West Point Graduates Against The War


Richard Moore

Date: Sat, 13 May 2006 18:10:21 +0800
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West Point Graduates Against The War: Now Is The Time
by James Ryan

      Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war,
      That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
      With carrion men, groaning for burial.
      Julius Caesar


We members of West Point Graduates Against The War  stand appalled at the 
deceitful behavior of the government of the United States and, in particular, 
its widely known malefactors. Their lying, cheating, stealing, and rendition of 
evasive statements not only has demeaned these deceivers and our country, but 
they have placed vast numbers of innocent people in deadly peril as a direct 
result of their deceptions. We will not serve these lies, that is, we will not 
work for, be a servant to, provide for, assist, or promote the interests of this
dishonorable administration. By remaining silent we tacitly serve; we are no 
longer silent.

The illegal assault and occupation in Iraq has killed tens of thousands of 
innocents, both American, Iraqi, and others, causing incalculable damage to Iraq
and the Iraqi people, as well as the reputation and honor of the United States 
of America.

The behavior of this administration is particularly odious since it makes 
mockery of  the code of conduct instilled in us at West Point. "A cadet will not
lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do." This has provided us with a 
lifelong respect for the truth,  and a sense of responsibility to do the right 
thing, even if that means admonishing our country's leadership.

Our position may be counter to the opinion of many of our fellow graduates. Our 
views are most probably not the views of the official institution that is West 
Point. It does its work, we ours. Yet, we are undeniably full-blown products of 
that place, trademarked by the West Point way of behavior. "Duty, Honor, 
Country," the motto of the Academy, our watchwords, as well. And we express our 
views as an organization of graduates, as retired generals of similar pedigree 
express their own. The difference? There are more of us than there are generals.


Admiral John Paul Jones, the father of the American navy, said it best. "I would
lay down my life for America, but I cannot trifle with my honor." This 
administration has done neither. Chicken hawks in wolves' clothing, they have 
been derelict in duty, honor, and country.

Consider their sending under-equipped troops into battle under false pretenses, 
the widely-known ignoring of  Second Amendment protections of the Constitution, 
the "quaintness" of the Geneva Convention, or Colin Powell's ill-starred, 
mendacious UN presentation. Their lies and misleading statements, detailed in so
many places, have become epic. They tried to make their case. They failed. Facts
and time have proven these people untrustworty and incompetent. They lied, tens 
of thousands died, and that is a moral tragedy.

Shamelessly, the president of the United States mocks his own deceitful behavior
at White House Correspondents' Dinners. People have perished from his infamous 
words, and he and his ilk, and the ilk of journalists, all guffaw and wink and 
preen. Duty, Honor, Country?  Be serious.


We are graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York 
who are against the war in Iraq, and any other future wars similarly premised. 
Our ranks include sons, daughters, and spouses of deceased graduates. All of us 
stand in common cause against the deceitful policies and lies of the Bush 
administration. We are heartened by supporters from all over the world, but 
particularly the American taxpayers who gave and maintain the life of the 
institution that bore us into the adult world of service to our country. And, in
that spirit, we now act.

We are not politicians, professional media pundits, retired generals, 
peace-at-any-price activists, conscientious objectors, Communists or traitors. 
We seek to overthrow nothing. Except the pattern of deceit by this 
administration that has so sorely damaged this country, its standing in the 
world, and the world itself.

We have no historic legacy of public life that we are out to maintain because we
have had no public life. We are ordinary people, forged by one unforgettable 
unifying experience - West Point. We studied there, we trained there, we were 
inspired there. We are the voice of a growing band of men and women, graduates 
of West Point, not perfect people, but honorable. And we speak for the many who,
because of their circumstance, are reluctant or unable to speak.

We call likeminded graduates of West Point to stand with us and speak out 
against the deceitful policies of this administration, and the resulting 
destruction of the honor of the United States, and the dissipation of its 

Alarum and call to action

Say no to preventive war. Heed President Eisenhower's words. "When people speak 
to you about a preventive war," he said, "you tell them to go and fight it."

Say no to torture. Demand that the United States government respect the 
conventions of war. We must lead by example, preserving some aspect of humanity 
in the carnage and devastation. Today, we gaze into the abyss of perpetual war. 
Be aware, as Nietzsche warned, "If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also
into you."

Say no to the trashing of the honor of our country. Stay the forked tongues of 
this deplorable administration.

This is not a partisan issue. Both sides of the legislative chambers have aided 
and abetted this corrupt administration. We exhort everyone to stand with us and
to write to their political representatives. We will do the same. Tell them that
you don't appreciate their silence on these vital issues. Tell them to support 
and defend the Constitution as they have sworn to do. Demand honorable behavior 
from all public officials. Tell them how you feel about what THEY have allowed 
to happen to our country. And tell them that we, West Point Graduates Against 
The War, sent you. Tell them that we stand with you.  It's the truth!

"Now is the time!" Martin Luther King said long ago. Indeed, NOW is the time.

We live on the precipice of yet another "arranged" war. This time it's Iran. As 
in Iraq, the demonization is well underway. The dogs of war are foaming and 
gnashing. Deja vu all over again, or, as we used to say at West Point, S.O.S, 
"Same Old Stuff," or words to that effect.

And all this in the name of homeland security. Please be serious. As Dwight 
Eisenhower said, "If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison.
They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an 
American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he 
must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government."

Today, we have clear intimations of just such a government. We think that 
Americans are not so easily cowed, and that the vast majority demands far more 
than a diet of false statements, and confinement in endless, immoral wars.

New voices can change the world. They always have. Stand with us!

James Ryan

Cofounder: West Point Graduates Against The War

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