HEROES/VILLAINS–IT’S YOUR CHOICE

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Did any military men and women die today because of defense secrets leaked by Edward Snowden?  Does anybody know?  Does anybody care?  Edward Snowden’s considered a folk hero in some circles–like Jesse James, Bonnie and Clyde.

The aforementioned were bank robbers–stole other people’s money.  Snowden fled the country with stolen defense secrets.  I’m tired of political attack ads–just like everyone else.  The final straw for me–Edward Snowden, used by a conservative candidate to make political hay.

Edward Snowden, I no more consider a hero, than Jane Fonda, when she hobnobbed with the North Vietnamese during another unpopular war.  Mr. Snowden, exiled by his own choice, leaked defense secrets–secrets about tactics in Afghanistan and Iraq.

How was that not treasonous?  I don’t know if his motives  were  altruistic.  He stood up to alleged United States Government overreaches.  Shouldn’t he suffer the consequences of his actions–whether or not he agreed with foreign policy?

Why do documents continue to be leaked to the media?  That’s the characterization of a carefully orchestrated publicity stunt.  Heroes don’t run.  Would Mr. Snowden be willing to die for his beliefs?  I’m not convinced that he would be.

Military enlistees  “…do solemnly swear that they will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

These young men and women deserve better, than to be considered collateral damage in Snowden’s campaign against the government. Politicians should choose their bedfellows more carefully.  Snowden’s no hero of mine.

On a related topic, how many deaths have there been in the name of political expediency?  Far too many–in all the wars to end all wars, and the world is still a scary place.

I hope everyone exercised their right to vote today.  Even if you didn’t agree with what I’ve said.  It really does matter!

 

Author: warturoadam77p

70 year old married retired communications worker with three grown children, transplanted from the Midwest to the sunny Gulf Coast.

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