SOURCE: West Point Graduates Against the War

April 21, 2006 12:21 ET

Generals Not the Only Ones Against the War -- West Point Graduates Are Joining the Disgruntled Ranks

Three West Point Alumni Establish Organization to Restore Honor to America and Seek to Mobilize the Ranks of Disgusted USMA Grads

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 21, 2006 -- Three alumni of the United States Military Academy at West Point have launched a grassroots movement (http://www.westpointgradsagainstthewar.org/) to convert the disgrace of governmental lies and evasions about the assault on Iraq into a force to redeem the honor of their country. At issue -- which directly assaults the West Point honor code, which these men have sworn to honor and protect -- is their assertion that falsehoods by administration officials, culminating in Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, catapulted the United States into a preventive war.

"This fraudulent war has done such enormous damage to the reputation and prestige of the United States and its military forces," said co-founder James Ryan. "Unless remedied, this will prove catastrophic to the country's interests over the longer term."

"The West Point honor code, which mandates cadets will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do, defines honor and duty," said Joseph Wojcik, co-found of West Point Graduates Against the War. "And this sense of duty is a shared responsibility for all of us to do the right thing, even if that means admonishing our country's leadership."

West Point Graduates Against the War calls on all graduates of the military academy to speak out against the destruction of the honor of the United States and the destruction of the military itself caused by what they believe are deceitful policies of the present administration.

--  Instilled by the Cadet Honor System with a fundamental, longstanding
    respect for truth, the founding alumni and member graduates of the United
    States Military Academy believe honor is a basic attribute of character. To
    that end, they are uniting to speak out about what they believe is the
    deceitful behavior of the government of the United States and, in
    particular, its widely known malefactors.  The group contends the
    government's lying, cheating, stealing, delivering evasive statements and
    quibbling, is placing vast numbers of innocent people in deadly peril and
    adversely affecting the country's integrity domestically and
    internationally.
    
--  According to the West Point Graduates Against The War, the war in Iraq
    was launched illegally. It has since killed tens of thousands of innocents,
    causing incalculable damage to Iraq and the Iraqi people, as well as the
    reputation of the United States of America.  The grassroots organization
    seeks justice for all victims of this illegal war, both servicemen and
    servicewomen, and the citizens of Iraq.
    
--  When West Point graduates took their commissioning oath of office,
    they swore to protect the nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
    The group contends the deceitful connivances of the current administration
    has resulted in a war catastrophic to our nation's interests: politically,
    economically, militarily, and morally.  The time, they say, has come for
    pro-USA and pro-military to stand up and be counted among the dissenters.
    
"We are a positive organization, pro-military and pro-USA," notes William Cross, a co-founder of West Point Graduates Against the War. "We have been inspired by the words and actions of great leaders, including the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who said 'never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion' -- and those honorable words inspire action."

The three founding members, James Ryan, William Cross, and Joseph Wojcik graduated from West Point in 1962, and have been close friends since 1958, their first year as cadets. To help support its grassroots case, the organization cites the statements of earlier graduates of West Point:

--  "Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we
    who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead," Omar N.
    Bradley, Class of 1915, United States Military Academy, West Point, New
    York
    
--  And regarding the current obsession with the protection of Homeland
    USA in conjunction with the suspension of Constitutional protections: "The
    powers in charge kept us in a perpetual state of fear -- kept us in a
    continuous stampede of patriotic fervor -- with the cry of grave national
    emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we
    did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded.
    Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never
    to have been quite real," Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1903, United States
    Military Academy, West Point, New York
    
Membership is open to all alumni of the United States Military Academy, and widows, widowers or parents of deceased graduates. Membership has been growing steadily since the website was launched earlier this month, and includes retired and active duty graduates.

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