I have to agree. As a veteran of all-expenses paid year-long staycations to both Iraq and Afghanistan, I can say my very own idealistic perspectives have changed as others here have aptly described. It remains an immense honor to serve, but that should in no way relate to our readiness to expend military force. We justify large military budgets by framing it as a deterrent. I'm inclinded to believe (and hope) that will be the outcome of this situation: a lot of posturing.
It pains me to my core that we couldn't learn the lessons from our very own past to spare the loss of so many brave American lives over the last 10 years. I can only pray we stop in our tracks on the currently similar path.
First, thank you for your service! Second, I think we can stop voting for the post of the year with this one...
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