I am some sick of seeing people who have never been to war crying out for expanding the war in the Middle East.
It also pisses me off to see Vets line up in a knee jerk reaction protesting people who are protesting wars (Women in Black were protested by a veteran's group in Farmington, Maine.)
I am of the band of brothers; but I am also a rational thinking individual. Supporting the military does not mean that you have to support wars – especially not unnecessary wars.
In Vietnam we lost 58,479 military brothers and sisters for absolutely nothing – we lost that war. Now, the death toll is climbing in the Middle East with exactly the same predictable outcome.
The Middle East is enmeshed in a religious war between Sunnis and Shiites that date back over fourteen hundred years – there is no resolution that can be achieved by American military might.
The new drive by the Republican hawks in Congress is for a war with Iran (the last invasion worked out so well.) Their ‘all or nothing’ demands for negotiating a nuclear build down of the Iranian nuclear armament program is aimed at scudding the talks. Like most Tea Party brain farts the results has not been thought through.
Our volunteer military is stretched to the limit with back to back deployments that destroy military families and result in high percentages of PTSD among our active duty as well as veterans.
If our politicians are insistent on escalation and redeployment of troops then we should bring back the draft so that everyone has a commitment in the fight. Only then would we see politicians reined in by an outcry from the people.