I am always amazed at the liberal mentality about our soldiers and the sacrifices that these kids make in the name of their country. These people think that our soldiers are in Iraq and Afghanistan because they want to be there and it is their fault we are over there. Soldiers don't decide one day to set up shop in a foreign land just because they think it would be a nice vacation spot to spend a year away from their families. We the people ask them to go and fight for us. They may not even understand why we are still there or if we should have gone in the first place, but they still go because we ask them to. They don't go to get rich because most of them are eligible for food stamps and public assistance because they are the definition of the working poor. They put their lives on the line daily, while the yahoos that sent them sit warm and comfortable in their homes enjoying all the comforts of being an American.
I am so pissed that people truly belief it is the military's fault that we are in Iraq and Afghanistan, when it is their elected representatives that sent them their at our request. Whether one war is better than the other is debatable or if we should still be in either country is debatable, but what is not debatable is whether it is the soldier's fault. If we screwed up our exit strategy that is the generals and politicians fault, not the grunt on the ground. If we should raise troop levels is up to the generals and politicians and ultimately the President. What we don't need is @$$#oles running around blaming the soldiers like they did in Vietnam. Those guys had less of a choice since they were drafted, but that is a whole different issue. I think this country should take a long hard look at who we are and what we stand for this rough Christmas season.
As you think about how much you are going to spend on gifts and that big feast of a meal with family and friends, just remember those that serve in your name in countries far from their families and hoping that the mail bag has something for them. You can say what you want about the politics of the matter, but always remember and honor those that serve in your name. They are wondering if they will have enough money to buy gifts for their kids and whether that will make up for the fact they haven't seen Daddy in almost six months. Some families only Christmas wish is Daddy or Junior doesn't get blown up for Christmas or that they won't be attending a funeral in the New Year. Those are the realities that these families face this Christmas, so if you get the chance do something nice for a military family or soldier this Christmas.