"It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen," Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class of West Point on Saturday, "Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq." This speech comes just a day after the Pentagon confirmed 1,500 more American troops will be deployed to the Middle East.
"Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere … When that day comes, I know you will move to the sound of the guns." Pence warned the 980 newly commissioned second lieutenants. We know Pence spoke with Juan Guaido the night before he declared himself President of Venezuela almost igniting a civil war in the country. Guaido has since had several failed attempts to overthrow Maduro, it seems the only way to get Maduro out of power would be with an invasion of a US coalition. Let’s hope Pence doesn’t get his wish of this class serving in our hemisphere.
Pence went on, "As you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. Mr. Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have."
If President Trump was truly the best friend of the men and women of our armed forces, 1,500 more of them would not be on their way to the Middle East right now. He would actually have ended our wars in Syria and Afghanistan like he said he was going to. The 2019 class included 233 women and 110 African Americans. How about we don’t celebrate this diversity by sending them off to die in pointless wars Mr. Vice President?
Dave DeCamp is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn NY, focusing on US Foreign policy and wars. He is on Twitter at @decampdave.
27 thoughts on “Pence Promises Combat to West Point Class”
Amen, Mr. DeCamp!
Pence said: “ Mr. Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have.”
Can President Pence make it any more clear who is in charge of the foreign policy?
Also, Trump already said he was Israel’s best friend. Can’t have two BFF’s.
Leave it to the US Army to make fools of themselves again and again. I hope these West Point grads read this.
Even a war closer to us than those we already support??? Nobody is attacking us, so it won’t be self-defense.
The wars against Islamic terrorists really are such a success too, Mr Pence.
Great to have a Christian perspective on Love your Neighbor.
Not Islamic terrorists, but more correctly Muslim terrorists. There is a huge difference/distinction–just as a Christian can be a terrorist, however Christianity does not call for terrorism.
Even a war closer to us than those we already support???”That was a reference to Venezuela.
“Great to have a Christian perspective on Love your Neighbor.”
Don’t forget this Mark Twain classic:
The War Prayer
To the curious, I do not believe I am being blasphemous, I believe Pence is.
Probably almost all of them just wanted the benefits, education and cash.
So much for that idea.
I’m sure that most of them were not thinking deep thoughts when crazy Pence addressed them. My guess is that they were on their cell phones, posting, “WTF, I didn’t sign up for this!”
The War corporations puppet promises more US killings and destruction.
DamnNEOCON CHICKENHAWKS…never been in war…but have no qualms sending other peoples husbands and sons, daughters, to war…screw them. IMPEACH THEM. GIVE THEM AN AR 16 SEND THEM TO THEIR FAILED WARS.
I’m wondering whatever happened to that 100+ years we had of non-intervention in other nations’ business? Whatever happened to ‘free trade with all, entangling alliances with none’? Whatever happened to not going abroad in search of monsters? If we ran this joint like the Founding Fathers had intended, these boys and girls might never have to fight AT ALL. I’m sure all the FF’s are vomiting in their graves over what we’ve done to their dream.
John,,You mean what ever happened to ‘Fair Trade’…….you like taking it up the A## by Corporate America and China working together to destroy your standard of living derived from your having a job? Trump is right as hell on his unfair trade fight.
Fucking weirdo ….
Finally a politician that will keep his promises.
400 congressional toadies have just signed on to more war to achieve vague, amorphous goals. Actually, when war in the ME is proposed for mysterious reasons, it’s all about drinking Israel’s bathwater. Rule of thumb. Possible alternative or supplementary objective: advance the interests of salafists wherever poissible.
Pence to West Point graduating class:”And here’s a penny for your thoughts–some of you, perhaps many of you, will come back in body-bags.”
Did Pence serve? No??,,Then F##k you VP Pence and all other Chicken Hawk war mongers!
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Is he going to hit that cadet in the stomach?
I think branding the Iran elite troops as terrorists makes it possible for war mongers like Pence and others to bypass congress when they decide to attack Iran. This US government has an evil appetite for blood and never gets enough.
Your benevolent country will not shrink from giving you the priviledge and honour to have your legs blown off, loose an eye and suffer years of PTSD for the elite bankers who see you as a means to enrich themselves and attain total control over your insignificant life.
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