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Although portions of the following missive are out dated, the import of the monologue remains contingent to our continued military presence in Afghanistan, and most recently, Libya.

Since President Obama has publicly declared that U.S. troops will be withdrawn in 2014, the question of the continuation of military occupation is cogently brought to bear in the present...
Before United States forces departed, the thematic question of this missive was:

What The Flock Are We Doing In Iraq?
Blaming Veterans for Executive Policy

Since the execution of Saddam Hussein U.S. Troops have departed that theater, thereafter being deployed and stationed in Afghanistan and Libya. Whereas, the question has simply directed itself to the incumbent interrogative of:

What Are We Doing In The MiddleEast?

As of 11/6/09, the Army psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hason, has not only murdered and wounded dozens of people at Fort Hood, Texas Army Base, he has cast another ominous shadow on what was already - since 9/11 - a very controversial issue; reintroducing fragile questions, including religious undertones - as they relate to (well intended and otherwise motivated) Muslims in America, and activating questions regarding America's motive(s) for armed presence in the Middle East.

Very unfortunately, this appears to be a pejorative problem, for which there is no easy solution. Vets and apolitical citizens are being blamed - and are suffering and dying for - questionable executive policy. The unreliably reported lessons of Vietnam, and the failed - eight year - Russian Expedition into Afghanistan enter this foreboding incumbency. Constitutionally fortified issues of Free Speech are being compromised - displaced with citizen fear of government (and qualified elements of the 'Homeland Security' and 'Patriot' acts: which nullify the former requirement for a judge's order to tap telephones, and void 'due cause' for satellite reconnaissance directed upon law abiding citizens).

Although, in 'times of war' such unconstitutional procedures may be legally and temporarily installed, no status of declaration of war is in place. Rogue - Corporate State controlled - gvt. did in fact obtain these anti-American, terrorist inspired constitutional transgressions by way of the occurrence of the World Trade Center attacks, aka, 911.

Excersizing fundamental American Principles of Free Speech has evolved into grounds for suspicion of 'terrorism'.

The cost and consequences of American Armed Forces in the Middle East is escalating on many fronts which are a challenge to American Constitutional mainstays and domestic tranquility.

Caveat: America cannot be conquered from the outside, but, she can - and may - be compromised from within.

I very sincerely hope I am wrong about this, but, I think we are far from seeing the resolve of this convuluted dilemma. I am an American born veteran, sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States from all her enemies, be they foreign or domestic, whomsoever.

Incidentally, I wish to emphasize here, that I consider violent revolution to be counter revolutionary. I believe that the - overdue - revolution should, and will, occur, on a platform of liberated - and responsible, uncensored or otherwise handicapped - communication.

"Beware, the military-industrial complex, lest they lead you into war for profit". - Dwight David Eisenhower. Supreme Comdr. of Allied Forces; President of the United States.

With regard to the issue of 'politics', that casts a very wide loop in the connotations of its meaning - politics frequently if not characteristically encompasses ethics. Moreover, this is an international issue certainly having much to do with 'religion', and the religiously motivated behavior of people and nations.

The ethical considerations include the fact that Bin Laden and Hussein have been executed for crimes against humanit (terrorism).

Terrorist suicide pilots, bombers and shooters increase with each day of American occupation (by any other name). All of these subjects are affiliated with religion ('Jihad') - which has much more to do with ethics than politics.

Then there is the ethical (and political) lesson of Vietnam, and certainly that of Afghanistan having routed the Russians, in the wake of a failed eight year effort to subdue them. It is my qualified opinion that ethics has a great deal to do with what can be called a 'political' issue. By definition, certainly not a 'local' political issue.

The emergence of the Patriot and Home Security Acts - since 9/11/01 - has raised strong ethical issues having to do with the national suppression of Constitutionally guaranteed elements of American rights and freedoms. Indeed, these considerations may be called 'politics', but there are strong issues of 'infringements' on the U.S. Constitution - and ethics - in the foreground of all these very controversial issues, which show every indication of growing worse, instead of better.

Anyway I'm an old guy who was raised in a family and state where firearms were understood to be tools, mostly for the acquirement of food to reduce the burden of a modest financial social station. Many folks know from personal experience or have learned from those who lived in earlier and better times that there were times and large areas of this nation when it did not lock its doors for lack of any practical reason to do so. Bicycles didn't require locks because they were only rarely stolen, and even then, they'd show up abandoned on the other side of town. Non prescription drugs could only be obtained in bad parts of big cities, now they're proliferating in high school locker rooms and school yards across the violent crime inundated nation.

'Mass murders' were quite rare, compared to what has become an almost routine event in today's (alarmingly south-bound) world (where the price of food has nearly doubled in the past year; where mass-media featured 'consumer advocates' proclaim that the container size of food has been reduced, while costing the same as the formerly larger container, is 'because the manufacturer didn't want to raise the price' - in a 'New Age' culture where the names and works of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley are alien to the average micro-chip neuro linguistically programmed, operantly conditoned, psycho-molecularly restructured, 'brain'.

Meanwhile, as of 2011, three and one half million American families live in their automobiles, while 'public service messages' prod listeners and viewers to donate money and goods to distressed people in other countries: in complete disregard for - and characteristic denial of - the obvious priority of taking care of our own disaster stricken people, first).

When past-tense people did reasonably vocalise protests against negative social trends or events of local, national or international import, they were generally accepted as worthy of consideration, rather than what has become a major media ingrained (corporate state motivated) denigration of a constructive criticism from a responsible individual - who is now too often greeted with a cliche curtain of 'reminders' of his or her powerless and insignificant place in local, national or international anomalies: many of which have evolved in to being perceived as 'normality'. Today, such voiced concerns are frequently met with a retinue of mass media installed put-downs and 'gotchaisms', dog-eared reminders that we don't live in a perfect world, 'dwelling on the negative', etceteras. Never mind the sky, the perceived value of life - and the individual - is falling.

Moreover, constructively motivated dissertations such as this have evolved from a category of potentially valuable free expressions, to that of a 'rant' (Webster's: "To talk in a noisy, excited or declamatory manner, to utter in a bombastic, extravagant, declamatory fashion).

Among the major themes of the American Constitution is the value and civil rights of the individual: presently, since 9/11/2001, without a declaration of war, the Middle East has been invaded and is occupied by America's finest young people under the orders of profit obsessed Corporate State of heavy industrial intersts such as steel, chemical, rubber and hi-tech weapons manufacturers who long ago established a history of sacrificing our young people to the decade extended invasion and occupation of Southeast Asia, without achieving their fictional goal of 'uniting' North & South Vietnam. Now, due to the catastrophe of the WTC and in the name of anti-terrorism, any American domicile's phone may be tapped - and any American individual or group may be placed on microwave vehicularized TV - 24-7/365 - without a judge's order or due cause (Refer, the - so called - Homeland Security, and, Patriot Acts).

Given the limited allowance of time and space in the ongoing format, this would-be 'freaked out' and 'paranoid' rant appends one more consideration, and that is the ominous mass media omission of the status of the nuclear reactors in Japan, and, the allegedly 'resolved' crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thank you and have a superlative day.