Over the last couple of weeks I have watched the march to yet another war in the Middle East with a sense of dread.
The justifications from an administration dead set on bombing Syria against expert opinion, and the obvious contradictions in bombing a country for 'humanitarian reasons' feels all too familiar.
As a veteran that has served in the Global War on Terror, with three deployments under my belt, I know the consequences of a 'limited military intervention' and how easily we have been drawn into wars that we can't get out of. I don't want to see more of my fellow brothers and sisters in the military community killed, maimed and psychologically traumatized for unclear reasons.
What is abundantly clear to me, and much of the American people that are opposed to military strikes, is that bombing Syria is reckless, dangerous, and morally wrong. We can't afford to do this again. This has the makings of a much less desirable war, a war in which the blowback of our actions will be China, Russia, Iraq and Iran forming an alliance to fight back against the aggressive actions of our nation. This is not our war. There is no clear objective and there has never been a clear threat to our interest our country.
09/05/13 at 09:29 AM
Jason, thank you for your service and for your comments. I hope you have written to our congress men and women and anyone else. As a vet your opinion should be worth a lot. When at least 78% of this country is dead set against the US entering this war or taking any action where we do not belong, you wonder how our "representatives" that are supposed to be representing our views, desires and demands, can vote for something so opposed by so many?
Thank you, Joene. I can honestly say that our voice is ignored. As I stated above, I dont want to see my brothers and sisters being use as pawns in a rich mans war anymore. We are tired, both mentally and physically and just cant take much more. Once servicemembers wake up to this, its only a matter of time before we stop going to war, merely based on agression. Ive been listening to some of my friends chatter and they are in the same position I am. They Dont want to go to war, when our interests or country wasn't "at risk." Truth holds power. What has been seen cannot be unseen.
10/02/13 at 03:31 PM
Thank you Jason - for your service and for this op-ed to remind us all of the sacrifices that are being made everyday by the men and women in uniform. We are war-weary on many fronts - in foreign countries and here at home as we battle politicians for our liberties. I can bet you were proud of the WWII vets that 'stormed' the barricades to visit the monuments erected - NOT by our government, but by private money donated by vets and appreciative citizens.