Politics, I normally try to steer clear of the serious ones, only going with the funny stuff. But this is one time the public needs to know what’s going on. Military service is a long-standing tradition in my family. I have 2 sons in the military and a third planning on joining. My father and all but one of my uncles served as well. On both sides of my family tree there are men who have served our country all the way back to the revolutionary war in the United States. The military and national pride are one and the same in our family.
In the United States, our President (Barack Obama) is the Commander-in-Chief for all our armed forces. Now, don’t get me wrong, even on the days I don’t like what he has done, EVERY president deserves our support, and because of that, I try not to indulge in presidential bashing. He is our president. He is doing a job that I would never want. It’s hard. He is called names on a regular basis and has to make incredibly difficult decisions daily. He has access to information that you and I just don’t have access to, and half of it we wouldn’t want to know anyway. He is doing what he believes to be correct based on the information he has. I couldn’t do his job, the reality is I would probably cry every day. Every bad article in the paper or negative post on Facebook, I’d break out in tears. Obama has stood up and taken it like a trooper. With grace, and even with a sense of humor… yes, I’m talking about his fabulous Betty White birthday card.
But our president is called to uphold the laws of our land, and protect our constitution, and this time he has not only dropped the ball, he has not protected our laws or our troops, who in turn protect us all.
NATO is planning on allowing US troops to be tried for burning the Quran. Seriously? We have treaties in place with Afghanistan to keep our troops safe. These treaties are called SOFA treaties, which stands for Status Of Forces Agreement. According to the Congressional Research Document for SOFA Treaties, one of the provisions of the Treaty with Afghan states as follows:
An agreement exists regarding the status of military and civilian personnel of the U.S. Department of Defense present in Afghanistan in connection with cooperative efforts in response to terrorism, humanitarian and civic assistance, military training and exercises, and other activities.45 Such personnel are to be accorded “a status equivalent to that accorded to the administrative and technical staff” of the U.S. Embassy under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. Accordingly, U.S. personnel are immune from criminal prosecution by Afghan authorities, and are immune from civil and administrative jurisdiction except with respect to acts performed outside the course of their duties.
You can read the document in it’s entirety here. The portion quoted above is on page 12.
Allowing our troops to be tried for following a direct order is a treaty violation and an illegal act. It is heart breaking for a mother like me, who has a son, cousin and best friend’s son in Afghanistan, to find out that they are not only in jeopardy from the terrorists, but our own Commander-in-Chief and NATO. How disillusioning.