Wars and Rumors of Wars

Posted: June 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

I see on the internet that President Obama is ordering another 450 or so troops (the number varies depending on the source) to Iraq to assist in training the Iraqis to fight against ISIS. I have one question, “Why?”

I am a veteran and I strongly support the military, but I have to ask what the hell are we doing over there? Seriously.

We have been involved in the middle east for who knows how long and what is different? If you only count the time since 9-11, we have been there for almost 15 years.
We have lost thousands of America’s best young soldiers and for what?
Except for ISIS and even more chaos, what is different there than it was in 2001?

I went to a memorial day observance at the Rockingham County Veteran’s park and one of the speakers said
“In World War II, America was at war. Now, America’s military is at war, America is at the mall”. That is exactly the problem.

I am of the “baby boomer” generation. We were the kids that were born after the troops came home from WWII. I personally have no memories of WWII but my parents and grandparents definitely did and they told us about it. The country, not just the military, was at war. I am not talking about the rationing of sugar, gasoline, and other items, though that was one way that the civilian population felt the war. No, I am talking about the attitude of the every day citizen on the street. Every body knew there “was a war on” and they operated accordingly. There was an evil in the world and we (the USA and our allies) were going to defeat it. The country was at war. The COUNTRY was at war.

We have been in Iraq and Afghanistan for 15 years, now. World War II lasted, or our involvement in it, lasted only four years. Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, and by 1945 it was over. That was because THE COUNTRY was at war. Everybody (I know that is a generalization, but almost everybody) was a part of the war effort. Now, you can live your life and not feel affected by the war at all. That, as I said earlier, is the problem.

If that conflict, police action, skirmish, war, or whatever you call it, over there is important enough for us to send our best, bravest and brightest to die, then we need to get behind it and get the job done. If it is not important enough to send them, we need to get the hell out and come home.

Personally, I think that ISIS is pure evil and needs to be eradicated, exterminated, and wiped off the face of the earth. But we are not going to do that by sending 450 more trainers to Iraq.

Vaya con Dios

ML

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