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America’s Heroes also Work in Fire Departments, Hospitals and Public Schools

Gen. Kelly needs to zip it

Gen. Kelly, for his shameless libeling of Rep. Wilson, ought to do penance by taking a leave of absence from his White House job and try teaching a semester of introductory algebra in a Camden, NJ school, or working as a nurse’s aide at Chicago’s Cook County hospital. Better yet, after a little basic training, he should join a local fire department, and after a few months of rushing into burning buildings to look for trapped victims, he can see how he feels about singling out soldiers as deserving our special and unquestioning support as they fight secret wars that we American citizens are not supposed to ask questions about…unless according to this general we happen to be Gold Star family members who’ve somehow earned the special right to ask (though not necessarily to receive answers).

The sad truth is that when it comes to America’s wars these days, it’s hard to see how any of them have much to do with “defending America” or “defending freedom.” Let’s remember that no Iraqis or Afghans were on those planes on 9-11, and that no Taliban or Iraqi insurgent fighter has ever attacked the territorial US. Nor have Yemen, Somalia, Libya or Syria in any way posed a threat to the United States. Gen. Kelly’s “heroes in uniform” have really been lured by slick Pentagon marketing and by carefully calibrated financial inducements into signing up for what that most decorated Marine hero in history, Major General Smedley Butler, called “high-class muscle men for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers.”

Those who really did join the military out of a pure desire to do good and to “defend America” would do better to go into those professions like teaching, firefighting or caring for the sick.

As for Gen. Kelly, if he won’t go see what the real everyday heroes of America are doing, he should just stick to keeping our tender-egoed President Twitter from launching a nuclear war, and STFU when it comes to defending his boss for his racism, misogyny and abusive tirades.



story | by Dr. Radut