Role Of The US Military During Pandemic
The pledge taken by military members on enlistment states the military member promises to protect the United States “from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
What should be noted about this pledge is that this pledge makes no mention of a human or military threat.
So, do we not consider poverty, hunger and disease to be enemies to this country? Are these things not threats to our security as a nation, as a people?
At the time of this writing, the US military is illegally occupying Syrian oil fields, protecting the literal theft and denial of resources from a sovereign government that has all legal rights to those resources. The UN Peace Council has stated our presence in Syria is illegal under international law.
Our military is maintaining a presence in Iraq, a country whose government has insisted on the evacuation of our forces. Thus, an illegal military occupation.
Our military is patrolling and threatening to invade Venezuela.
Our ships are conducting naval drills including the firing of missiles off the coast of China.
Our naval vessels are attempting to block the passage of Iranian and Russian oil tankers, while also threatening to destroy a major Russian oil pipeline.
In each of the cases above, these countries are of absolutely no military or security threat to this country. In fact, they are no military or security threat to any other nation. The only threat to any sovereign government or military in this equation is the US.
Multiple states are activating National Guard units for the purpose of policing.
Meanwhile, naval vessels, foreign and domestic military encampments are having outbreaks related to the pandemic. Naval vessels have been denied the right to evacuate increasing numbers of sick service members. One naval commander was relieved of command and shamed by the Commander of the Navy.
I have previously pointed out that farmers are being forced to allow crops to rot in fields and warehouses because they are unable to sell and deliver those crops to restaurants and schools. That is occurring as food banks experience the longest lines in world history and millions of workers have been laid off or placed on “furlough”. People are waiting on $1200 stimulus checks which may not arrive for weeks in some cases and that amount of money will not go far for…