We are so precious.
So how could we have gotten to the point of occupation in the name of liberation?
For eight years I have been shuddering, pained by the loss of life, rush to war, lingering in war, a ‘renewed’ focus on the war and now this.
Continued casualties in the name of national security Continents away.
Increasing troops by thirty thousand? How did ‘they’ arrive at this number? And then be so convinced, that’s all they’ll need, only eighteen months and then home as if on a business trip. Hmmmm, makes one question.
A speech at West Point, to make a military, might point?
Cadets=volunteers who carry the weight of these decisions heavily on their shoulders.
Enlisted under what pressure? No conscription.
We the rest of us are asked to support but not bear the true burden, the right there on the spot burden, the my entire family is affected and devastated by multiple tours burden
Oh, yes we all carry a financial one, raiding our Nations bank just one more time to get it ‘right’
And the devastation is over there out of view
While we sit idly allowing volunteers to perform a task (for very poor wages) that should never have been accepted without a true national discussion. We dishonor them.
We can reasonably assume (after eight long years) that most people find it acceptable that someone else is doing the dirty work,
the heavy lifting, the crushing emotional work, and tearing of heart and soul.
Bring on the Draft, then we’ll see how quickly the dialogue returns to balance.
No Draft we remove the discourse, the involvement and so we allow ‘contractors’ who work for corporations who benefit (and paid multiple times more than our volunteer soldiers)
I believe Obama’s Afghanistan policy is wrong. There is no way to win this war. He cannot mention Russia’s past debacle as an occupier and then in the same breath, present America’s role as liberators. Eight years is just too much to bear.
And Poppies continue to grow….
A day after the President’s speech, I received this email from Vice President Biden, follow the link and draw your own conclusions:
Last night, President Obama laid out his plan to defend our national interest by refocusing our efforts on three clear goals: defeating al Qaeda, stabilizing Pakistan, and breaking the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan.
To achieve these goals, the President has authorized the rapid deployment of 30,000 more troops in Afghanistan, with a firm commitment to begin bringing our troops home in 2011.
It's a clean break from the failed Afghanistan policy of the Bush administration, and a new, focused strategy that can succeed.
Our new strategy ends the era of blank checks for Afghanistan's leaders, facilitates a responsible transition to Afghan security forces, and begins bringing our troops home in 2011.
Please take a moment to listen to President Obama outline his plan -- and pass this along to anyone you know who wants to learn more: