May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

Today is the day Americans are supposed to... I don't know, think ... about our veterans and those who have given their lives, their limbs, and in many cases, their sanity for the cause of fighting those whom their government tells them is our enemy.

These brave men and women sign up knowing that they will be expected to do whatever is asked of them, wherever, and whenever, and that they may well die in the process.

There's is not to ask why they're doing what they're doing, or killing who they're killing, destroying what they destroy, or building or hauling, or guarding what they're building or hauling or guarding. That's not their jobs.

Asking why and if it's worth it is our jobs, and until recently, we've done a piss poor job of it.

In that respect, we've all failed this recent crop of veterans and troops in the field.

We should not be proud of what we allowed this administration to send them into.

But we should be beyond proud that there are, and have been, literally millions of ordinary Americans willing to go anywhere, and do whatever they're told to do in the face of great danger and hardship, and putting their loved ones through terrible stress as well.

In remembering all of those who have served, we should remind ourselves that we fail these men and women when we stand by and allow them to be used in a reckless and ill-conceived way and under false pretenses. We can only vow to not let it happen again.


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