Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why Is Petraeus Not In Prison?

Look at this young soldier who fought for America, or at least that is what he was told.

The military is debating whether to prosecute soldiers who attempt suicide.    Well, that I suppose is one way to try to crack down on the activity.  Another would be to stop lying to young men that they are defending America in these optional, elective wars for oil.

Last year, the 301 known military suicides accounted for 20 percent of U.S. military deaths. From 2001 to August 2012, the U.S. military counted 2,676 suicides.

Here is the general he served, pinning the second highest military award on Ms. Kelley for services rendered the services.

Here is the same general, with another army officer, married to another, a graduate of West Point.

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He admitted to adultery with this other officer.  There are other officers in prison for precisely what these two have done.  Why are these two officers not in prison?  The fact that they are not heading to prison guarantees that we'll see more of this.  Just like when Americal Division officers were not prosecuted for My Lai, we've continuing USA war crimes.

Congress confirms who gets to become generals.  This is the fault of congress. We expect our generals to have scruples.  The top military brass must have thought we said screwpals.

Pretend wars are fun because they are safe.  Except for the soldiers.  Another good general, whose name rhymes with Petraeus, lost 2/3rds of his soldiers at Stalingrad.  Then Paulus surrendered.  He would not commit suicide because it was a sin. Of his 100,000 surviving soldiers, less than 5,000 made it back home to Germany after the war.  But 23 of the 24 German generals who surrendered made it back home after the war. The generals lived in style. Professional courtesy among professional soldiers.

This is what we get with a standing "professional" army.  When we get rid of that in USA, and get down to only citizen defense, we'll be far safer, like the Swiss during WWII.

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