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Pentagon get’s Rid of Valuable Program

May 6, 2009

Simply amazing.  Now the truth comes out from the Washington Times:

In a highly unusual reversal, the Defense Department’s inspector general’s office has withdrawn a report it issued in January exonerating a Pentagon public relations program that made extensive use of retired officers who worked as military analysts for television and radio networks.

Nothing is deemed “unusual”.  There is a purpose for everything.  Now I understand why there are so many “anti military” stories out there with bad information:

The inspector general’s office began investigating the public relations program last year, in response to articles in The New York Times that exposed an extensive and largely hidden Pentagon campaign to transform network military analysts into “surrogates” and “message force multipliers” for the Bush administration. The articles also showed how military analysts with ties to defense contractors sometimes used their special access to seek advantage in the competition for contracts related to Iraq and Afghanistan.

They make everything so political when in all actuality politics has nothing to do with it.  It’s about morale. It’s about our values. It’s about motivation. It’s about patriotism and the ability to be proud, not just proud of what you do, but to have pride doing it. It’s about standing behind those who do a job we get sent by our own administration.  But even more it’s about facts and questioning the purpose behind back door attacks against your own military. But yet based on this article and the fact that the program in question no longer exist.  My question is why no one is fighting this. I pay attention to everything because one day I will transition from the military to the civilian world.  And one thing I see is the constant attacks that go unnoticed.  There is nothing I dislike more than bad information reported in a way to make us look bad and have to sit there and just damn take it.  Silence is agreement.

They will fight to be able to be at Dover to see us brought back in flag draped caskets, while fighting constantly to ensure we have just the bare minimum when it comes to funds as if we can’t read or hear what they say and how they really feel on CSPAN as they get up there to cut any and everything because of that word they hate to hear “war”. But yet they refuse to get out there and explain the need or justify the necessity because it goes directly against the views of “there base.  But yet everyone wants to be in a phot op with us to show that they “support the troops”. 

However, everyone get’s representation out there except for us. I have sent countless emails and so many know it asking why no one will ever ask where these questions or go on the record stating that certain information wasn’t true. Nothing.  Before this article, I honestly believed that some just literally don’t care or otherwise occupied. Because nothing can make me understand why anyone would be party to lowering the morale and attempting to degrade the same ones some claim to support.  That is the reason why I blog military issues and politics because they go hand in hand in my opinion and these people dictate our lives and career.  There choices and decisions can literally mean life or death for us so yes, I am going to pay attention and remain involved because we have the right to have our voices heard. But even more we deserve the right to have representation just like anyone else. In order to be a 21st century military we have to remain moving forward while doing away with the old ways of the past.

It is unfair and I cannot believe the Pentagon would be party to stripping this away.  Our communities are part of this country as well. No one ask for special priviledges. No one asks for special favors.  Just the ability to ensure someone has our back as we are overseas or even in garrison doing the job that we have been tasked to do.  It’s ironic.  You see everyone stating how they should have *diversity* as everyone state how it’s there *turn* to have a voice with the Souter pick.  You have the hispanic community wanting there chance.  Women stating there should be another *female* justice, on and on.  Everyone has a valid reason for why someone should be representing them and people agree.

They take care of everyone but we are always left out to fend for ourselves while not allowing anyone to have a voice. But yet again when it comes to *representation* for just the basic ability and chance to have advocates to beat back on this anti military narrative we get, nothing. Why, why would anyone in the House or even the Senate look the other way? And yes, I can state that because I have been asking this question for a very long time.  Do they even understand how easy it is for terrorists to get there agenda and idealogy out there to slam us in the MSM when they allow any and everyone to say whatever without even once asking for evidence to support there claim?

How long will they make us have to sit here and just take every single hit thrown our way? Will they waite to the point when everyone develops a “I dont care” attitude because someone feels this administration is against them?  How motivated would you be if you see more consideration for rights given to detainees and those who would wipe our ass of the face of the map if given the chance be treated as if we are the ones who are wrong? Yes, I am sorry, some things are worth fighting for and I cannot excuse anyone military or otherwise not fighting for this.

They are FAILING us if they allow politics to dictate this situation. They ruin morale, steal motivation and take away the ability to be secure enough to transition or even do there job.  They actually had our benefits on the table. I don’t care about “D”s or “R”s they should of never even been an option.  Would of been a distant memory and they would of moved forward if not for the alarm that went up in regards to it. I will always side with my military and those who support us. It gave me a stepping stone that allowed me to achieve the goals I set for myself and I serve with a greatful heart. Despite the fact that right now I am in the WTB or that I may not be able to do the things that I used to but what short comings I have, I make up with heart and perserverance.  I will always side with the military and those who support us no matter color, gender or party.

But whoever stopped this program is dead wrong and for once, the one thing I try to never do is allow personal viewpoints to cloud my judgement.   Although on this, I am unable too. On this, I call foul. I think about all of the times I talked to various soldiers and spouses asking why no one will set the record straight or push back on false stories just to find out that a program that they used to have at the Pentagon no longer exists. And the reason for it is because if they allowed it to continue to have military surrogates, bullshit stories like Seymour Hersch could of had someone else with knowledge and experience call them out for it. Someone WANTS these false stories to play out in the court of public opinion and it does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out.  They won’t defend there military, but they will defend terrorists like Bill Ayers: 

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Last but not least, the anti-military crowd. The people who will write a story attacking the military, there military, who  will side with any organization out there that spins a story to make the armed forces look badly.  These individuals will utilize any information at there fingertips to smear our name and our leaders.  All because they transcribe to the belief that its not duty, flag and country, but  “political party, step on the flag, and just straight screw the country”.  On November 4th, I made a promise that I intend to keep. They will see these words again. Every attack, written slur and hateful video. Good luck with 2010 and 2012.  From the number 2 soldier bashing blog on the web, guaranteed to find some of the worst references and comments directed towards us:

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This administration does not deserve to lead this military. Yes, let me state it again.  They. Do. Not. Deserve. to even stand in the same room, and breath the air we breath whatsoever. Why? You would promote a inaccurate story such as this when we have soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. You would promote a inaccurate story such as this to give the fucking enemy the heart and will to fight against us because of some percieved insult towards individuals whose religion is the foundation of there life?  A ten year old could tell you that this is a dangerous accusation to make.

Silence means agreement. THIS is why we need individuals out there. Because when no one disputes this, it gives the perception of truth. Unbelievable.  They need to get down on there knees and apologize to every spouse, friend, family member of every individual deployed for placing there loved one in danger. They might as well put a big X on everyone’s back. The damage is done and this is unforgiveable and whoever is responsible for this story needs to be held accountable. This is not about politics. This is about LIFE and not a game, nor is this a “I am sorry” moment. It’s like some want something bad to happen and I just dont get this.  Our surrogates and advocates no matter what letter is behind there name need to protect us against this before people start getting killed.  Religion is a major part of there life and to ensenuate something like this without facts need to be investigated before someone believes them to be true:

 

    •  again, where, oh where is Wes Clark??? (3+ / 0-)

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      Gary Norton, possum, Shaviv

      I don’t have a clue why a progressive 4-star like Clark, a fierce opponent of this religious warrior stereotype horsepucky, and a national resource, IMO, is left on the sidelines for these fights.

      Thanks for this. We need lots, lots, lots more exposure of the military being used as an arm of the (irony alert) ‘christian’ warriors!

      Fear is the mind-killer – Frank Herbert, Dune

      by p gorden lippy on Wed May 06, 2009 at 07:35:26 AM PDT

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  •  How about a new rule? (2+ / 0-)

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    Shaviv, watershed

    If you are a member of the U.S. military, and you engage in proselytization on behalf of a religion or religious organization while in uniform and/or on active duty, you will be summarily discharged with pay one grade below the last you earned.

  •  21st century Crusaders (2+ / 0-)

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    Gary Norton, Shaviv

    What the heck. Worked out so well in that part of the world a thousand years ago…

    The two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen. —- Bob Lemon

    by miamiboats on Wed May 06, 2009 at 07:38:28 AM PDT

     

    •  Different (0+ / 0-)

      The crusaders weren’t terrifically interested in converting their enemies, only in taking their fortresses and lands.  The point of the crusades wasn’t to make Muslims into Christians — the crusaders in fact tolerated a wide variety of faiths under their rule — but to assert Christian (specifically, Roman Catholic) ownership of the sites holy to Christianity.

      Widespread dedication to conversion was a mark not of crusading but of colonialism, and of a latter stage (post-Reformation/Counter-Reformation) of colonialism as well.  Although efforts at conversion in colonized countries were made from the 16th century on, they got their biggest boost in the 19th century with the rise to power of evangelical Christians in the U.K. — coincident with the development of Victorian morality.  These chaplains are reasonably regarded more as neo-Victorians than as crusaders.

  •  You know what bothers me the most about that (1+ / 0-)

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    marina

    first video?

    For people who say they are Christians, they are treating those Bibles with an awful lot of disrespect.  I bet you they wont put a Bible written in English on the ground like that…

    Maybe that is just it: They disrespect it BECAUSE it is not in their language, but in the language of those ‘darker skinned’ people.

    They are not true Christians, who live by the VALUES of Christianity, values of Respect, Dignity, Honesty, Honour, etc.

    They are Christians in NAME only, and what they are doing is extremely disrespectful, and damages the image of Christians, and of Americans.  Not to mention the danger they are putting the other troops in with their idiocy.

    ~shakes head and sigh

    “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of every good Government” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by watershed on Wed May 06, 2009 at 07:44:36 AM PDT

     

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  1. Alice Paul permalink
    May 7, 2009 11:35 am

    Stands up and applauds you!! This year with the caucus frauds and the lies and cheating of our own party will not have it’s history rewritten to suit certain “ones” They did it, now they can own it. They have to because we aren’t going to lie for them. History was stolen…and not for the greater good. Thanks for writing this stellar example of dedication and honor. You stick with those who show you what they are made of. I will too. I was honored to vote for her and would do it again in a heartbeat…and she’s about the ONLY one in that party who showed what asses they really could be that I would vote for anymore.

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