I’m old enough to have known plenty of Vietnam Vets and these guys are no more “heroes” than my dog. But, they love to perpetuate that myth because unfortunately many of them are losers who stayed in the military until they were retirement age and haven’t worked since age 37. Some of these old geezers had nothing, absolutely nothing else exciting in their lives, so they harken back 30 years ago like the high school football player who was a sports hero and dated the homecoming queen. I’m sick of it. I agree that lots of them were ruined because of the war and at the time I applauded Kerry for helping to get us out of that horrible, degrading, unwinnable war. He dared to say what was really going on over there. Half the troops were smoking MJ and “fragging” the young Lieutenants who were so inexperienced the troops had to kill them or be killed. At the time I had officers tell me half the men were high at morning roll call. Does anyone remember the name Lt. Calley? Are they stupid enough to think that was an isolated case? Why in hell do we glorify war? War is for old men to remember and young men to be smart enough to find another way. I read a story recently about Afghanistan and how, among other things, the mess hall and computers are plastered with “services provided by Haliburton”. Gee, I wonder who has something to gain? Why are we so blind while our men and women march off to be maimed or killed and families are pulled apart, children losing their parents forever, and we plaster American flags on our cars and houses, while the old men in washington sit back and count their ill-gotten gains? War is extraordinarily profitable for the right people. It’s like saying the king has no clothes to speak the truth. The war was a horrendous mistake and we cannot convert an Islamic nation into a Democracy. Why, when we have so many people in our own country that go to bed hungry, don’t have health insurance, clean water or a roof over their heads, why did we have to send our young people over to Iraq to die and spend billions and billions of dollars to save the Iraqi people? When you get paid take a look at the withholding from your pay and remember that a large part of it is going to the Iraqi war. Not only are we beginning to suffer financially now, we are mortgaging not only our future but the future of our children to pay for this war.
I just want to know if we are so appreciative of those who risk their lives for the ideals of some old coots in Washington, why they earn $15,000 a year, and some are even on food stamps, and Brittany Spears gets millions for wiggling her ass and screaming into a microphone. This hero stuff is all BS bigtime.