Americans want a military that is strong and one that it can be proud of. Americans donot want our military to lose a conflict in which it finds itself involved. Americans are more willing to fight and die for freedom than any other people on earth…and not just our own freedom, but freedom where ever it is threatened by tyranny.
But I have to say now, as a veteran, that I believe that we should complete our missions in Iraq and in Afghanistan and bring our troops home at the earliest possible time. Let me repeat that we should complete our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and then bring our troops home.
After bring our military home from those countries, we should issue a proclamation to the world. That proclamation should state that, so long as we have elected members of Congress who are willing to vote to send troops into combat and then decide, for their own political interests, to denounce them, to call them murderers without evidence, to announce to our country and to our enemies that we have lost the conflict, to show a continued lack of support for them, we will never send American military forces to a foreign conflict again.
We should begin the process of removing all American forces from foreign lands, except our embassies around the world. The embassies will actually need a larger force than currently there to protect the embassies because we will not have a way to quickly move forces to defend our embassies if needed. Those facilities are, after all, American soil and should be defended.
The likes of Murtha and Pelosi and Reid and Kerry make me, again as a veteran, embarrassed to call them our leaders. They all voted to send troops to Iraq. Every one of them cast their vote in favor. Yet they have the gall to encourage the forces of the enemy on a daily basis with their words, simply because the Commander-in-Chief is of the opposing party. Each of them, and many others, owe our military an apology. Not a collective letter or just a vote in the halls of congress, but an individual apology by each one in front of all Americans. I personally think they should offer their resignations at the same time, but that would be far too much to ask.
I am not opposed to opposition to war. I am not opposed to protest. I am, however, against voting to send people to fight a war and then not being willing to stand behind them. I don’t want to hear that the folks I mentioned supported our troops, just not the war. They sent them there!
The mainstream media is guilty, as well. They are not elected, however. They did not vote to send military men and women into combat, though most expressed approval at the time. They are protected by the First Amendment. So, while they owe an apology as well, we cannot demand it of them.
Frankly, to do as I suggest would be a mistake. The United States is the only protection some nations have to protect their own freedom. Our Congress hasn’t shown an interest in supporting them. Not because they don’t believe in freedom and the need to protect it, but because they believe, even stronger in discrediting their own political opponents.