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Johnna Franklin

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Why do civilians think we as military personnel should not speak our minds? We fight for our liberties, yet many prefer to silence us...

In response to the question regarding General McChrystal being chosen to speak at a TED conference.

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  • May 6 2011: I always thought that Robert a Heinlein may have had things right and that warfighters and generals have a unique moral perspective which makes them better qualified to make civic judgments then many others. A General has more effective and practical management experience then many TED speakers as well. From this civilians perspective I think the general is an excellent choice for a TED speaker. Perhaps he can shed some light on DARPAS one hundred year starship project with NASA and the reasoning behind it.
    “I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
    Robert A. Heinlein
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      May 10 2011: Lovely. Thank you. Most do not think or consider that officers have quite a different promise and for this, a very different perspective. All too often many assume they are just out executing orders and not thinking. If there were an opportunity to see behind the tent door, there is quite a different picture of what really occurs behind every single decision. Is always the best? ~ No. It is however, a decision. If we left things in the hands of dithering politicians, we would be morally empty, completely self-serving or not the United States of America. In my humble opinion.

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