, they know better”.

I will never “sleep” again.


48 posted on 11/07/2010 9:15:58 AM PST by NoGrayZone (This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order. - PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Max_850
I decided to op out after being told that even though I qualified for a shot at a warrant commission,
I would have to wait till at least 3 'minority' candidates got in line ahead of me...
49 posted on 11/07/2010 9:20:42 AM PST by 45semi (If Islamicists possessed anthrax, do you doubt that they would have used it on us?)
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To: RJS1950

Do you think it would be possible to obtain a list of personnel who resigned and publicly cited this administration as the cause?

I would like to publish a running number. Mind you, I don’t wish to get anyone in trouble, but I think it would be a useful tool for the 2011 elections.


50 posted on 11/07/2010 9:23:02 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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