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jeanpalmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 08:54 AM
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144. Many people's attitudes toward the military
would be better if they were doing what they are supposed to be doing -- protecting the Homeland. That is, setting up on our shorelines, patrolling the border, preparing to defeat any invader. Instead, they've become a massive occupying force all across the world, with the goal of securing oil and other natural resources held/produced by others. And in pursuing that course, they're occupying, killing and inflicting injustices on many innocent people. As in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Supposedly they're required to obey lawful orders and refuse unlawful ones. They obeyed the order to invade Iraq, but when they got there and discovered they had been seent there on a ruse to find WMD that didn't exist, their job was to confront the reality that the invasion wasn't justified and needed to be stopped. And therefore their job was to disobey any order that perpetuated the occupation. How many of them did that? Hardly any. Almost all of them continued to soldier on and inflict horrendous injuries on an undeserving local population as if they had no conscienes telling them that wahat they were doing was illegal.

So I can't work up much enthusiasm for the current military which is actually making our country less safe than safer, and doing that disservice at a huge cost to the nation's finances.
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