Monday, November 8, 2010

Veterans Day through the eyes of a disillusioned and newly retired soldier


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Veterans Day 2010 Will Include One Newly Retired Soldier, Disillusioned And Disgusted By The Politicization Of The Armed Forces And The Battles They Wage On All Of Our Behalf's

The following letter (thanks to BLACKFIVE for the heads up) was written by a newly retired Air Force Major, Mike Banzet. In it, he describes how his career in the military was on an upward trajectory with a promotion on the horizon to lieutenant colonel, when, after 22 years, he became disillusioned and disgusted by the politicization of national security, war and even death. As a result he retired mere days before Election Day.

The leaders of our nation, led by the commander-in-chief, are tasked with keeping Americans safe from those who would wish to harm us. To turn this task into a means to try and earn political points is as despicable as it is dangerous. Not only to those of us who are safe and sound at home, but particularly for those who are squarely in harms way. Below is a short excerpt from the letter written by Major Banzet, with a link to the entire thing. It is a must read, and a warning to those in Washington who would turn the realities of war into a political football.

Why I Quit by Mike Banzet

"...You’ve elected officials who, for partisan points, spoke openly that the “…war is lost.” I happened to be in a dining facility in Baghdad that day, filled with the (mostly) young faces of (mostly) Army men and women. CNN was on the TVs, and things got very quiet when this elected official continued on, railing that the mission that some of these very people were here to do, had “…failed.” Yet, they would be donning their body armor, strapping on med kits and weapons, mounting HMMVs or MRAPs and heading outside the wire, ensuring that the newborn democracy in Iraq, purchased with so many lives, would be safe another night. The newly re-invigorated insurgents would be waiting, teeth bared back in a hateful smile, gripping the IED detonator, the RPG launcher, or the AK-47s to ply their trade with new energy, because the Senate Majority Leader had said they were winning.
You elected officials who continually defame and berate military members..."
For the entire letter from The Daily Inter Lake, please click this link.

1 comment :

  1. Wars are mostly lost (and created) by politicians & not the soldiers on the battlefield. If we 'lost' Iraq/Afghanistan & VietNam then blame the politicians that the people elected