Back to the Graveyard of Empires
"Units of the 32nd Brigade have been called to active duty, not as a last line of defense to protect Wisconsin and the nation from foreign invaders, but to be deployed overseas for occupation duty in a bottomless quagmire. Wisconsin National Guard units belong in Wisconsin, to protect our ‘Homeland.” ~ Ben Olson, former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin—in 2009!
Deja vu all over again.
The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has announced, “Nearly 400 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry will deploy to Afghanistan this winter in support of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.
"The Appleton-headquartered infantry battalion and its subordinate companies, which are all part of the 32nd 'Red Arrow' Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will deploy as a security element for coalition forces operating in the region, who along with the Afghan security forces, are committed to containing and destroying terrorist safe-havens in Afghanistan and reducing the threat they pose to the world.”
We compliment the Wisconsin Guard’s public affairs staff for their vivid imagination and writing style. “… threat they pose to the world.” The only Americans who have been threatened, killed, or wounded by the Taliban are those who have invaded Afghanistan. So, to reduce that threat, if that is the intention, let’s bring our troops home from the “Graveyard of Empires,” as Afghanistan has been so rightfully referred to as.
“Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.” Candidate Donald Trump tweet. Yes, on that we agree!
Note: the US Army has 470,000 members. To fight with the Taliban on the other side of the planet they need to call up a Wisconsin Guard unit. Mind boggling.
Guard members have lives. Activating members of the Guard has many disruptive consequences, on individuals, families, communities, and businesses, not to mention local Guard units themselves. Being snatched away from classes, jobs or families to serve in an avoidable “war of choice” halfway around the world doesn’t fit into their plans, and may result in undesirable consequences for Wisconsin when enlistments expire.
The Secretary of Defense should go to war, only as a last resort, with the Army he has. Wisconsin National Guard units belong in Wisconsin, to protect our ‘Homeland.'
The governor of Wisconsin has a responsibility to watch out for our citizens and the Wisconsin Guard members, not the Pentagon and the military industrial complex. In the interests of Wisconsin’s ‘homeland security,’ our governor should demand that all Wisconsin Guard members remain in Wisconsin. Phil Anderson and Patrick Baird are the only veterans on the ballot running for governor and lieutenant governor. [www.teamguv.org] Anderson promises “to fight so that our men and women aren’t sent to unconstitutional wars and political boondoggles.”
Declare victory and let’s have a parade.
James Maas, Vietnam Army Infantry Veteran, Wisconsin National Guard Veteran, Navy SeaBee Veteran
Marathon County Libertarians