West Point Grads Unite to Protest Iraq Occupation
"660,000 people slaughtered and still no one in the US government is held accountable for this crime against humanity."
-James Ryan, 1962 USMA grad and co-founder of Service Academy Graduates Against the War
"All service academy grads should be concerned about the illegality of orders premised on the lies of the president. We also serve to protect our fighting men and women from being subject to illegal and immoral orders."
-Dud Hendrick, US Naval Academy graduate
The overwhelming response by alumni of United States service academies to the anti-war efforts of West Point Graduates Against the War has resulted in a combined arms organization of former and current land, sea, and air officers united against the war in Iraq. The new organization, Service Academy Graduates Against the War, was established by three West Pointers, William Cross, James Ryan, and Joseph Wojcik, all 1962 USMA graduates and cofounders of the former organization. They were joined in the new endeavor by Dud Hendrick, a 1963 United States Naval Academy graduate and Terry Symens-Bucher, an alumnus of the United States Air Force Academy, class of 1975.
The new grassroots organization calls on graduates of all service academies to speak out against the destruction of the honor of the United States and the dissipation of its military caused by the deceitful policies of the present administration. It also calls for the impeachment of the president of the United States for high crimes and misdemeanors.
The founding alumni and their fellow service academy graduate members, instilled with the service academy codes of honor, believe a fundamental respect for truth is a basic and lifelong attribute of character. To that end, they have united to speak out against the deceitful behavior of the government of the United States and its widely known malefactors. At issue is the lying, cheating, stealing, delivering evasive statements and quibbling which has put vast numbers of innocent people in deadly peril and disgracefully diminished the integrity of the United States.