Exit Strategy

Bob Herbert:

One of the reasons we’re in this state of nonstop warfare is the fact that so few Americans have had any personal stake in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no draft and no direct financial hardship resulting from the wars. So we keep shipping other people’s children off to combat as if they were some sort of commodity, like coal or wheat, with no real regard for the terrible price so many have to pay, physically and psychologically.

Not only is this tragic, it is profoundly disrespectful. These are real men and women, courageous and mostly uncomplaining human beings, that we are sending into the war zones, and we owe them our most careful attention. Above all, we owe them an end to two wars that have gone on much too long.

2 thoughts on “Exit Strategy

  1. This country is too big and mighty to be invoved in petty places like Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Why should we keep sending our innocent kids to be maimed and slaughtered and not give them a chance to win the objective as soldiers? Our forces are not and should not be the world’s policemen. They are fighting men who took an oath to defend this great country, but they have been relegated to pawns in a battle for oil and peace in a region that will never accept peace and we have more than enough oil right here at home.

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