West Point Graduates Against the War

Three alumni of the United States Military Academy at West Point have launched a grassroots movement to convert the disgrace of governmental lies and evasions about the assault on Iraq into a force to redeem the honor of their country. Its website details the case. 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 enormous damage to the reputation and prestige of the United States and its military forces. Unless remedied this will prove catastrophic to the country's interests over the longer term.

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 dissipation of the military itself caused by the deceitful policies of the present administration.

Instilled by the Cadet Honor System with a fundamental, longstanding respect for truth, we graduates of the United States Military Academy believe that honor is a basic attribute of character. That we are no longer cadets is irrelevant. We stand appalled by the deceitful behavior of the government of the United States and, in particular, its widely known malefactors. Lying, cheating, stealing, delivering evasive statements and quibbling not only has demeaned these deceivers and the United States of America, but has placed vast numbers of innocent people in deadly peril.

The war in Iraq was launched on lies. 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.

When we West Point graduates took our commissioning oath of office one past June morning, we swore to protect our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The deceitful connivances of the current administration have resulted in a war catastrophic to our nation's interests: politically, economically, militarily, and morally. We now stand to protect our nation from these deceivers.

We seek justice for all victims of this illegal war, both servicemen and servicewomen, and the citizens of Iraq.

"We are a positive organization, pro-military and pro-USA," notes James Ryan, one of the founders. "Let no one question our loyalty, we take this step humbly and seriously. We say with Eisenhower 'Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.'"

The three founding members, James Ryan, Bill 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 case, the organization cites the statements of earlier graduates of West Point, in particular Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States. "When people speak to you about a preventive war," said Eisenhower, "you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war."

-Bill Cross, Syracuse