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I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately

By Brandon M. Toy
Stryker Engineering Project Management
General Dynamics Land Systems
Sterling Heights, Michigan

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency “dirty” wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/16-5

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Why?

Why would you throw down your arms?

No one drafted you into Baghdad? Seems you were all about taking and building Baghdad by force, and when you came home to throw down your arms?

That doesn't make sense to me.

I met Alexander Cockburn years ago, having been once a subscriber to Counterpunch. I asked him questions he refused to answer, and I didn't understand why he wouldn't answer, but I believe now that he didn't answer because the USA is under seige by the UK, which he is more loyal, being a globalist.

The UK has had the American colony fight it's wars for a long time, and still today, they make every excuse to have us fight their wars.

We are in wars now, and who benefits? China and the UK get the oil, while we get more enslaved.

I watched a documentary about Israel, and one IDF trooper said something that struck me.. he was responding to a question about Israel being so armed.. why does Israel feel it needs to be so armed? And he said, "We believe that had we been armed, there would have never been a holocast."

I think he is right.

And so here we have in the Counterpunch article a USA trooper who goes to fight FOR Baghdad, then makes profit off the war as a contractor FOR Baghdad (we are not getting that oil folks) and he returns and tells us to throw down our arms.

I don't get it.

Agreed

I completely concur with "We believe that had we been armed, there would have never been a holocast."

I might have misunderstood the intent of the suggestion to "throw down your weapons". I did not assume that it meant to surrender your weapons. Never.

People Believe What They WANT To

...What they NEED to.

(((Good Morning Granger)))

Some are desparate to believe....in something....ANYTHING!
While many posters/posers (as of late)
are donning their tin hats...calling "ZIONIST"!!! and being real paranoid.........
......................They totally swallow this "all-too-incredible"tale.

YEAH! RIGHT!
Hey everybody!...Throw down your weapons! Give up your guns!
Take care, and be well.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Cheers!!!

((((Good morning Danton!))))

I say "Cheers" as you and I deserve a little toast reguarding a post made about someone who became a common enemy which united us.

If anyone on DP KNOWS how I simply say what I think despite all collective opinion on DP, it is you, as we once fought over that someone. I did not understand that someone, and I defended that someone's right to have their say on DP as that someone was being attacked, and I didn't understand, and those attacks didn't help me understand, so I fought for my right to understand, not what I WANT, but what it is... and I saw what it was.. that someone began attacking me. But WE wound up being right, despite what some of those who stood by that someone (having no skin on the line as I did) had to say.

So, "CHEERS!" I will take care and be well, as we continue our live's journey arms in arms, low roads and high roads, to freedom.

Respect

I have the utmost respect for men and women who are true to duty as the needle to the pole and who will stand up for principle though the heavens fall. When the whistle was blown, he did not make excuses for the gross misconduct and overreach of government, and its unjust wars.

I salute you, Sir.

I am hoping and praying that more and more government employees and contractors of the MIC will join him by resigning, and "putting down their weapons".

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BUMP.

BUMP.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I concure.

This needs to stay UP!

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Looks like this man DOES care about his name and his HONOR

Looks like this man DOES care about his name and his HONOR, in his future.

I can only salute and applaud the courage of his decision for his moving out, there, in the direction he has chosen his morality to be geared to.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

You sir ....

.... are a GREAT AMERICAN!!! I salute you!

i Salute You

This is revolutionary !

More power to you

for sticking to your principles. Your sentiment about foot solders throwing down their weapons to end war is wonderful fantasy. But if they truly did throw down their weapons then they would just be defeated. I guess it would end a war, just not in the happy way the idea implies.

Just sayin.

Im a bit more hazy on two

Im a bit more hazy on two armies meeting, who are BOTH upset their respective governments are herding them into war over something they dont trust or agree with

i dont expect this scenario, or at least, i consider, unlikely or very rarely this scenario to happen, but still possible

Very Good Vid

Something I'm hoping would wake up my buddies who are still serving. Not asking them to do what the 'Nam vets did, but to at least open their minds up some more. Thanks for the post.

And we got our asses kicked.

Until the last chopper lifted off with as many people as it could carry. That is what happens when you quit. Just like I said.

Still just sayin.

There are so many here who read more into comments than are being said. Emotionalizm runs rampant here lately. Next thing you are going to accuse me of being pro war or something.

Did you watch the Link I posted?

We lost because the war wasn't meant to be won, it was only meant to be FOUGHT.

When the soldiers figured that out, it was OVER.

Indeed, Emotionally Charged Responses..

...Versus Informative, intelligent discussion.

As you stated:" Emotionalizm runs rampant here lately."

I wonder whether this story is meant to evoke an emotional response.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Bravo

BE the change you wish to see in the world.

This is a man with real

Balls!
Edward who?

With all due respect Jill.

Without whistle blowers this man would not have had the information to make this informed decision. Might be worth a little time rethinking your position.

Sorry base1

and with all due respect, for me, the jury is still out on the Edward Snowden whistle blow. Too many unanswered questions, too many shady characters in the back ground.
Bradly Manning is a different story....I believe that he was "set up to fail".....maybe Edward Snowden has been too?

Thanks D

You are correct Sir.