The U. S. military is causing more casualties than enemy fire due to corrupt military contractors, unsafe equipment, and poor intelligence

Armour piercing rounds that contain depleted uranium.

You love your country, you serve your country, you go to war, you return home, within one year you are dead because the Veteran’s Administration improperly diagnosed your illness, did not treat the real cause and failed to honor your claim for disability.

The U.S. uses ammunition rounds that contain depleted uranium in Iraq and Afghanistan causing a syndrome called, Gulf War illnesses or GWI. A wide range of acute and chronic symptoms have been linked to it, including fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, rashes, and diarrhea.

In addition, the allied NATO forces use open burning pits combined with jet fuel to burn every type of waste in these toxic open-air dumps, including batteries, appliances, vehicles, plastics, dead animals … even human body parts.

Remember the scandal that occurred when Humvees were being blown to bits due to poor design and inadequate protection? Not until the families of injured soldiers complained about the Humvees did the Pentagon finally increase the production Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. American troops have a 300% better chance of surviving an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) or road side bomb with the MRAPs than the Humvees.

Though these violations of basic safety procedures are serious enough, when combined with severe PTSD as evidenced by the current suicide rate among returning veterans which is 22 suicides per day it becomes a national shame and disgrace. Presidents and Congress eagerly send our young men and women to war by waving the American flag in front of them but where is the waving flag when it’s time to heal our veterans.

Toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a Marine officer in Vietnam, I clearly recall the droplets of Agent Orange that drifted over our equipment, bodies, and clothing. Of course, the Veteran’s Administration made it virtually impossible for veterans to claim any form of disability based on Agent Orange. It is still not considered a service-connected disability although there is a direct link between diabetes, diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), ED (erectile), and select forms of cancer. New studies are establishing correlations between Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange and their children who are showing higher rates of cancer, hypertension and neurological diseases than the general population.

U.S. soldiers secure the area next to a damaged U.S. mine resistant, ambush protected vehicle (MRAP), after a roadside bomb explosion during an operation in the area of Al-leg, some 40 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq on March 7, 2008. (Photo: AP)

And while my disappointment and anger at our own government for failing to take care of their own service men and women, my anger is nothing like the anger I feel toward our military leaders and their bosses on Capitol Hill who have ignored the scientifically based reports that these conditions are directly tied to our military operations in the Middle East. These men and women usually have spouses and children who depend on them. When they become unable to maintain their role as a bread-winner it causes tremendous feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and depression.

Let me make something perfectly clear. You or I have no arguments with the common people of Russia, China, North Korea or Syria. It is the corrupt and greedy leaders of both Western and Asian nations, especially oil-rich nations who do not cater to American Imperialism.  Why kill our sons and daughters so that your children stay safe and rich?  Why do the wealthy elite hate us? Were we not the ones that took care of your children, cooked your meals and picked your farm fields?

The time is coming when the masses will rise against their corrupt leaders. They have proven their incompetence, their lack of compassion and overt racism. “The last will be first and the first will be last.”

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