Skip to comments.Vets and Active Duty personnel Gary D. Barnett needs a good Freeping
Posted on 03/31/2011 5:02:49 PM PDT by robowombat
I posted this earlier on the Blog page but thought Vets and active duty military personnel and just other Americans would find this of interest. Mr. Barnett needs a lot of communications to shake his smug universe.
The Lew Rockwell site is disliked ,correctly, for a number of reasons here. However, I have found that many of the posters such as Tom Wood are gentlemen and will discuss substantive disagreements in a civil and even friendly fashion. But there are those whose combination of abuseness and vulgarity particularly towards the armed forces merit slamming. One such is Mr Gary Barnett, who appears to live a comfortable life in Montana and enjoys vilifying the armed forces.
Today he posted 'Orders From On High Obeyed by Military!' I suggest every vet and member of the active forces and reserves and guard read his feculent screed at http://www.lewrockwell.com/barnett/barnett31.1.html
I would suggest it be read carefully a couple times and a suitable reply be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Barnett may simply think he is a very smart fellow and is engaging in good politics and having some fun at the same time. This is not the case with bile such as this (a direct quote from this column):
The United States is currently in three unconstitutional and unholy wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. U.S. troops are also causing havoc and killing innocents in several other countries as well, and threatening even more. But are any orders being ignored or disobeyed? Of course not! Not only are these gruesome orders to war against those who have never harmed us being followed, but they are being followed with gusto. Just consider recent reports of cold-blooded murder and mutilations of innocent Afghans by U.S. troops who are called "kill squads." These arent the only atrocities being committed by U.S. soldiers, just the latest in a brutal string of events that are seemingly never-ending.
Acts of terrorism perpetrated against other countries by the U.S. military and its willing and parasitic order takers in uniform are being spread like wildfire, and the orders keep coming and the killing continues. Just today this story titled "Lejeune Marines prepare to deploy off Libyan coast" appeared out of North Carolina. Camp Lejeune Marines were given orders to go to Libya, and they accepted those orders with pride, and offered no questions as to the justness of the cause.
The wife of Sergeant Lewis Cochran, a Marine being deployed to Libya, said she "is confident her Marine is prepared for the mission." Sgt. Cochran said, "Whatever the president decides, hes ready. My Marines, all the Marines the whole PLT is ready to go." This kind of statement and sentiment of course is common, and is telling of the mindset of those willing to do anything they are told to do regardless of the moral implications. This willing behavior is pathetic in nature, and serves no purpose other than to help those in power advance their wickedness. This literally sickens me! I believe exactly as did Herbert Spencer when he said:
"When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I dont care if they are shot themselves."
The bottom line is depressing. We now live in a country where wars of aggression, occupation, torture, and murder against those who never attacked or harmed us is common. These wars are now started on the say so of one man, and those under his command follow his orders to the letter. These orders are unquestioned by not only the officers in the military and their vassals in uniform, but by the congress and by most Americans. How could we have arrived at such a depraved state of existence? How can most of our society stand by and watch the slaughter of millions of innocent people; these acts of horror done in their name?
Many who commit horrible deeds have excused these acts by simply saying, "I was just following orders." This is an empty excuse, and has been used in the past to give cover for some of the most heinous crimes of mankind. Most of those crimes were carried out in the name of war, and those willing to prosecute those unjust wars are just as responsible as those who start them. Guilty all those who purposely participate in these heinous crimes against mankind, every damn one of you!"
This sort of vilification merits a concentrated barrage of responses. This person is vile and what he preaches is evil. Perhaps a few hundred e-mails might actually jolt him in his complacent and self rigtheous cocoon.
Those who wish to coordinate such an e-mail campaign are encouraged to respond to me. The responses should be direct and cogent without bewing verbally abuseive and profane as this only confirms such smug egotists in their own high view of their rectitude.
This man needs to be confronted for the tenor of his remarks vis-a-vis the armed forces. Those serving in Afghanistan or Iraq can be very telling in confronting this sort of person.
It is a short, passioned ..scree. He does raise good, common, fundamental questions that always should be raised about blind obedience.
Anyone familiar with military history wouldn’t be upset with the gist of what he is attempting. However, his article is poorly and emotionally written, and grossly untrue. He doesn’t do his argument, such as it is, any favors. Others have written much better. Good that is is short. It’s a waste of time.