A Foot Soldier Throws Down His Gun
This is an interview with a man who has resigned from working for a major Military/Industrial contractor. He says his actions are the result of
having been a 'machine gunner' in Iraq, recognizing that what the US is doing over there is WRONG, he has decided to man up and STOP participating.
His own words in his resignation were not quite the same as what the title portrays (he was a gunner on a Humvee, not a foot soldier), but you all get
Brandon Toy, an Iraq War veteran and a mid-level project manager at General Dynamics, concluded that what he had done and was doing went against
the best principles of the United States – and so resigned with a declaration that if “every foot soldier threw down his rifle,” things might
change, Dennis J Bernstein reports.
By Dennis J. Bernstein
Brandon Toy, who has just resigned from his position as an engineering project manager at the military contractor General Dynamics, released a letter
of resignation that a lot of people are looking at. It says in part:
“I have served the post 9/11 military industrial complex for ten years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.
I’ve always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle, war would end. I hereby now, throw mine down.
At the time of my enlistment I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naive, and misled.
The narrative professed by the state and echoed by the mainstream press has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting
Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes, including counter-insurgency, dirty wars, drone terrorism, suspension of due process,
torture, mass surveillance and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current U.S. government. …”
Good on him!! Yay!!!
In light of the vast numbers of veterans returning from the Middle-Eastern 'theater' (ugh, the irony of that term
) only to find they can't live
with themselves OR others, even their wives and children in the case of those who were married - or in the case of those who were NOT married, the
grief and horror of what they were 'led to do' and many having 'survivor's guilt' as well as 'murderer's guilt' ---- who then SUICIDE, speaks loudly
to the nefarious and truly evil activities of our government.
MORE SPECIFICALLY - the Executive branch - and the Judicial Branch. Congress is, in many ways, unaware of what is going on - the black ops and dirty
wars (here's the link again to Jeremy Scahill's book and movie info: Dirty Wars: The World as a Battlefield
) which Obama has
not only RAMPED UP from the Bush administration, but also LIED about when campaigning, is happening behind closed doors, and WITHOUT Congressional
This man, who I STOOPIDLY believed would offer "hope and change" is a scoundrel first-class. He really SHOULD BE IMPEACHED for his 'signature drone
strikes' - which, for every 'terrorist' or 'potential terrorist' they kill, also ends the lives of anywhere from a handful to dozens of civilians. It
is TERRORISM, and it is WRONG. It goes against all international 'laws', and makes me utterly sick,
I think that started seeing images of soldiers and war, glorified veterans held up as heroes, flag waving, etc., etc. It just got the idea in my
head that that was about the highest thing that you could do for your country, was to serve in the armed forces. And then it just snowballed from
After 9/11, I became, I guess you would say, a rabid patriot and I was all for the Iraq war. I have to confess that I voted for President Bush twice.
I enlisted at the end of 2003 after Iraq had started. I believed in the cause. I thought we were going over there to find WMDs and fight terrorism on
its own soil, etc., etc, oust Hussein from power and bring democracy to the Middle East which now seems like a ludicrous concept to me.
But I actually believed that stuff. So I got sucked in very deeply, very quickly. And even though I didn’t enlist when I was 18 – I was 24 – I
still see myself as very young and naive, at that time.
Yep! This is what they do, take naive, enthusiastic young men and women who want to "go help", and turn them into homicidal killing machines. It is
WRONG on EVERY LEVEL.
I hope more soldiers will come out and 'quit' - just 'desert' - they can't put ALL SOLDIERS in Gitmo. The troops on the ground - ESPECIALLY the Joint
Special Operations Command forces are killers - are rabid beasts ordered about by morally corrupted, evil, scheming monsters - and THEY should be in
Gitmo. THEY should be receiving the 'enhanced interrogation techniques' as WAR CRIMINALS - not to get info from them - TO GIVE INFO TO THEM of their
It's kind of a long interview - but, as the man says, more people ARE becoming aware of what the truth is.
We are lucky to have people willing to speak up - like Manning, Scahill, and the late Michael Hastings (May he rest in peace), Snowden, and others.
We are 'lucky' that we still CAN speak up -
And we must.
It's slow going, but we must encourage our families and friends who support the troops to SUPPORT THEM LEAVING THE SERVICE - to remove them from the
hell-hole that Obama and his minions have created and perpetuate.
Yes, if EVERYONE, on both sides, would 'throw down their arms' the war would end - but pick them up again and protect the citizenry as we rise up and
protest, throw out, arrest and prosecute the brutes who are doing this, destroying SO MANY LIVES, while they watch "Kill TV" in safe offices in the
The actions of the US Military in the Middle-East are MAKING THINGS WORSE - this is established now, beyond a doubt - while the actions of the
uprisers are, in my opinion, making it look like we, too, could rise up and actually throw out the corrupt Administration and M/I War Machine - as
WELL as the corrupt 'bankers' and their hangers-on. OWS was tame. Hacky sack, joints, tents, flowers - are not going to route them out.
We need to get seriously loud.
In my Opinion.
edit on 21-7-2013 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)
edit on 21-7-2013 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)