Some Dare Call It Treason
- Some Dare Call It Treason: Wake Up America!
by Dr. Robert Bowman, USAF Ret.
April 27, 2004
I am a member of Veterans For Peace, an organization of thousands of
combat veterans. All of us have put our life on the line for this
country. Most of us opposed the recent invasion of Iraq. We also
opposed the first Gulf War, and the sanctions that followed. We
opposed the slaughter of fleeing Iraqis on the Road to Basra. We
opposed the use of Depleted Uranium munitions. And we opposed the
lies upon which the first Gulf War was based. But there was one good
thing about that first Gulf War. It ended. And without a wholesale
invasion of Iraq. Why?
Here's what the first President Bush wrote about that in his memoirs:
Trying to eliminate Saddam would have incurred incalculable human and
political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We would
have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. There
was no viable exit strategy we could see, violating another of our
principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a
pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in
and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations
mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response
to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion
route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying
power in a bitterly hostile land.
My brothers and sisters, it is just too darn bad his son can't read!
I've been severely criticized for speaking out in opposition to this
war. So have you, probably. We're told that we're aiding and abetting
the enemy. We're told that we should support the president no matter
what. We're told that patriotism demands that we support the war.
They say that we're abusing the freedoms that our troops are in the
Middle East defending. They say we should be ashamed to be protesting
while the troops are in the desert protecting our right to do so.
Well I say, Hogwash!
I feel an affinity for the troops over there in Iraq. They are my
comrades in arms. I admire their sense of honor and sacrifice. I
understand why some of them believe they should be there. They have
neither the experience nor the wisdom to see past the lies they have
been told. The truth is, they are not over there protecting our
freedoms. Our freedoms are not under attack from Saddam Hussein or
the remnants of his Baathist party. Our freedoms are under attack by
John Ashcroft. They are threatened by John Poindexter. They are
trampled by Donald Rumsfeld. They are disdained by Dick Cheney. And
they are not even understood by George W. Bush. The battle to
preserve our freedoms is not taking place in Baghdad and Tikrit. It
is taking place in Central Park in New York City, in Lafayette Park
in Washington DC, in Ghirardelli Park in San Francisco, and in River
Front Park in Melbourne, Florida. The front lines go right down US 1
and up New Haven Avenue.
It is we, here at home, who are the foot soldiers battling to
preserve our cherished freedoms by exercising them, in spite of
opposition and ridicule. It is we who protect our civil rights
through speaking out. We are the Minutemen sounding the alarm against
tyranny. We are upholding the spirit of the American Revolution. We
are preserving the freedoms that the troops in the desert have a
right to come back to. The troops getting shot at in Iraq are not
protecting us. We are protecting them, and their honor and their
freedoms. We have just completed a forced march through hostile
territory to defend their freedoms and ours, and the ideals America
was founded on. We are protecting this nation by speaking truth to
power. Let us do it loudly and fearlessly and courageously and
joyfully, for we are the true patriots!
Here is the truth that we proclaim. This war has nothing to do with
national security or freedom or democracy or human rights or
protecting our allies or weapons of mass destruction or defeating
terrorism or disarming Iraq. It has to do with money. It has to do
with oil. And it has to do with raw imperial power. It is based on a
pack of lies. And it is wrong. Those who forced this war on an
unwilling world are guilty of flagrantly violating the US
Constitution, the UN Charter, and international law. What they have
done is illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and TREASON.
It's been said that somewhere in Texas there is a village looking for
their idiot. Now that may be funny, but it misses the point. George
W. Bush is not an imbecile. He is a TRAITOR.
Before this war started, we knew it would fracture NATO, split the
United Nations, separate us from our allies, and destroy the great
nation we inherited from our fathers who died in World War II. And it
has. We knew it would make our beloved country feared and hated, an
outcast from the world community, a pariah among the peoples, and the
number one rogue nation on earth. And it has. It has done so based on
a pack of lies. My sisters and brothers, that is not stupidity. That
We knew this sadistic corporate war would incense the Arab world,
provide thousands of new Osama bin Ladens, and enormously increase
the terrorist threat. And it has. We knew it would further endanger
the American people and destroy our national security. And it has.
That is not stupidity, it is TREASON.
The cabal of neoconservatives at the Project For a New American
Century who planned this war (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Libby,
Perle, Jeb Bush) even before W became president, knew the American
people would not stand for it unless there was a new Pearl Harbor.
9/11 supplied that. Our government was warned. They were warned by
the Clinton Administration. They were warned by 11 other countries.
And they were specifically warned by an FBI agent that one of them
was planning on flying a hijacked airliner into the World Trade
They not only ignored the warnings, they made sure no fighter jets
were scrambled to stop it. If they had just done nothing, and allowed
normal procedures to be followed, the Twin Towers would still be
standing and thousands of dead Americans would still be alive. This
is not stupidity, it is TREASON.
As a combat veteran, I will not stand idly by and watch our security
destroyed by a president who went AWOL rather than fight in Vietnam.
Honor requires that I call this by its right name. It is TREASON.
As one who has devoted his life to the security of this country, I
will not stand by and watch an appointed president send our sons and
daughters around the world to kill Arabs for the oil companies
without calling it by its right name. It is TREASON.
I joined the Air Force to protect our borders and our people, not the
financial interests of Folgers, Chiquita Banana, and Exxon. We've had
enough corporate wars. No more Iraqs. No more El Salvadors. No more
Kosovos. No more Colombias. These are not isolated incidents of
stupidity. They are part of a long, bloody history of foreign policy
being conducted for the financial benefit of the wealthy few. It is a
new colonialism. It violates our Constitution. It endangers our
people. And it is TREASON.
As a pilot who flew 101 combat missions in Vietnam, I can tell you
that the best thing our government can do for its combat veterans is
to quit making more of them. Peace is patriotic; a preemptive war is
immoral, illegal, unconstitutional, a war crime, and TREASON. I swore
to uphold the Constitution of the United States against all enemies
foreign and domestic. That includes a renegade president. Wake up,
America! It is time for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld,
and the whole oil mafia to be removed from office and indicted for
TREASON. We are the people. We are sovereign. We are the patriots.
The whole world is with us. Never allow anyone to intimidate you into
silence. Wake up, America! It's time to speak truth to power. God
bless America, and God save us from the traitors in our government.
Dr. Robert Bowman was a colonel in the US Air Force and was Director
of Advanced Space Programs Development under President Jimmy Carter.
He is Presiding Archbishop, United Catholic Church. He has been
president of the Institute for Space and Security Studies since 1982.
Before that he was vice-president of Space Communications Company;
manager, Advanced Space Programs for General Dynamics; and director,
Advanced Space Programs Development for the Department of Defense,
directing the "Star Wars" programs. He is also a progressive populist
candidate for President of the United States. He may be reached via
email at: isss@.... See also his web site:
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