Not Your Father's Army
By Chuck Baldwin
February 5, 2010
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Most of us Americans have a deep and abiding respect and admiration for our country's
fighting men who have served--and are serving--within the US Armed Forces. We
appreciate their willingness to put themselves in harm's way for the
preservation of our nation's liberty and independence. We honor their sacrifice.
Indeed, many of us share that sacrifice with the deaths, dismemberments, and
paralysis of our most cherished loved ones who were killed or injured in the
line of duty.
It is time, however, that we awaken to the reality of what our military is becoming
and where it is heading. Suffice it to say, this is not your father's army.
On December 8, 1941, my father, Ed Baldwin--along with his two brothers, Bud and
Gene--marched down to a recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, to enlist.
The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor the day before, and no branch of service
had to beg people to enlist that day. Bud joined the Navy. Gene joined the
Marines. When government officials saw Dad's résumé, they selected him to help
construct the atomic bomb. All three brothers served their country with
distinction throughout the war.
But what all of us need to realize is, World War II
was the last constitutionally fought war in which America has been engaged. The
United Nations was created at the end of WWII, and ever since then, our
military forces have increasingly become the "peacekeeping" arm of
that evil institution.
Since WWII, American forces have fought major wars in South Korea, South Vietnam
(including Laos and Cambodia), Kosovo, the Persian Gulf (Kuwait), Iraq,
Afghanistan, and now Pakistan--all for the benefit of the United Nations. Add
to these major wars lesser conflicts (except to those Americans killed or
wounded in them) such as Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Congo (Zaire), Iran, El
Salvador, Libya, Grenada, Honduras, Chad, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru,
Saudi Arabia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania, and Somalia.
And this does not take into account the countless CIA-sponsored Black Ops
missions that have taken place all over the world.
Yes, American forces have been used to both put people in power and take people
out of power all over the world. And as often as not, the people we put in
power were counted among the "bad guys," while the people we removed from
power were "good guys." Remember, our own CIA was the organization
most responsible for the rise to power of Osama Bin Laden. And it was the US government
that surreptitiously set up the murder of Dr. Jonas Savimbi,
who was one of the best friends the United States had overseas. Plus, does anyone
remember how the US treated our friend, the Shah of Iran? Yes, some of us are
old enough to remember when Iran was one of the best friends we had in that
region of the world.
But mind you, not one single war in which American forces have been engaged since
WWII has been constitutionally fought. Not one!
Ever since the United Nations was created, its interests have dominated the usage
of US forces. In fact, our military today is quickly morphing into the tip of
the spear for a burgeoning, global New World Order. To those with eyes to see,
the evidence is everywhere. It's not even being hidden anymore. Have you seen that new US Navy television
commercial? It boldly proclaims, "The US Navy: A GLOBAL FORCE For Good." (Emphasis added.)
This politically correct, UN-dominated New World Order has changed (and is changing)
our US military right before our eyes. It has taken the greatest and proudest
independent fighting force in the world--one created to defend the people and
property of the United States--and turned it into a global military policeman
for the evil Machiavellians at the UN.
In order to convert the US military into a true "Global Force,"
several changes are being forced upon our fighting men.
First, more and more women are entering the US military.
Currently, women comprise about 20% of military personnel. And for the first time
in US history, women are actively engaged in combat units in the current wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan. The massive integration of women in combat may serve
the interests of political correctness, but it does not serve the interests of
combat effectiveness. Neither does it serve the interests of family and child
rearing. And I don't care how old fashioned that sounds!
Wives and mothers are the backbone of family nurturing. To willingly take mothers
away from their children--and subject both mother and child to the separation
and suffering that military life demands--is both unnatural and cruel.
And there is another stark reality that few people want to discuss: the fact that
30% of all women in the US military are raped. Yes, you read it right: 30%.
According to NPR, "In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent
said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking
help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said
they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving. And a 1995 study of female
veterans of the Gulf and earlier wars, found that 90 percent had been sexually
See the report at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103844570
Government and military brass know that the introduction of women into the military
environment (especially the combat environment) is reaping problems of epidemic
proportions, but they are deliberately ignoring and even covering them up.
For example, does anyone recall the name Jamie Leigh Jones? According to ABC News,
"A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers
in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the
"Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men
at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container
with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she'd be
out of a job."
See the report at: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=3977702&page=1
And this story leads into another phenomenon being
created within this New World Order army: the way our government and military
are increasing their use of "private" or "independent"
contractors. In the past, these people were always known simply as mercenaries.
Call them what you will, mercenaries are now a major component of the way our
government wages war.
According to Global Research, "The growing use of private armies not only subjects
target populations to savage warfare but makes it easier for the White House to
subvert domestic public opinion and wage wars.
"Americans are less inclined to oppose a war that is being fought by hired
foreign mercenaries, even when their own tax dollars are being squandered to fund
"'The increasing use of contractors, private forces, or, as some would
say, "mercenaries," makes wars easier to begin and to fight--it just
takes money and not the citizenry,' said Michael Ratner,
of New York's Center for Constitutional Rights. 'To the extent a population is
called upon to go to war, there is resistance, a necessary resistance to
prevent wars of self-aggrandizement, foolish wars, and, in the case of the
United States, hegemonic imperialist wars.'"
See the report at: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14972
Remember, at any given moment, there might be as many--if not more--mercenaries
fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as there are US military forces. For example,
according to the Christian Science Monitor, in early 2008, the number of
mercenaries fighting in Iraq numbered more than 190,000. Remember, in addition to the benefit of not
drafting US citizens to fight these perpetual wars (and thus avoid incurring
the wrath and resistance of the American public), mercenaries enjoy the luxury
of not having to comply with the military rules of engagement. And the stories
of atrocities committed by US-employed mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan are
too numerous to list.
In addition to the Jamie Jones case mentioned above, consider the case where Blackwater (now called Xe)
mercenaries mowed down 17 Iraqi citizens in an unprovoked attack. And, of
course, no one at Blackwater was held accountable for
these murders. Reports of abuse, cruelty, and savagery by mercenaries in Iraq
are commonplace. According to the Global Research report, "Many soldiers
of fortune on private payrolls previously served dictators in South Africa,
Chile, and elsewhere."
The Washington Post quotes Brigadier General Karl Horst, an advisor to the U.S.
Joint Force Command as saying, "These guys [mercenaries] run loose in this
country [Iraq] and do stupid stuff. There's no authority over them, so you
can't come down on them hard when they escalate force . . . They shoot people,
and someone else has to deal with the aftermath. It happens all over the
And you wonder why the United States is viewed so negatively around the world?
Granted, there is a place and proper use for mercenaries. Fred E. Foldvary, Senior Editor of The Progress Report, rightly
observes, "One alternative to U.S. military action against terrorists who
have attacked the U.S. and other countries, and are threatening further
attacks, is to enact Letters of Marque and Reprisal. Article I, Section 8,
paragraph 11 of the U.S. Constitution authorizes Congress to 'grant letters of
Marque and Reprisal and make rules concerning captures on land and water.' A
'reprisal' means an action taken in return for some injury. A reprisal could be
a seizing of property or guilty persons in retaliation for an attack and
injury. It could include forces used against the perpetrators for the redress
of grievances. A reprisal could even
involve killing a terrorist who is threatening further harm and cannot be
"'Marque' is related to 'marching' and means crossing or marching across a
border in order to do a reprisal. So a letter of Marque and Reprisal would authorize
a private person, not in the U.S. armed forces, to conduct reprisal operations
outside the borders of the U.S.A.
"Such Letters are grantable not just by the U.S. Constitution, but also by
international law, which is why it was able to be included in the Constitution.
The Letters are grantable whenever the citizens or subjects of one country are
injured by those in another country and justice is denied by the government of
that country, as happened with the attack by persons
who were in Afghanistan."
See Foldvary's column at: http://www.progress.org/fold232.htm
And that is exactly what Congressman Ron Paul
attempted to do. He proposed H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and Reprisal
Act of 2001, to authorize the U.S. State Department to issue such Letters. See
Dr. Paul's Press Release at: http://www.house.gov/paul/press/press2001/pr101101.htm
However, neither the Congress nor the White House--Democrat or Republican--has
any intention of following the Constitution; therefore, Letters of Marque and
Reprisal were never authorized. As a result, no authority has been granted to
these mercenaries to wage war on behalf of anyone, especially not the people of
the United States.
But what unauthorized mercenaries do accomplish is to fulfill the demands of internationalists
and globalists to use unaccountable and uncontrolled (at least by normal
military protocols) private armies for their own personal and nefarious
The next step for our politically correct "Global Force" is the authorization
for homosexuals to serve openly in the US military. This has long been the goal
of globalists, and it is now about to happen.
It was globalist President Bill Clinton who introduced the current "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell" policy that allows homosexuals to serve in the US armed forces--but
not openly. Of course, this was a major departure from US military history.
From George Washington's Continental army until the Clinton administration,
homosexuality was deemed "incompatible" with military service. And
now globalist Barack Obama is leading Congress to change the policy even
further by allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the US military.
However, please consider this: if our governmental and military leaders would
cover up the raping of American servicewomen by servicemen, don't you know that
they will cover up the raping of American servicemen by homosexual servicemen?
Mark this down: mixing sex (heterosexual or homosexual) and military service is
a recipe for disaster. And the potential damage inflicted upon military units
(especially combat units) is exacerbated exponentially by the introduction of
large numbers of homosexuals and women into those units. (This is the universal
sentiment of virtually every active duty or retired serviceman I have ever
spoken with.) But it does fit perfectly into the plans of the New World Order
architects, who want to use the US military as much for the advancement of
their politically correct agenda as they do for any actual military purpose.
Plus, dare I mention how that many violent gangs in North America are encouraging
their members to join the US military in order to learn tactics and skills,
which enable them to more effectively inflict their criminality
upon the American people? Well, it's true. And our military brass knows it's true,
and yet they still allow these thugs to enter our military. Hispanic gang
members, especially, are entering the US military in droves.
According to a report in The American Conservative magazine, "[R]ecent figures indicate that gang membership in the Armed
Forces significantly surpasses civilian levels. Stars and Stripes reported that
1 to 2 percent of the military are gang members, compared to 0.02 percent of
the general population."
See the report at: http://www.amconmag.com/article/2008/may/05/0012/
No, ladies and gentlemen, it is not your father's army. And, sadly, while many
of our fine military leaders (not to mention many of our active duty soldiers,
sailors, airmen, and Marines) see all of this taking
place, they are practically powerless to stop it, because political correctness
and globalism run rampant in Washington, D.C., including at the Pentagon.
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