' "we support the troops but not the mission" sorry, that doesn't work. you can not separate man and mission.'Supporting the troops means supporting their mission. They are there to win, not to question why.
So what is the answer to people who do not agree with the mission? Should they blindly support the mission and continue to watch as the number of dead and injuried continue to climb for a pointless war that can not be won? When is enough? Now? 2009? 2015? At what point do you say, 'enough is enough' ?
No, The citzens are allowed to question the mission and it's objectives and the reasons behind it. They can do that and support the troops. I think men and women who are willing to server are very honorable people. That doesn't mean I want their honor squandered by politicans who would put them in harms way without justification. I do not believe the reasons we went to war in Iraq were well founded.
A soldiers job is very different. The solider is there to follow orders. The military system would break down without the command inferstructure. So that makes a military set up very different.
So since a soldier cannot question why, I will. And I will make sure that politicans who use soldiers and their service improperly are held accountable. Because that is dishonorable.
We don't hear enough from the men and women who believe in what they're doing (their voices are out there, but the lamestream media don't like what they're saying. You have to listen to other sources to hear them). I've heard quite a few voice their utter frustration at the lack of good information we get here at home. I believe them. I don't believe the naysayers. This isn't to you, Allan, personally, but I don't believe people who say 'they support the troops' while at the same time blather on about the mission they don't like.
As for the number of dead and injured, how many died in the other wars we've fought? While I don't like losing a single soldier, the death rate in this war is pretty low - the Iraqis are losing three to four times more than we are. I guess as it should be.
US soldiers killed in Iraq 3351
US soldiers kiled in Afghanistan 382
US soldiers killed in Vietnam 47,378
US soldiers kiled in Korea 54,589
US soldiers killed in WW II 407,300
US soldiers killed in WWI 117,465
Civil War soldiers killed 618,000
So we have to lose how many more soldiers for you to recognize that the war in Iraq might not be as noble as the administration would like you to think it is?
Belief in what you are doing is fine. I want the soliders to believe that serving is a great and noble thing. I want the the citizens to believe in the soldiers enough to make sure that they are used in a proper manner. But that is just me.