Col. Douglas A. Macgregor, Vets for Ron Paul Spokesman: Don't Call Fallen Soldiers 'Heroes'

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Meet Col. Douglas A. Macgregor. He's the guy who pretty much orchestrated the Battle of 73 Easting during the Gulf War, a decisive 23-minute exchange during which "10 U.S. tanks and 13 Bradley fighting vehicles destroyed nearly 70 Iraqi armored vehicles, with no 'friendly' casualties." He's basically the brains behind NATO's intervention in Yugoslavia. And because of his book Breaking the Phalanx, which broke rank by calling for widespread Army reorganization, he was temporarily a go-to man for Donald Rumsfeld, who insisted that top military brass meet with MacGregor to strategize the Iraq War. Some say that Macgregor's unorthodox approaches to military policies -- though successful -- might have cost him promotion. He quit the Army in 2004, after being repeatedly denied charge of a combat brigade.

Macgregor, who is highly decorated, now works as a consultant and apparently as a spokesman for Veterans for Ron Paul 2012, a Facebook Group/Super PAC. He also thinks Chris Hayes was right: Macgregor doesn't want to call fallen soldiers heroes, either.

"Chris Hayes, (not someone whose views normally appeal to me), is right in this instance. We used to refer to those killed in war as, 'the honored dead.' Today, everybody who shows up in uniform, living or dead, is a hero. It's just unnecessary and unhelpful.

Doing your duty does not make you a hero. Doing your duty makes you a competent, professional servant and protector of the United States and its people. For 99 percent of us who serve that is enough. Thanks, Doug"

Macgregor sent this letter to Hayes and some members of his political circle. The letter was also forwarded to the Voice. Macgregor confirmed to a reporter that he authored the note, but did not want to comment on it, saying that he did not want to talk to the "liberal Village Voice." We called him again, and he said: "I'm really not interested. I appreciate your persistence, but I'm not interested. Thank you."

The Voice is waiting to hear back from the Ron Paul campaign for comment. Check back for updates.

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Robert
Robert

Please explain the term "hero".  I was in Korea in 1952, 53 and again in 54.  I was in combat in 1952 and got to kill a bunch of North Koreans and Chinese soldiers.  More than I wanted to but then "when in combat.  Shoot the bastards".  I cannot explain "hero".  My outfit lost 70% of the soldiers in 25 days of active combat.  A different way of stating this "my outfit had 700% replacements in 25 days".   Then I was wounded and taken to Japan for treatment.I saw acts of heroism, that went unrewarded.  I saw acts of cowardice.  I saw acts of "pure fright".  So please put all of this together and tell me what a "hero" really is.  I think that being there in combat at that time was an "act of heroism."

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JosephEdmondson
JosephEdmondson

I agree with all of your comments. When they're all heroes, it makes it much harder to be critical about what they have been ordered to do without being dismissed as some sort of American-hating, terrorist-lover.

Charlie Peters
Charlie Peters

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bub
bub

Being a vet is weird. Even progressive-types will "thank" us, as if we did them a favor. Or one guy told me about how screwed up it is how the gov't treats vets. But honestly since they passed the new GI bill, it's pretty decent. I prefer to keep my status on the DL, not that I haven't ever pimped it to get an edge, we all have to eat. If the national convo could be different, I wish vets were more visible in popular culture but in a neutral way, not as hee rows or babykillers. 

The General
The General

A soldier's duty, while well-meaning and honorable on the surface, does not make him or her a hero. The reason is the cause itself is flawed. They fight for what they believe is a just cause, but when it is revealed that they are merely fighting to keep a ponzi scheme perpetrated on the American middle class going for the benefit of the wealthy elites and corrupt politicians, the hero becomes a pawn with little honor.

Ronpaulitic
Ronpaulitic

But the establishment wants heroes to continue to rise up out of the citizenry, take arms and defend with their heroic lives the special interests of governmentand corporations. Who will take these heroes' places if they do not feel heroic about dying?

patriciaredstone
patriciaredstone

I'm glad the "hero" peddling thing is being addressed. I was raised in the military and all of the male members of my family including my son are in the military - my best friend's son was killed in Iraq. The meta-narrative of "hero" is being exploited to drive a hawkish world view. Protect your mind and thus our military from liars and mockery. 

Jay Brown
Jay Brown

I agree. Heroic actions are rewarded with medals (sadly sometimes vets don’t receive well deserved medals). The only vets that should be called heroes, in my opinion, are those that were drafted and went to fight. We have a volunteer military today and no one (as of yet) is forcing them to join and fight.

Robert
Robert

 I was in when the draft time went from 18 months to 2 years.  We were on the front lines in Korea and our battalion was facing 2 full regiments of Chinese soldiers at that time.Most of the people shrugged their shoulders and said the magic word "shit".  Then we went back and started digging some more foxholes and trenches, stringing barbed wire and putting out mines.  All in a days work.My outfit was composed of both volunteers (RA's) and Draftees.   I did not see any difference  between the two groups, but then I was young and scared.  I still have those same fears every now and then especially at night.  What I want to say is "we fought together, with each other, for each other and suffered the same losses for either group".

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

The proper term for these soldiers is mercenary, even more so when you realize the majority of our foreign policy and military interventions are for economic goals and not humanitarian.

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