Whiskey Fire on the Connection Between Troops and Liberty

Hint: There is none, crazed howls from my gun-toting extended cousins notwithstanding.

Nothing the American military is currently doing abroad has any bearing whatsoever upon the degree of liberty enjoyed by any American citizen. To suggest otherwise is absurd. Had we not invaded Iraq, would any American be any less “free,” any less capable of dissent, free expression, the vote, fucking around on YouTube, whatever?

No.

And it is no insult to the troops to suggest this. American liberty does not, practically, theoretically, or philosophically, depend upon American armed force. There are no foreign powers capable of threatening essential American liberties — yes, there are assorted maniacs and thugs, but, well, we are under no threat of invasion.

To be blunt. I owe to no member of the American armed forces any gratitude for the exercise of my liberties as an American citizen. I respect their service but I am not in their debt in any regard. In particular, this exercise of American armed intervention in Iraq is in fact anti-democratic and injurious to American liberty, and for that reason should never have been undertaken, and needs to end.


Mmm…. the sweet smell of angry blogger in the morning. It’s one I am quite familiar with.

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2 Comments on “Whiskey Fire on the Connection Between Troops and Liberty”

  1. Bpaul Says:

    Get your flamesuit on, you are going to get serious shit for this post.

    But the fact is, you have very good points.

    Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with our “liberty” or “freedom” — only corporate profit, future geopolitical positioning, and gas prices.

    I’ll duck with you behind the furniture as the dishes come flying in.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Well, count me in the “ducking” because I totally agree!


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