Orders From On High Obeyed by Military!
by Gary D. Barnett
Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.
~ Smedley Butler, Major General USMC
Is there any order given to U.S. military personnel that is not obeyed? Is there anyone that the U.S. military won’t kill (murder) when given an order? Is there any order that any in the U.S. military thinks is unconstitutional, considering that all in the military have taken an oath to uphold that set of rules? Will there ever be an order that U.S. troops will disobey? As far as I can tell, the answer to all these questions is no!
There has been a lot of talk lately about the war against Libya being unconstitutional, but one has to wonder why these questions are coming now? It certainly isn’t due to any sudden moral awakening by the politicians or most of their constituents, because every single war since WWII has been unconstitutional. And in my opinion, every single war since the Revolution has been completely unjust and unnecessary. If I am correct in my opinion, that means that every order to kill, maim, occupy, and destroy those in other lands obeyed by American forces has been not only unconstitutional but also immoral.
This blind following of orders by all U.S. military forces scares the living daylights out of me. Am I alone in this thinking, or do others in this country understand the implications of this policy? What if there is civil unrest here at home? What if due to the destruction of our economy by our own government, American citizens take to the streets as is happening now in Africa and the Middle East? Does anyone honestly believe that U.S. troops given orders to shoot to kill their own countrymen won’t do so? Believing that it would be different if it happened on our own soil would be a fool’s game.