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What U.S. Soldiers are Really Fighting to Protect

Updated on December 20, 2012
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They Aren't Fighting to Protect Your Rights

One of the biggest myths in the U.S. today is that American soldiers are brave and heroic because they are fighting to protect our rights as citizens. It literally blows my mind that people still believe this, especially after all the Occupy protesters that have been brutalized and arrested for exercising those rights here recently.

What U.S. soldiers are really fighting for, whether they know this or not, and whether they want to believe it or not, is America's greedy capitalist stake in other countries like Iraq, for example. I mean, it's simple math. How much is spent in the U.S. on things like education, health care, and other programs that ensure my rights as a citizen, and how much is spent on the war machine? According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Global sales of arms and military services by the 100 largest defense contractors increased in 2010 to $411.1 billion. I think that spells it out pretty clearly.

In that same report, out of 100 global companies that are profiting from the war, 44 of them are U.S. companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin. I don't see anything heroic about this.

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Is History Repeating Itself?

In a recent article I wrote that can be found here, I expound on reasons why I do not support our U.S. troops. Not surprisingly, I received a lot of backlash that I was quite ready for. It was frustrating, however, reading comment after comment on people who have been brainwashed to believe that this war was something heroic and noble--that the U.S. intervened as a good Samaritan of some sort. It seemed like, to me, very similar to the propaganda used in Nazi Germany. They thought they were doing something to protect their rights. They thought they were doing something noble. We all know now how wrong they were.

It's no secret that fear has been used quite effectively in the past to garner sympathy and support for causes that were less than ethical. Could it be possible that this is happening now? It certainly is not impossible.

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Where Are My Rights?

The picture above is a more realistic illustration of exactly who our U.S. soldiers are fighting for. They aren't fighting for me, a plain 'ole ordinary citizen. Compared to those rich CEO's, I have no rights. I have no healthcare, which is a basic human right in any civilization. Because of my views on the war I am considered a terrorist, I cannot demonstrate peacefully with the Occupy movement without realizing that I will most likely end up in jail if I do. I can't even count on a free college education, which is another basic human right. Where are the rights that all you U.S. soldiers are supposedly defending?

Additionally, if I don't pay my taxes, like many U.S. banks and corporations have been doing for years, I will go to jail. Not some cushy, white collar jail, like Madoff finds himself in, but a penitentiary, where I will most likely be raped and/or killed. But hey, at least then I would have health care, right? I always try to see the silver lining.

Economic Hitmen

The video above nicely explains what is really at stake here. It's not our rights. It's never been our rights. It's greedy corporations' profits that are at stake. This is the cause of war, plain and simple. And all of you U.S. soldiers that have bought into the ideal that fighting for "your country" is noble, have been lied to. You aren't fighting for your country, you are only fighting for a select few of the elite. It's a hard pill to swallow, but the sooner American citizens do, the sooner we can start to find solutions to problems instead of thinking invading a country will solve everything.

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It's a Rich Man's War

This might hurt. It might even kill you inside to realize that wars are big business. If you are a U.S. soldier, you might know this. many citizens know this but there are many more that either don't know this, or refuse to accept it.

I am quite frankly insulted any time I hear someone tell me how I should thank a U.S. soldier for the life I am able to live now. The only people that owe U.S. soldiers thanks are the rich. Not me. Not anyone like me. You get no thanks from me. You didn't go over to Iraq or any other country to defend my freedoms. Repeating it like a mantra will not making any more truthful.

And while people like me really do live in fear, not because of terrorists that FOX News tries to sell, but in fear of my own country for what they can do to "unpatriotic" people like me, you patriots can sleep soundly at night, even if it is lies that lull you to sleep.

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      When I enlisted in the US Navy on September 11, 1989 (yes, that date is on my DD-214), I took the oath to defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. So, I defend your right to freedom of speech, but it doesn't mean that I have to agree with it. Furthermore, I won't say you're right or wrong, because what you post here is an opinion, to which you're entitled. As for my part, I enlisted for many reasons. One was our fight against the apparent global take over of communists and socialists, which still exists today. Another was my political beliefs, which are very conservative. Yet another was my personal belief that every man should wear a uniform of some type in order to serve his nation and/or community. One of the main reasons was the G.I. Bill as well. Additionally, I worked for a major company that has a contract with the US Navy drawing logistics diagrams for combat systems on our aircraft carriers, which would make job performance more efficient for sailors while at general quarters, or "battle stations". So, all in all, I spent close to 15 years in or working for the Navy. I'm very proud of my service, and I fully support my military brothers and sisters. Not everyone has to, but we did, do and will continue to defend and preserve the core American values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of anyone's opinion.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      You didn't enlist defend any of my freedoms. You enlisted because it was a secure paycheck. Sorry, sir, but facts, whether you want to believe them or not, do not in any way qualify as opinions. You drank the Kool Aid. That's all it is. You were fed a lie and you bought it. Don't try to guilt me into accepting the lies you so easily did. The truth hurts. Deal with it.

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Freedom of speech is one thing. Telling me what I did or did not do is quite another. I did not enlist for a steady paycheck. I could've gotten that anywhere. I have not, do not and will never "drink the Kool-Aid". Despite your incorrect assumptions, I am very much informed, very much educated and extremely intelligent. No one bit of information comes before my eyes without being scrutinized and verified. As I have worn the uniform and you apparently have not, I know more of the facts than you do, regardless of how many articles you dig up. So again, I did and do defend your right to freedom of speech, but that freedom does not give you the right to tell me, through incorrect assumptions, what I think or feel or why I have done things. You know as much about me as I know about you, which is nothing. So, before you make further assumptions of this nature about anyone else, stop and realize that the only thoughts and feelings that you empirically know are your own, no one else's.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Sir, you did not fight to protect my freedom of speech. For one, it was not threatened by Iraq. (I take it you served during the Gulf War.) Second of all, did you not read the article? The only threat to my freedom of speech comes from this country, the U.S. So, unless you are fighting the U.S. government, you are not in any way, shape or form fighting to protect my freedom of speech.

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      In my own ways, I am, in fact, fighting against this current government to very much protect the rights and freedoms of ALL Americans, whether they acknowledge it or not. Our POTUS in his rhetoric, speeches and other comments has made it quite clear that he is a socialist, which at socialisms very core is anti-liberty and anti-freedom. He even awarded the Medal of Freedom to the current chairperson of the Democratic Socialists of America, of which he was once a member. I have been to socialist countries, and I have been to the Middle East. I know for a fact that there are people, because I have met them, that hate the socialized healthcare in their countries and that many Arabs are quite happy that we are there to help liberate them and enjoy the freedoms that you and I enjoy today. Moreover, I have been under government-provided healthcare, and I would rather fall apart from my aches and pain than be under that butchery again. Socialized anything is not the answer to any of our nation's problems. Additionally, I have three more things. One, more Democratic presidents have pushed for war than Republican presidents. Two, I worked at WDW in 1987. It is VERY capitalist, and the Japanese are far more capitalist than the US. So, despite your agreement with the "Occupiers", you seem to be playing both sides of fence for your own entertainment, n'est pas? In the end, it seems your animosity towards our military is completely unwarranted, but you're entitled to whatever you believe.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Wow, you mean to tell me that there are people that hate free health care? Yeah, that's a lie. I've talked to many Iraqis too, and none of them are happy that we "helped."

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      There is no such thing as "free health care". Being told which doctor to go to and when. That's on top of your own bank account being diminished by the taxes to pay for them. Canadians, or every single one I spoke with, hate paying the taxes to pay for the "health care" they "receive". Many are denied treatment and procedures because of their age. It just isn't cost effective to transplant a much needed organ into someone that is close to the end of average life expectancy. Should age really be a factor in treatment or not? And if Canadian health care is so great, why is one of their favorite sons, Michael J. Fox, receiving health care in the United States? And on top of it, he has pushed for our own federal government to spend even more money on research to cure his disease. I have yet to read where he has petitioned his own country's government to help contribute more funds to research. I've had two cousins live in England, and both fell under their socialized health care. Both hated paying the taxes for it, and both hated the type of care they received. So much so, that one chose to give birth to her daughter in her own home to avoid the costs and lack of proper care from their health system. So, no health care is ever free. I, for one, refuse to pay the taxes for something that I do not want and do not need. Governmental interference with a problem is not a solution. It only compounds the problem. Until you've received that kind of "care", you cannot possibly understand.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      You really have drank the Kool Aid. It seems you believe what you want to. The most successful nations in the world today all have universal health care. Guess that makes us unsuccessful as a nation. Get YOUR facts straight. I don't mind chatting with you, but at least be honest. I don't know why we are even talking about health care. This hub is about who the U.S. soldiers are really fighting for. Way to get me off topic. Well played. If you have anything else to say on this topic (U.S. soldiers, that is) please do, if not, why not turn FOX News off and do a little research.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      http://top-10-list.org/2011/10/06/top-10-countries...

      So, universal healthcare is bad huh? I know I said this has nothing to do with my hub, but your last comment left me thinking. I thought I'd just post some links to actual facts, not opinions. It's funny how the U.S. isn't anywhere on these lists. Also, funny how all of these countries have universal health care, which you claim is so bad. Why are these the healthiest countries, then? You know, people can bitch all they want about it, kind of like you bitch about your job, but still like that you have it. The fact is, universal health care works. Save your propaganda for the sheeple that might buy it.

      http://healthvotes.com/general-health/19-countries...

      Here's another one.

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      I drink no Kool-Aid. I've already said that. I listen to real people with experience. My argument is not based on the experience of one person either. I don't watch Fox News. I don't have the time. I do, however, read, and I read from every news source I can find, even MSNBC and Huffington Post. So, I get my news from all angles, but thank you for another incorrect assumption.

      As for the US military, I still support them, and I still believe all Americans enjoy their freedoms because of every person that has ever served from 1775 at Bunker Hill until now and every service-member that ever will serve. But once again, you are very much entitled to your opinion, no matter how much anyone may disagree with it.

      If you go back to my original comment, you will find that I never stated your opinion was wrong. I just stated that I disagreed with it. From there, you made incorrect assumptions about me, despite never meeting me. As for all of your comments here, I state the same thing. You are entitled to your opinions based on whatever research you can find, but for every study out there, there is another that can proof data to the opposite opinion. That is why I believe none of them.

      For one example, one study shows that one glass of red wine with dinner every night is alledgedly good for heart health. However, there is another study that shows that one drink a day, regardless of the type (wine, beer, liquor), is bad for the liver. So, one says good for you. The other says bad for you. Therefore, my own habits is to have a drink whenever I crave it, which is about once every other month.

      If I may offer some advice, try arguing both sides on an issue. That means extensive unbiased research, because quite honestly, we usually only find the stuff we want to find, not all of the facts. Because I just had a debate a few days with someone that distorted truth over and over just to suit his means. When I disengaged from the convo because of that, he attacked my character and made assumptions about my psyche and personality based on info fed to him from someone that hasn't spoken to me in over two years, and it was two years before that, and also, she hadn't seen in over 10 years before we finally did speak. So, it all depends on to what we're biased.

      In the end, saying the military doesn't defend your freedom is like saying firefighters aren't heroes because they've never put a fire out in your house. Our troops, just like those from all the countries with troops deployed, are very much heroes because of the dangers they face everyday, and not just the ones in combat. The training they do everyday is just as dangerous as the real thing, and that training is so they are prepared for the real thing. Just take the time to listen to service-member. You might see them differently.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      In the end, saying the military doesn't defend your freedom is like saying firefighters aren't heroes because they've never put a fire out in your house.

      The difference is that a firefighter isn't invading another country under false pretenses so that a greedy, corrupt government (ours) can profit from it. Your analogy just doesn't cut it, but thanks for playing.

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Fair enough. I can concede that point, but nonetheless, you still do have freedoms afforded to you because of the courage of men and women that take an oath to defend our Constitution. Whether you agree or not, that's fine. I know I have people thank me all the time for my service. Their thanks are not required or expected, but there are few that outwardly say they do not support our troops. I will say that I admire your courage to do so. I hope that one day you will find a change of heart. It just might come when someone you love ships off to boot camp.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Just because you say it doesn't make it so, friend. My freedom of speech is not secured by soldiers who invade a country under false premises in order to become rich. My freedom of speech is inherent. I live in a country that likes to categorize it and call it a right that some have and others do not, but you, my friend, have nothing to do with that. U.S. soldiers use this lame excuse too much. It's a cop out. You've drank the Kool Aid. You know, one of the ways I can tell you have is your denial that you have. Denial is a symptom. You should look into it.

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      I've told you many times that I look into all sources. I scrutinize every fact by researching multiple sources. You don't seem to be processing this. If I could prove this fact, I would. Since it impossible, I won't bother.

      So, I will say this: You have every right to believe what you want, but to say that I "drink Kool-Aid" is an insult to my intelligence, and I find that very offensive. I do not insult you. Like anyone else, I could, but I firmly believe that gets no one anywhere. Since you continue to do so, I feel it best to remove myself from the debate, because insulting is not debating.

      Good luck to you.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      I've told you many times that I look into all sources. I scrutinize every fact by researching multiple sources.

      That sounds like a blanket statement similar to one the president (any president) would issue to avoid a fact. Needless to say, I don't think you have done enough research.

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      Gemini Fox 5 years ago

      Totally agree! Great pics and vid!

      You have made a really good point about the fact that there is so much rhetoric about "Fighting for Freedom" on the one hand while the government is actually using the "War on Terror" to slowly reduce those exact freedoms with things like the Patriot Act! Funny (but not really) how many articles I've read saying that it's unbelievable that the American people are actually standing by allowing things like the Patriot Act to be reauthorized without even a blink. Good little sheeples.

      What makes me even more angry is that we have spent hundreds of billions (or is it a trillion now?) in Iraq and Afghanistan tearing down, killing and lining the pockets of war profiteers when we could have used that money here to completely rebuild our country's infrastructure. Utterly sickening!

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      Hassan 5 years ago

      Great article. It's time more people spoke out about this.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Thanks for your comments, Gemini and Hassan! I know, I agree with you, Gemini. War is a business, plain and simple. I think the last war we fought were we were actually fighting for anyone's rights was the Civil War, and even that war had secret agendas that didn't include every citizen. All wars of the last century have been for some kind of profit.

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      SpringTown 5 years ago

      You are so socialistic it isn't even funny. If America is so "greedy" and "unfair", then there are plenty of other countries in the world that offer "compassionate" and "fair" living conditions, ones that you would appreciate highly. But for most of us, we appreciate our military, even if they are not fighting for our freedoms per say, and though it has its faults, the economic system of capitalism has been the most beneficial economic system in the history of mankind in general, and America in particular, more so than any socialist system could ever dream of being.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Oh, since you seem to be so wise and knowledgeable, let me give a little insight, as well. You are deluded. You have been brainwashed. You are a patriotic fanatic, in other words, nationalistic, which, in case you don't know, is not a compliment. Do some research instead of spouting off ideals that have been hammered into you since birth. Use your brain and think for yourself. Stop being a sheep.

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      wreckedearth 4 years ago

      I can't help myself, I have just finished another book (The Slaughterhouse) Emma you certainly are dealing with some brain dead people here. The American Military exist for one reason and one reason only. That is to protect and promote the business interests of American corporations. They tell you that your country is in grave danger from all these evil forces and your young people must sacrifice their lives to protect the Homeland, all that they are and have been doing for decades is protecting the rich, many of whom are lurking in your government. This is simply business as usual, folks. The US has been a war profiteer for many straight decades now. War, empire,

      exploiting people and “their” resources around the world is what makes the American Empire. Humans are a parasitic species by nature so making money out of the death and destruction of wars is normal behaviour. Sad truth but truth none the less . Every “conflict” in human history has fed profiteers. But never more so than in this age of American Exceptionalism.

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      emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Well said, wreckedearth. I think it is a nice little fantasy we have going here that many, unfortunately, so easily buy into. The truth does sting, so I think that's why many refuse to accept it. It's not an excuse, however. Thanks for the comment!

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      SpringTown 4 years ago

      Ha, you are the brainwashed one. It seems that you expect the government to give you everything and provide for your needs, sorry but you need to use your own abilities to gain wealth and a secure life. Stop blaming corporations and the U.S. military for the inability of individuals to make money, no corporation forces you to do anything, and the military hasn't forced you to fight for them, either. And yes, if this makes me nationalistic, then I'm proud to be one, I consider an honor.

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      emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Anyone as loyal as you to a higher power is indeed the brainwashed one. Learn to think for yourself.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Chuckd calls socialism "anti-freedom". Interesting, coming from someone that was a federal employee. Our military is socialism at its finest. The cognitive dissonance is staggering.

      As for Springtown: I would bet my life that you expect the government to provide health care for the troops, even though they already receive a paycheck. Find your own way to make a living and stop relying on the government, you commie.

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      Sanxuary 4 years ago

      I am not to sure how soldiers would defend your rights. First of all none of them are allowed to protest. They are there to take orders from rich Politicians who have lots of agendas. They have to plan false flag operations to start new wars to open new deals. They borrow invisible money from invisible lenders and set the markets to collapse, call in the debts and re-consolidate there holdings. We then create new regulations so it will never happen again, then Politicians can get paid to change them. So twenty or so years will go by and our children will get to experience the grand con all over again. Personally, I want the draft re-instated. Everyone needs the full experience of service to country. It makes people put up with less and get off their butts and do something about such issues.

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      Hyram Graff 4 years ago

      The real question is, do we want to develop advanced predator drones or energy efficiency? I think a military is necessary for defense but America's is too expensive, too big, too aggressive, and isn't serving the purpose of national defense. I want schools, not aircraft carriers. I want better infrastructure not foreign wars. China is well liked across the world, especially in the places where we are trying to win "hearts and minds" , 9/11 would never happen there.

      I'm so tired of the military. I'm tired of paying for them. I'm tired being pressured to thank them when they haven't done anything for America. It gets old real quick.

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      dev 4 years ago

      wow after all these searches...i stumbled on your page, a person that is using reason and not beliefs.

      i never understand soldiers saying they fight for "our" freedoms. WHY NOT SIMPLY HAVE A GREAT DEFENSE MILITARY? like japan has now, no one is attacking them of their rights.

      i used to want to be a soldier, but it was only because i was naïve and i believed in things like "hero" "money" "adventure"...the propaganda they play on television.

      scary/odd/shame thing is the soldiers are retards...with weapons of mass destruction.

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      Zane 4 years ago

      I have always had freedom of speech, other countries can't take that away from us, its not possible. This whole war crap is a business run by our government. Soldiers are fighting for the governments benefit, not the americans. Without the war, the government would lose money and their sanity. WAR needs to END TODAY!

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      Daniel 3 years ago

      Great article! I am so glad that I am not the only one who feels this way!

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      Gabi 3 years ago

      U.S. soldiers are brainwashed! After all, is not really their fault and they think they are doing the right thing by killing people in Middle East.

      But still it is difficult to understand how can they really think by killing middle east people,could help U.S independence?

      Do they not understand that they have make MANY "9.11"-style attacks in the Middle East. What right do they thing they have to do that?

      9.11 was a shocking event! Then, why U.S solders do exactly the same thing in Middle East over and over again?!?!?

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      JayBird 3 years ago

      I couldn't agree more with this entire article. But the question I ask, and I will keep this brief, what rights of mine were fought for? What was I even protected from? If I was going to have my rights protected, Id want them protected from the fatcats who wish to use me. I could only imagine my rights being in danger if we were at risk to be imperialized from another country of totalitarian government. My point being that the US masses believe that the service of young men and women actually protects their rights, which is obviously untrue.

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      pramodgokhale 2 years ago from Pune( India)

      madam,

      I am an Indian and do not want to make comment of this internal issue of US but i know arms industry of US has great influence in US economy and global dominance.

      We are the victim of cold war and engaged with our neighbor and bleed our economy. US provided funds and arms to Pakistan.

      Military junta of Pakistan is firm and non state actor and aid by US is diverted to buy arms and their extravagance .

      pramodgokhale

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