What general said that? Major Gen. Smedley Butler, a decorated WWI general, did so in 1935. His entire essay is here.
Like Cindy's son, Casey, I was an Eagle Scout and often refer to Boy Scouts as the junior military. We were organized in patrols with troop leaders and taught to stand at attention, salute those in higher positions, and not to question authority. Sure, we did some good community service projects, such as clean up creeks and abandoned cemeteries.
But we also had it drummed into us to be loyal to the USA and carry out whatever mission we were handed without question. We sung songs that referred to homeless people as "bums." We wrote letters to then-President Nixon supporting his escalation of the war on Vietnam, although we were not told the truth about Nixon's escalation of that war.
The brainwashing was such that by age 18 I thought I had to volunteer for the marines to carry out my duties as a good citizen. I went through the recruiting process, aced the tests, and took the physical. But something made me stop at that point and enroll in a college. And that's when my real education began, after I wrote a story on someone who questioned the government's version of who killed JFK.
work against power-mad empire supporters. I'm not sure the UN even does that these days.
I want him to be strong, to stand up for his beliefs, and know that in doing that, strength doesn't have to be measured in terms of who has the biggest weapons. It often takes more courage to buck the tide and choose not to fight in an offensive, empire-driven war than to go
along with your peers.
Where do you learn that? Maybe through reading essays like Gen. Butler's and Cindy Sheehan's.