An Open Letter to U.S. Military Troops: “You’re Not Defending Our Freedoms”

Jacob G. Hornberger, President of Future of Freedom Foundation has written a poignant, open letter to the troops of the U.S. military. He makes a strong case (in my opinion) that we, America, are responsible for the TSA fondling at the airports, the 10-year-old Patriot Act, the illegal spying on Americans, the indefinite detention, etc., that we are currently living under. Specifically, that the U.S. government is using our troops and their actions overseas as a foundation for the continual chipping away of our constitutional freedoms. You do remember the constitution, don’t you? Because we have allowed the government to do what it wants ‘for our better good’, we suffer the loss of freedom. It’s an instructive, and necessary message not only to the troops ‘over there’ but to us ‘over here’. I encourage you to read it. – JT


Dear Troops:

Yesterday – Memorial Day – some people asserted, once again, that you are “defending our freedoms” overseas.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Those people are just repeating tired old mantras. The reality is that you are not defending our freedoms with your actions overseas. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Your actions overseas are placing our freedoms here at home in ever-greater jeopardy.

Consider your occupation of Iraq, a country that, as you know, never attacked the United States, making it the defender in the war and the United States the aggressor. Think about that: Every single person that the troops have killed, maimed, or tortured in Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

Yet, the countless victims of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have friends and relatives, many of whom have become filled with anger and rage and who now would stop at nothing to retaliate with terrorist attacks against Americans.

Pray tell: How does that constitute defending our freedoms?

It was no different prior to 9/11. At the end of the Persian Gulf War, the troops intentionally destroyed Iraq’s water and sewage facilities after a Pentagon study showed that this would help spread infectious illnesses among the Iraqi people.

Read the rest here.