Skip to comments.The VA Scandal is Just the Tip of the Military Abuse Iceberg
Posted on 05/28/2014 4:48:53 AM PDT by Kaslin
resident Obama held a press conference last week to express his outrage over reports that the Veterans Administration was routinely delaying treatment to veterans, with some veterans even dying while on alleged secret waiting lists. The president said that, "if these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period." He vowed that, together with Congress, he would "make sure we're doing right by our veterans across the board."
The president is right to be upset over the mistreatment of US military veterans, especially those who return home with so many physical and mental injuries. Veterans should not be abused when they seek the treatment promised them when they enlisted. But his outrage over military abuse is selective. He ignores the most egregious abuse of the US armed forces: sending them off to fight, become maimed, and die in endless conflicts overseas that have no connection to US national security.
It is ironic that the same week the president condemned the alleged mistreatment of veterans by the VA, he announced that he was sending 80 armed troops to Chad to help look for a group of girls kidnapped by the Nigerian Islamist organization Boko Haram. Is there any mistreatment worse than sending the US military into a violent and unstable part of the world to conduct a search operation that is in no way connected to the defense of the United States?
As Judge Andrew Napolitano said last week, "Feeling sorry for somebody is not a sufficient basis for sending American men and women into harm's way."
We are naturally upset over reports that Nigerian girls have been kidnapped by this armed Islamist organization. Unfortunately, cruel and unjust acts are committed worldwide on a regular basis. What the media is not reporting about this terrible situation, however, is that it was US interventionism itself that strengthened Boko Haram, and inadvertently may have even helped the kidnappers commit their crime.
Back in early 2012, just months after the US-led attack on Libya overthrew Gaddafi and plunged the country into chaos, the UN issued a report warning about the proliferation of weapons from that bombed out country. UN investigators found -- eight months before the attack that killed the US ambassador in Benghazi -- that, "Some of the weapons ... could be sold to terrorist groups like al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Boko Haram or other criminal organizations."
The US, NATO, and the UN are guilty of creating the unrest currently engulfing much of northern Africa, as they all pushed lies to promote an attack on Libya that destabilized the region. Now the president is launching an intervention in Chad and Nigeria to solve the problems created by his own intervention in Libya. This pattern is the same in places like Ukraine, where the US-backed coup in February has led to chaos and unrest that leads to even more intervention, including NATO's saber-rattling on the Russian border. Has anyone in the Administration or Congress ever considered that interventionism itself might be the real problem?
In the wake of Memorial Day, we should remember that though the VA's alleged abuse and neglect of US veterans is scandalous, the worse abuse comes from a president and a compliant Congress that send the US military to cause harm and be harmed overseas in undeclared, unnecessary, and illegal interventions. The best way to honor the US military is to honor the Constitution, and to keep in mind the wise advice of our Founding Fathers to avoid all foreign interventionism.
Ron Paul actually hits this one out of the park.
And he reveals more details about Benghazi while doing it.
It’s a sad thing what’s happening to Christians in the Sudan and Nigeria at the hands of muslims (can we dispense with the ‘moderate muslim’ fantasy?).
Do we send the Delta Force against the Sudanese prison where Meriam Ibrahim is imprisoned and sentenced to be hanged? We could get her, her family, some of our own military, and assorted military and civilian Sudanese killed. A blood free rescue would be unlikely. And even then, the muslims would seek the blood of her extended family out of revenge. And we know they would.
Sometimes oppression plants the seeds of its own demise. Sometimes others aren’t inclined to deal with places that are so deadly that mere whim of a muslim mob can get you killed.
And sometimes God directly intervenes.
“if these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period.”
White House Web page: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. ... If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
... he announced that he was sending 80 armed troops to Chad to help look for a group of girls kidnapped by the Nigerian Islamist organization Boko Harum”
Meanwhile, a U.S. Marine being held in a Mexican prison for making a wrong turn is ignored.
Not only is the wrong turn guy ignored, but so is the fact that if one Mexican makes a wrong turn here, weapons or not, he is not put into jail.
and he can march around with a Mexican flag, can drive drunk and make demands, enjoying better treatment than our own vets.
How is this ignored?
My fellow Marine brother in Mexico is being hung out to dry because our current President wants to discourage private ownership of firearms. Their message is, “If he didn’t have those guns, he wouldn’t be in prison!”
I would bet my left nut that Holder and Obama have sat in the Oval Office and actually discussed letting this guy rot down there - just to save face with the nut-job, anti-gun Dems & Liberals! Hell, I would bet BOTH nuts that this conversation has occurred!
The regime hates the military and the country they defend.
If we grabbed a couple of Federales the next time they cross the border (inadvertently or not), how long do you think our Marine would be in Mexico?
It’s not good
Ron Paul is a fool to believe that he really cares beyond maintaining the appearance of outrage.
You got that right
The Marine is not important