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What are we fighting for?

Posted: April 7, 2014 - 8:53am

As a Vietnam vet who served at Da Nang AB, RVN, in 67-68, I have an opinion the leaders of our government might want to listen to. That opinion is based by the following facts.

The lives of over 50 thousand young Americans were lost in the Vietnam War. Why? What did our country gain from those sacrifices? In my opinion, nothing! North Vietnam, the enemy then, took over the entire country.

We invaded Iraq because we were told there were WMDs there, but none were found. Yet, the lives of over 4,000 of America’s young men and women were sacrificed. What did our country gain from those sacrifices? In my opinion, nothing! After we left, the internal war continued, and does through today. The Taliban is as strong as ever. We read, almost daily, about bombings in that country.

Since we joined in the war in Afghanistan, over 2,000 lives have been lost. This time our government used the excuse that we were after Al Qaeda. Yet, we are pulling out and the bad guys, the Taliban and Al Qaeda, continue to operate in that country. What did we gain? In my opinion, nothing!

Today, there was another mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas. A US soldier, who may or may not have had PTSD from serving in a war zone, killed himself after taking out his rage on fellow soldiers. Upon being told about the shooting our President’ comments were, “Many of the people there have been on multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

We, as former and current military members were taught the following: “Ours is not to question why, ours is but to do or die”.

Mr. President, I served this country, honorably for nearly 25 years. I would have given my life to protect it, as I have no doubt others who have served would have. I also would do it now if I thought my family and our way of life was threatened. But, put us in a battle we have a chance to win. In my mind, these recent wars are nothing more than an extension of political policy, with no victory in sight!

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Norseman 04/08/14 - 05:47 pm
We can all thank George Bush.

We can all thank George Bush. He started both wars based on BS. Said from the get go that this was Viet Nam all over again.

Send all of our troops home now.

Suss 04/08/14 - 07:40 pm
Iraq was Oil

Look to the war profiteers for the answer. What was spent and wasted made some very rich. Watch for the next cry for war. There will be money to be made with the next spilled blood.

Raoulduke 04/08/14 - 08:33 pm
For What?

Iraq's oil was suppose to pay for that war.It hasn't.There was suppose to be WMD.There were none. The war in Afghanistan was suppose to cleanse the country of the Taliban.It has not.We have thrown the lives of our troops away for a lie.We get nothing in return.We have lost a great many Civil Liberties in the process.We DO keep the military industrial complex working with Carte Blanche contracts.President Eisenhower warned the country of such action. The monies given .Could have repaired our OWN infrastructure.Which is in dire need.I do not believe. This country has not had any 20 year span.Since the Civil War without any military action somewhere.So! We are a war mongering nation.We have been bribing countries.That are not our friends.Pakistan is a good example of this.George Bush backed Pakistan instead of the most populated democracy in the world-India.We find Osama Bin Laden where? Pakistan.Christiane Amapour a great journalist aired this fact 3 years before Bin Laden was found,and eventually killed.If she already knew this to be true,and told the world about it.Why did it take so long for us to act?We could have used a drone.We were fed fear,and The military industrial complex made,and is still making a great deal of money from this lie.We have been LIED to for years.Something I am tired of.Do you really feel safer now? The answer for me is a resounding NO.

Unglued 04/13/14 - 08:59 pm
What are we fighting for?

I'm too am uncertain about what we've been fighting for. I guess it made sense to stop Joe Stalin from taking over all of Europe, but I'm even starting to wonder about that. Now we seem hell-bent to ensure that all countries have a democratic form of government, whether they want one or not. That's what Korea and Vietnam were both about, I think. Vietnam should've taught us that Americans don't have the will to sacrifice the lives and resources necessary to accomplish it. North Vietnam was willing to make more babies than we could kill forever, but we were neither willing to go on killing them nor to invade North Vietnam and increase the chance of Russia or China entering the war. It was Korea all over again. Since WWII, it's been one after another. We've come to depend on being constantly at war. The economy of many cities and states depends on the manpower and machinery of war. Nothing against a war fought for valid, noble reasons, but what we're doing seems insane.

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