BRIDGET’S IDGETS: One Idiot’s Commentary on Why He Doesn’t Support the Troops

Posted on March 13, 2008. Filed under: Bridget's Idgets, Liberal Idiots, Military, Politics, Terrorism |

This human piece of garbage does not deserve to live in this country and he makes me want to puke!! I’m sorry if some of you think I’m being too harsh, but his words are disgusting and treasonous and he should be escorted out of the US so that he can live in a country that he thinks does it so much better than us. Shut yer pie-hole, Mr. Thiesen!!!!!!!!!!!

Commentary: Why I Don’t Support the Troops

By Kenneth Thiesen 2008-03-11

In the recent political battle around the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley there has been much confusion around the concept or slogan of “supporting the troops,” but opposing the unjust wars of the Bush regime. Many who oppose the Bush regime wars also say they “support the troops.” Let me say it straight out-I do not support the troops and neither should you. It is objectively impossible to support the troops of the imperialist military forces of the U.S. and at the same time oppose the wars in which they fight.

The United States has over 700 military bases or sites located in over 130 foreign countries. The hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in these countries are not there to preserve or foster freedom and democracy as the Bush regime would like to claim, but to maintain U.S. imperialist domination of the world. The United States now spends more on its military than all the other nations of the world combined.

If you “support the troops” in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the other more than 100 countries in which they are located, you also objectively support U.S. hegemony in the world. I believe that the vast majority of people who say they support the troops do not wish to support U.S. imperialism, but that is what they are really doing by putting forth the slogan of “support the troops.”

We need to oppose the recruitment of men and women into the military. We need to support resisters within the military who have realized what they are doing and now choose to resist the role of the U.S. military. This includes people such as Lt. Ehren Watada who refused to deploy to Iraq. Watada stated, “Never did I imagine my president would lie to go to war, condone torture, spy on Americans…” He was the first officer to refuse to go to Iraq and he was court-martialed. Another resister is Camilo Mejia. In 2004 Sergeant Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison when he was court-martialed for refusing to assist the military in Iraq. Mejia said, “I am only a regular person that got tired of being afraid to follow his own conscience. For far too long I allowed others to direct my actions even when I knew that they were wrong….”

We need to expose that those in the U.S. military are trained to be part of a “killing machine.” While not every member of the military is an individual murderer, they are all part of a system that commits war crimes, including aggressive wars, massacres, rape, and other crimes against humanity, all in the service of U.S. imperialism. The bottom line is that even if these people are relatives or friends, you can not support the troops without also supporting the objective role that these troops play in the imperialist system.

United States troops are acting as destructive and murderous forces of invasion and occupation. The people of Iraq and Afghanistan see this on a daily basis. Hundreds of thousands have died as a direct result of the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Millions are either internal or external refugees. Tens of thousands have been detained in prisons, with thousands of these tortured and scores murdered. Haditha, Iraq where 24 Iraqis were massacred is just the best known of the massacres. Women and children are routinely described as “collateral damage” by military spokespersons when they are murdered in military operations.

LINK: http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2008-03-11/article/29447

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One Response to “BRIDGET’S IDGETS: One Idiot’s Commentary on Why He Doesn’t Support the Troops”

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…thiesen…you disgrace this nation with unparalleled stupidity and idiodic rantings… you want us to disown our very families because they are part of what is keeping you relaxed in your cushy dormatory at Berkley… you are shunning our very military action, but you really dont belong here in America if you cannot even support the very thing that keeps it the place it is today. the military.. without it… there would be constant attacks on American soil…. and i guess if you are prepared to fight them yourself and drop your studies… than i guess you can hate on our military… but until your ready to make the sacrifice that they make everyday… for you… you can go live in some place that fits your absurd agenda a little better…


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