US Army Major (Ret.): We Are Living In The Wreckage Of The War On Terror | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US Army Major (Ret.): We Are Living In The Wreckage Of The War On Terror

Authored by US Army Major (ret.) Danny Sjursen via AntiWar.com,

It has taken me years to tell these stories. The emotional and moral wounds of the Afghan War have just felt too recent, too raw. After all, I could hardly write a thing down about my Iraq War experience for nearly ten years, when, by accident, I churned out a book on the subject. Now, as the American war in Afghanistan – hopefully – winds to something approaching a close, it’s finally time to impart some tales of the madness. In this new, recurring, semi-regular series, the reader won’t find many worn out sagas of heroism, brotherhood, and love of country. Not that this author doesn’t have such stories, of course. But one can find those sorts of tales in countless books and numerous trite, platitudinal Hollywood yarns.

With that in mind, I propose to tell a number of very different sorts of stories – profiles, so to speak, in absurdity. That’s what war is, at root, an exercise in absurdity, and America’s hopeless post-9/11 wars are stranger than most. My own 18-year long quest to find some meaning in all the combat, to protect my troops from danger, push back against the madness, and dissent from within the army proved Kafkaesque in the extreme. Consider what follows just a survey of that hopeless journey...

The man was remarkable at one specific thing: pleasing his bosses and single-minded self-promotion. Sure he lacked anything resembling empathy, saw his troops as little more than tools for personal advancement, and his overall personality disturbingly matched the clinical definition of sociopathy. Details, details…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are many such stories, yet to be written, by competent, compassionate military leaders; and the more that this information becomes a big part of public "fabric of understanding" about the reasons for, and nature of, wars, I would like to hope that the American public will put full (and completely peaceful) pressure to bear against its government, to "cage the rage, and engage" with foreign governments to achieve their geopolitical objectives, without launching a missile, or firing a single shot.

I have many times volunteered to President Trump to found the first US Department of Peace, tasked with giving this country's government rational alternatives to war; unfortunately, such a US Department does not seem at all to his liking.

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