How can a politician send men and women off to WAR with a clear conscience? Said politician has no idea what horrors their war is going to inflict on innocent people and the very soldiers they sent.
Jeb bush has said he would have done the same thing his brother did, invade Iraq! That is one candidate I will be sure to remind everyone about if he gets into the debates. Guess he has no conscience just like his brother.
It is hard to understand how a sane person can send other people to fight in a war that he started. You don’t see politicians volunteering to go and fight. Nor do you see their family members going off to fight.
While the soldiers are being killed or wounded, people back home are dancing, going to concerts, movies, or enjoying themselves some other way. I can tell you from experience that a soldier is scared. But we rely on our training and do what we were trained to do. I admired oedics and the medivac pilots so much. They were some kind of brave. Hovering and taking live fire as we loaded wounded and dead on their chopper. All soldiers whether they are infantry like I was or drivers or whatever can tell you “war is hell”.
Who benefits from war?
A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction…
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.
We have not remained alert and knowledgeable. Far too many citizens are ambivalent and have no interest in politics.
Remember President Eisenhower warning us about the military industrial complex? Everything he said was true. Big multinational corporations (you know the ones that don’t pay taxes and outsource jobs) make weapons, ammo, bombs, and missiles. They benefit from war. How about those wealthy people who invest in those corporations? They benefit from war, too.
The republicans hurry to war but refuse to care for the veterans their war created. With that in mind, I believe that more veterans than ever are going to vote for a Democrat who is against senseless WAR! Bernie Sanders has been against all our wars since he has been a Rep. or Senator. Nearly all the GOP candidates are in favor of said wars. They even want to start another with Iran.
President Obama has started talks with Iran, ended the cold war with Cuba, and is trying to keep peace with North Korea and China. He has ended the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. With few exceptions (TPP) I am very pleased with the President. Diplomacy rather than jumping into another costly (in lives and treasure) war.
The GOP has no integrity. The last good Republican was Ike, in my opinion. Not one of their potential candidates can debate Bernie and win. They can’t beat any Democrat in a debate.
So tell me what you think?