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American Legion Declares War on Protestors -- Media Next?

By E&P Staff

Published: August 24, 2005 4:20 PM ET

NEW YORK The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all “public protests


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Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. We attacked a sovereign nation that was no threat to the United States. Under our constitution and international law this is an illegal war. Many Americans do not believe attacking other nations is in our best interest and will only increase terrorism. It also makes our troops targets of insurgents who do not want to be occupied by a foreign nation. Iraq was not a threat to the security of our country, our community or our families therefore not a sintle death of an American can be noble. Noble is the protection of Americans. We attacked a country for regime change where bin laden also wanted regime change. Now, we are in a situration with no good options.
The leadership has failed us. To support this failure is harmful to the troops that have put their lives on the line for us.

Once again, the Patriarchal "Right Man" shows itself as the "double-standard" poster child. . .

Here are two responses from the American Legion, one current and one
from 1999. Can you spot the differences? ;-)

Always remember, when dealing with dysfunctional male "Right Man"
psychologies, the "Truth" is whatever it needs to be to "WIN."
And they wonder why their children avoid them like the plague
"after all they've done for them." ;-)

"And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then dad
You know we'll have a good time then "
- Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin


why I never joined the American Legion. Before, I thought it was just something wrong with ME.

R Ap

Isn't it demoralizing for many of our troops to be in a war based on lies and know it? Isn't it demoralizing for them to see the tale-tell signs that this war instigated a civil war there, that many Iraqis glare at American troops with fear, suspicion and hatred? Isn't it demoralizing for our troops to have been used as bait to attract insurgents from other countries to kill American troops? Aren't the cuts in their pay and the stop-loss orders demoralizing for our troops? Isn't it demoralizing for well informed troops to know that our civil liberties are being eroded, our economy destroyed, our debts to foreign lenders piling up while China and other countries are buying them as the "liberate" Iraq? Aren't those Humvees demoralizing?

I'm only basing these questions on complaints many of our troops have managed to air to sources willing to share with the rest of us. Why isn't the American Legion paying attention to these questions? Isn't it demoralizing for our troops when groups like that don't care about what's bothering these guys? Why is it, Bush's supporters only want to hear from the right-wing troops that act like they're loving the war in Iraq?

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