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Time to Call out US Militarism for What It Is: The Key Threat to America’s Security

No more worshiping of the military

I'll have to keep your response in mind. So often people tell me (when they find out I'm a vet), "Thank you for your service!" I was never in a war (very happy about that!) and I don't think I deserve anyone's thanks. In fact, on many occasions I've told them that, no, I should be thanking them. If not for their tax dollars I would not have had so much of my college tuition paid by the GI Bill. I would not have been able to live in Germany twice, the second time in a resort village on the scenic Mosel River. I would not have been able to go to big rock concerts in Frankfurt, Duesseldorf and elsewhere, I would not have been able to go to the Oktoberfest in Munich or countless weinfests in little villages along various rivers in Germany, never would have dated German or Dutch ladies, never would have taken part in Fasching celebrations, never would have been able to go to German nude beaches, make parachute jumps all over the world, never would have gone skiing in the Alps in southern Germany and Austria, etc. When I came back from my second tour I was able to get a graduate degree at night with 75% of the tuition covered by the suffering taxpayers. And they're thanking me?

When I tell people about what I did on their dime, I hope they get the idea that whatever they've been told about the military is a lot of baloney, and that they paid for me (and so many others) to live quite well at their expense, and that they've been had.

I am not proud of my time in the military. There were some good times and some bad times, and if I had wised up sooner I wouldn't have gone in at all. After my active duty time I spent about a decade in the Reserve and I retired shortly after Iraq was invaded. I wasn't trying to avoid going as much as I was simply fed up with the BS we were being fed (from the very start I knew we were being fed nothing but lies) and I was no longer going to look the other way and go along with it. (Oddly enough, at the time there was virtually no discussion of US foreign policy, decisions to invade other countries, etc., in my unit. People confined themselves to discussing small matters, such as getting their pay and personnel records correct, working on a promotion, etc. People seemed to unconsciously know that "big picture" stuff was outside the realm of what they should think about, even if it was going to have the biggest impact on their lives.)

Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I use your response in the future when someone wants to thank me for my "service" or ask me to donate to the Wounded Warrior fund.

story | by Dr. Radut