Monday, May 19, 2008

An Appeal to Admiral Fallon on Iran

By Ray McGovern
May 19, 2008

Dear Admiral Fallon,

I have not been able to find out how to reach you directly, so I drafted this letter in the hope it will be brought to your attention.

First, thank you for honoring the oath we commissioned officers take to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic. At the same time, you have let it be known that you do not intend to speak, on or off the record, about Iran.

But our oath has no expiration date. While you are acutely aware of the dangers of attacking Iran, you seem to be allowing an inbred reluctance to challenge the commander in chief to trump that oath, and to prevent you from letting the American people know of the catastrophe about to befall us if, as seems likely, our country attacks Iran.

Read on.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If Adm. Fallon truly has the integrity with which you credit him, he will speak out in spite of the personal ramifications. Sadly, I have little faith in the above.

Karen Husemeyer Boerboom said...

As an college student I was disturbed by the,in my mind, the not constutional sending of "advisors" to Vietnam. A year or so later I joined the US Air Force. While my 90 day wonder training as an officer took place, we went to war against North Vietnam. Friends ended up in the Hanoi Hilton. Years later, the 12th amendment to the constitution was violated [no 2 people from the same state can be elected President/Vice President]; the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The fix was in. The US Supreme Court appointed Bush/Cheney to reside in the White House. You know the rest of the story. Will you be silent now or will you speak out against an attack on Iran? The choice and responsibility is it yours? Is it possible that one person speaking out can galvanize a movement to oppose an attack on Iran? As an college student I was disturbed by the, in my mind, the not constutional sending of "advisors" to Vietnam. A year or so later I joined the US Air Force. While my 90 day wonder training as an officer took place, we went to war against North Vietnam. Friends ended up in the Hanoi Hilton. Years later, the 12th amendment to the constitution was violated [no 2 people from the same state can be elected President/Vice President]; the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The fix was in. The US Supreme Court appointed Bush/Cheney to reside in the White House. You know the rest of the story. Will you be silent now or will you speak out against an attack on Iran? The choice and responsibility is it yours? Is it possible that one person speaking out can galvanize a movement to oppose an attack on Iran? Could you be that person?

Anonymous said...

Hi Ray,

Good points.
I knew Fox Fallon and served under him in the 80's. He is truly an amazing human being.

There is no doubt in my mind that there is much more that he and other retired, or not, Armed Forces members are doing to help this situation from reaching another catastrophe (as in Iraq).

Have faith, one of the nations best is on the case.

Best Regards "Echelon" Spooky" "Cool Hand" "Corvette" "Mahogany" "Bill"

Anonymous said...

More inconvenient truth from Ray McGovern.

Let's hope Admiral Fallon either accepts Ray's encouragement or lets us know why not.

George Collins
Goffstown, NH