During graduation ceremonies at West Point, villainous cur, Dick Cheney croaked a speech at the future leaders of America's Army. Not content to honour the dedication, sacrifice and achievement of these young officers, he took the opportunity to sow the seeds of dishonour, evil and ignorance among them. As Vice President of the United States, it behooves Cheney to at least pay lip service to the values that the instructors have worked so hard to instill. He even lists the seven core values of the Army officer, "loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage". He then goes on to take a shit on those values by questioning the Geneva Conventions.
"As Army officers on duty in the war on terror, you will now face enemies who oppose and despise everything you know to be right, every notion of upright conduct and character, and every belief you consider worth fighting for and living for. Capture one of these killers, and he'll be quick to demand the protections of the Geneva Convention and the Constitution of the United States. Yet when they wage attacks or take captives, their delicate sensibilities seem to fall away. These are men who glorify murder and suicide. Their cruelty is not rebuked by human suffering, only fed by it. They have given themselves to an ideology that rejects tolerance, denies freedom of conscience, and demands that women be pushed to the margins of society. The terrorists are defined entirely by their hatreds, and they hate nothing more than the country you have volunteered to defend."
How fucking dare he? What values remain in western civilization are defended at great cost by these young men and women. Their lives and bodies will be placed on the line and imperiled by his administration's foolhardy escapades. This was not a graduating class of Waffen SS officers. To even suggest that these officers go into combat with a question as to the validity and necessity of the Geneva Conventions is a disavowal of all that America purports to stand for. In these remarks, Cheney suborns treason, encouraging a gross lack of faith in lawful treaties signed by the sovereign government of the United States of America.
Not content to undermine the values and honour of soldier and state, he goes on to lie through his vulgar teeth.
"The terrorists know what they want and they will stop at nothing to get it. By force and intimidation, they seek to impose a dictatorship of fear, under which every man, woman, and child lives in total obedience to their ideology. Their ultimate goal is to establish a totalitarian empire, a caliphate, with Baghdad as its capital. They view the world as a battlefield and they yearn to hit us again. And now they have chosen to make Iraq the central front in their war against civilization."
They have chosen? Perhaps if Cheney and his ideological bedmates hadn't rolled out the blood drenched welcome matt of illegal war and pre-emptive murder. The good men and women of West Point and those under their command would not be destined for the killing fields of Iraq. A land that posed no threat to America. A land that, for all of its faults, denied and opposed the goals of Bin Laden and al Qaeda. If there is a regime that seeks world domination and adherence to a totalitarian goal, it is that of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. The criminal enterprise currently occupying the White House have abandoned efforts to capture the perpetrators of 9/11. They have shut down the CIA's unit dedicated to capturing Osama Bin Laden. They have created the hell storm that has befallen the innocent population of Iraq, cost more than 3,000 American service men and women their lives and plundered the treasure of America for a war based on lies.
"In Iraq today, the al Qaeda network that struck America is one of the elements trying to destroy a democratic government. They are surging their capabilities, attacking Iraqi and American forces, and killing innocent civilians. America is fighting this enemy in Iraq because that is where they have gathered. We are there because, after 9/11, we decided to deny terrorists any safe haven. We are there because, having removed Saddam Hussein, we promised not to allow another dictator to rise in his place."
In Iraq today, Cheney's spiteful ignorance has erupted into a sectarian civil war. The al Qaeda network that was behind the attacks of 9/11 continues to work toward their goals from the frontiers of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It continues to be funded by Saudi interests and has only grown in strength and influence through the imperial arrogance and mindless actions of Cheney and Bush and their fellows. Iraq is not where the enemy has gathered, Iraq is where the enemies of America are being created and converted, not by the charisma of Bin Laden, but by the actions, policies and madness sown by America's leaders.
"Last night, President Bush signed into law the war supplemental that we worked hard to achieve. As we look to the future, I want to say this to the graduates, and to all the men and women of the Corps, and to the families gathered in this stadium today: Whatever lies ahead, the United States Army will have all the equipment, supplies, manpower, training, and support essential to victory. I give you this assurance on behalf of the President. You soldier for him, and he will soldier for you."
All of the equipment, except up-armoured vehicles, body armour, clean food and water and a sufficiency of rest, re-equipment and retraining between deployments. Mr. Cheney, your assurances and those of the petulant fool in chief are worth less than the paper you wipe with. These young men and women have undertaken the path of duty and honour. That a man like Dick Cheney, who made every effort to avoid service and who lives without honour, lies to their faces is a stinking shame. That he uses the opportunity to undermine their hard won honour, by bringing the Geneva Conventions under question, is a fucking crime. These young officers deserve better.