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10 Simple Things Pentagon Generals Should Know But Apparently Don’t

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The author is a Major (Retired) of the US Air Force and a Human Security advocate

1) War Powers:

“Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war. The President, meanwhile, derives the power to direct the military AFTER a Congressional declaration of war from Article II, Section 2, which names the President Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces."

2) Presidential Violation of the U.S. Constitution:

Obama launches thousands of strikes on Iraq and Syria without congressional approval.

3) Congressional Dereliction of Duties:

U.S. can't bomb Syrian forces without Congressional approval.

4) International Law:

The set of rules generally regarded and accepted as binding in relations between states and between nations.

5) U.S. Political-Military-Industrial Clusterfluck in Syria:

6) Turkeylifors Jinx:  

The once proud Pentagon war eagle has been self-transformed into gobbling turkey by the U.S. military's unending blind allegiance to political puppets (serving their greedy corporate master’s pursuit of oil wealth and power throughout the Middle East).  Big mouth B.S. filled politicians from the United States have consistently shown themselves unable to walk their campaign’s promises or administration’s talk and spin (i.e. lies) regarding lawful and just application of U.S. military force.

7) Treason:  

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen may soon be asking themselves - what is more treasonous than betrayal of the laws of the land, the will of the people, and the long term security of the United States of America?  

8) Warriors:

Real warriors are able to identify who is the true enemy of their nation and do not tolerate threats to, and violations of, the U.S. Constitution.

9) Blowback:

Unintended consequences of offensive operations that are suffered by the aggressor.

10) A Moment of Reckoning Is Approaching:

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