Thursday, August 30, 2007
West Pointer's increasingly leaving military service
Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1903
United States Military Academy
West Point, New York
“The powers in charge kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.”
“Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear.”
West Point Graduates Against The War
Here's Duhbya speaking to the graduates at West Point on 01 June 2002. In this speech he present's himself as the "Commander in Chief" and compares his college experience with famous past West Point graduates and tells them about extending peace by encouraging free and open societies on evey continent.
A speech which echoes the the sentiments of the PNAC and the Neoconservative agenda.
This war will take many turns we cannot predict. Yet I am certain of
this: Wherever we carry it, the American flag will stand not only for
our power, but for freedom. (Applause.) Our nation's cause has always
been larger than our nation's defense. We fight, as we always fight,
for a just peace -- a peace that favors human liberty. We will defend
the peace against threats from terrorists and tyrants. We will
preserve the peace by building good relations among the great powers.
And we will extend the peace by encouraging free and open societies on
Building this just peace is America's opportunity, and America's duty.
From this day forward, it is your challenge, as well, and we will meet
this challenge together. (Applause.) You will wear the uniform of a
great and unique country. America has no empire to extend or utopia to
establish. We wish for others only what we wish for ourselves --
safety from violence, the rewards of liberty, and the hope for a
West Point grads exit service at high rate
WASHINGTON -- Recent graduates of the US Military Academy at West Point are choosing to leave active duty at the highest rate in more than three decades, a sign to many military specialists that repeated tours in Iraq are prematurely driving out some of the Army's top young officers.
According to statistics compiled by West Point, of the 903 Army officers commissioned upon graduation in 2001, nearly 46 percent left the service last year -- 35 percent at the conclusion of their five years of required service, and another 11 percent over the next six months. And more than 54 percent of the 935 graduates in the class of 2000 had left active duty by this January, the statistics show.