>More of This Kind of Courage is Needed, Part III

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner ordered about 200 Marines who traveled from Grand Rapids, Michigan to halt their military exercises and leave his city, according to news accounts.

The armed Marines — members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines from Grand Rapids, Michigan — were in Toledo to participate in an urban warfare training exercise, one of several planned across the nation by the Pentegon.

According to sources in Toledo, the city’s police commanders, including Chief Jack Smith, were aware of the urban warfare training, but the mayor was kept in the dark.

Brian Schwartz, Mayor Finkbeiner’s spokesman, told local TV news reporters that “the mayor asked [the Marines] to leave because they frighten people. He did not want them practicing and drilling in a highly visible area [of his city].”

Good idea mayor Finkbeiner, but for the wrong reason. Here is the right reason:

“Why are these Marines training in US cities? Why aren’t they training in Afghanistan or Iraq or somewhere outside of the continental US? Why do American cities need this kind of attention by our military leaders?” asks conservative political strategist Michael Baker of New Jersey.

“Americans — people who are always there to support their fighting men and women — should be willing to draw a line separating what’s acceptable and what’s unacceptable when it comes to military operations in their own backyard,” adds Baker.

Right on Mr. Baker. Even though the Cheney / Bush Administration would like to over ride the hundred thirty year old Posse Comitatus Act, doesn’t mean we Americans have to let them.

“One retired military officer who requested anonymity believes they are performing “Urban Warfare Training” in American cities because they are expecting something big to happen soon. There are four rationales US government officials will use to justify their violation of the Posse Comitatus Act 1, monitory [sic] collapse 2, health emergency such as a pandemic 3, an attack on America or 4, large scale rebellion against globalization. {or the Iraqi war or attacking Iran or the illegal immigrants invading our country, etc, etc.]

“Americans are an understanding people for the most part and will support the government trying to protect them from a serious threat. However, Americans should be more skeptical about the use of military forces to conduct what are basically police and humanitarian operations,” he said.

“Granted there are political leaders who may have good intentions during a crisis, but many of the politicians in the United States today have ulterior motives,” said Mike Baker.”

Right again Mr. Baker. Maybe, just maybe, the American sheeple are starting to wake up.

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