ZERO PLUS 1238 DAY--New York, NY, Tuesday, February
to the Joints Chiefs of Staff isn't as hard as one might imagine.
It comes down to licking a stamp.
I delivered a message to
the Joints Chiefs of Staff (JCS) today. Copies of it went to
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard B. Myers,
U.S. Air Force; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
General Peter Pace, Marine Corps; General Peter J. Schoomaker,
Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; Admiral Vern Clark, Chief of
Naval Operations; General John P. Jumper, Chief of Staff of
the U.S. Air Force; and General Michael W. Hagee, Commandant
of the Marine Corps.
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard B. Myers
These are the chief Sentinels
of Vigilance, the leaders of the armedforces who order troops
General Richard B. Myers,
Chairman of the JCS, reports directly to the Commander-in-Chief,
the President of the United States, and serves as his military
advisor. The Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, is on the
top of the command list also.
As of 2003, the total active
duty and reserve military represented 1.4 million. Below is
the breakdown by service and the number of women in each branch.
Active Duty and Reserves
Number of Women
All Services 1.4 million
Navy 385,000 56,000
Air Force 368,000 71,000
Marine Corps 174,000 10,000
In addition, there are 38,000 members of the Coast
Guard under the dominion of Homeland Security.
meeting in the "war room"
The importance of the JCS is that they send American
men and women into battle, and some, to their death. In Iraq,
150,000 U.S. troops stand in harms way. In the JCS "war
room" is a giant map that lists the strategy of the armed
forces and includes not only our count of wounded and dead,
missing in action and prisoners of war, but also the devistating
statistics to the enemy.
Little is known publicly about the role of these
JCS members because civilians eclipse their role in the media
spotlight. The President and Secretary of Defense consume headlines
and camera lenses, but the real work of Vigilance is conducted
by the JCS.
As military leaders, their primary goal is to
protect the freedom of America. And, should there ever be a
coup in the United States as there have been in almost every
nation in the world, it would be launched by the Joint Chiefs
Ultimately, they are more powerful than the President
because they have the guns and bombs and bullets.
Not many people think of power in this way. They
think that a person who is an elected leader has the power.
However, if the military isn't on your side, you have no power
because there is no way to enforce what you say.
The Ukraine is a good example. Recently there
was a battle between the prime minister and an incumbent vying
to become president. The national elections were considered
to be "rigged" in favor of the prime minister who
represented the eastern part of the Ukraine, the part leaning
most toward Russian influence. His opponent represented a more
Western, liberal, stance.
The recent election in
the Ukraine is an example of the military ultimately being
on the winning side
Thousands of citizens in Kiev rallied to voice
their rejection of the election and a national crisis ensued.
The military, comprising mostly former KGB military personnel
and historically favoring the conservative hard-line Russian
viewpoint, held the decisive power in its hand. One general
ordered his tanks and men to head toward Kiev to break up the
Such an action would have led to major bloodshed.
The politicians were powerless. In the final analysis,
the decision regarding who would rule the Ukraine was not a
matter of democracy--who's right or wrong--but a matter of brute
force: who has the most guns, most bullets.
The rogue general heading toward Kiev was called
down by a group of generals who had more collective power than
the rogue. In other words, their bombs and bullets were greater
than the rogue's. In a reversal of expectations, the military
backed the Western incumbent and kept order while a new election
American power doesn't rest with the White House
as most would like to think. It resides in the armories of the
armed forces and the JCS and Secretary of Defense hold the keys
to that locker.
If, for example, the President of the United States
were to put America in such a risky position that its security
was at risk, the JCS could rally and turn its weapons against
the White House.
Ultimately, the future of America's safety and
security depends on the fairness of the JCS to respect the constitutional
knows the Joint Chiefs...
of America's safety
But, every administration knows they are a watchdog.
In the pages of history, countless leaders have fallen under
the swords of the military. It's like walking down the street
unarmed and getting into a shouting match with some one who
has a loaded gun stuffed into their belt. If disagreement reaches
a certain point where violence erupts, who has the edge?
That's why I've written the Joint Chiefs of Staff
a letter thanking them for being our nation's Sentinels of Vigilance.
I wrote the President and his staff such a letter
and didn't get any response. It was a bit embarrassing to think
that the President's staff might send me a standard thank you,
one of those pre-printed envelopes that automatically is sent
to any citizen who writes to the White House and offers suggestions,
advice and praise.
wonder if the Presidents's staff should study up on manners
I did receive one response from a sub-sub associate
of one of the people on my mailing list. The other eleven, from
the President down, didn't bother to respond.
It made me wonder why anyone would write the President
or his staff, only to be brushed aside with indifference.
If I were the leader of a nation and someone wrote
me about important issues concerning my country, I would at
least acknowledge receipt of that information, if for no other
reason than as a courtesy, a matter of civility.
Then I realized that the President is not the
Sentinel of Vigilance. At best, he is a salesman, promoting
what he thinks is best. When he goes, and all Presidents do,
the JCS is still there, commanding tens of thousands and keeping
our shores safe.
I am hoping they will respond to me. At least,
acknowledge my efforts to help support them with Vigilance.
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