Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Breaking the Contract

There is an implied contract between the American people and our military. Between the troops and the people and between the troops and the president.
That contract involves the voluntary sacrifice of the exercise of one's unalienable rights to serve in the armed forces of this nation. That sacrifice is necessary to make our military the best it can be.

In return, our troops expect that we, the American people, will maintain the republic and support them in their efforts to keep us safe. They also expect the president to have enough concern for their lives and their sacrifices to not put them in harm's way unnecessarily.

To our everlasting shame and sorrow, that contract has been broken. Not by the troops, they have kept their part, serving and dying at the orders of the individual currently occupying the office of the commander in chief. The contract has been broken by the American people and the individual currently occupying the office of the president of the United States.

The people have allowed the election and elevation of a usurper to the office of the president and they have not removed that usurper, creating a Constitutional crisis in the republic. The consequences of that are bad enough. But that is not the only breach of that contract.

The contract has been breached, and that egregiously so, by that individual occupying the office of the president. Among other breaches, he ceded the command of our troops to NATO in the recent Libyan uprisings.

That grant of authority is directly responsible for the meat of today's post and tomorrow's show. Now, the republic of Afghanistan is confirming that "NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible."
To what incident does this refer? The quran burning incident that took place in the Bagram airbase. From my reading, the situation is this: Prisoners at the Bagram prison were using the quran to pass messages to one another. They would do this by writing in the qurans. writing in a quran, by sharia standards is considered a desecration of that quran. So these prisoners desecrated qurans to pass messages to one another. When our military personnel found out, they took the qurans and burned them. This resulted in protests in which 2 of our servicemen were killed.

So, NATO has agreed to put US military troops on trial to appease the Afghan people, for essentially doing their jobs. In addition, NATO has agreed that Afghanistan will now provide the personnel for the Bagram prison.

This is so wrong, for so many reasons.

First and foremost, our military is made up of free American citizens. Citizens who voluntarily give up the exercise of certain of their unalienable rights and agree to be governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice(UCMJ) to serve in our military. They do this to protect this nation from threats. THIS nation, not to be the police force of the world. They sign up to serve under the administration of the commander in chief, NOT to be handed over to some foreign entity to fight and die for them. They agree to be governed by the UCMJ, NOT the rules and regs of NATO and certainly not the legal code of Afghanistan.

Will these soldiers-the guards and personnel at Bagram prison be tried under the UCMJ, the Regs of NATO or the laws of Afghanistan? Because at least one of those will be a death sentence. (Don't give me "if they are convicted" of course they will be convicted, their ostensible CiC as well as a high ranking officer have been falling all over themselves to apologize for the "incident")

The command of our military should NEVER have been turned over to NATO in Libya and NATO should not have any jurisdiction over our troops now. They agreed to serve under the UCMJ and if they are to be charged, then their own CiC should be busting every rule in the book to get every single one of those men back to the states to make sure that such is the case. Instead, he is apologizing left and right. This is a breach of contract. This man is not fit to hold the position of CiC, he has ceded it formally at least once to a foreign entity and he is now leaving American troops hanging in the wind, possibly to be killed for doing their job by disposing of already desecrated qurans that were being used by our enemies to pass messages.

Second, this would allow Afghan soldiers into Bagram airbase. Perhaps I am misjudging the Afghan people, but who else thinks there will be no further need for the prisoners to use qurans to pass messages if this comes to pass?

Third, the sitting CiC has already prejudiced any case that will be brought against our soldiers by issuing an apology to the Afghan people that acknowledges the burning of the quran by these soldiers but does not make any mention of why it was done.

Do I really need to go on? Call your federal legislators. And when you have done that, give the folks on this list a call too.

Call the President
Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Ms. Pelosi :
Office of the Democratic Leader
H-204, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0100

Mr. Cantor:
Office of the Majority Leader
H-329, The Capitol
House of Representatives
P: 202.225.4000

Mr. Boehner:
Speaker of the House
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
P (202) 225-0600
F (202) 225-5117

Harry Reid:
Senate Majority Leader
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3542
Fax: 202-224-7327
Toll Free for Nevadans:
1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343)

Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499

"For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed." ~ Isaiah 9:16

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