Thursday, August 13, 2009

68,000 troops in Afghanistan and counting

With all the troubles we face here, nothing compares to the war and what our troops face in an ungodly ugly place. The Russians had over 100,000 troops there and couldn't get the job done. Now... with the slow process of pulling troops out of Iraq, I wonder how many of our children will be forced to re-up for extended tours. Brass is now asking for more specialized troops.

Suicide rates are over the top for our troops, the severely wounded and mentally scared are coming home to foreclosures and no jobs, and one out of 3 homeless Americans are Vets from various wars who are left to fend for themselves.

Will there be any time, in our life time, that war is not waged?

6 Comments:

At August 14, 2009 at 2:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if they gave a war and no body came? That question has been around for years. Maybe it is time to see what the answer is.

 
At August 14, 2009 at 3:47 PM , Blogger Old soldier said...

As a former soldier I feel compelled to say that we should be taking better care of our returning vets. Our veterans administration is not going the job it was designed to do, and far too many of our vets are living on the streets because they carry mental and physical scares that need treatment in order for them to live normal, productive lives, and our system is letting them down. It should be a matter of national importance to fix this mess. Soldiers now come home far more injured than in the past because we can save people who would have died 10 years ago on the battlefield from their injuries. But we have not set up a system to help these wounded soldiers adjust to a life with serious physical or mental limitations. Time we stepped up for them the way they have stepped up for their country.

 
At August 14, 2009 at 4:23 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

A nation that neglects its veterans, its poor children, and its mentaly ill and discriminates against anyone who is different is not the nation we set out to be some 200 yrs ago. We have lost sight of what this country is suppose to be about and that is a crying shame.

 
At August 14, 2009 at 4:32 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

What exactly is it that we are hoping to accomplish in Afghanistan? I am not sure I ever heard that. To wipe out the Taliban or to reconstruct the government of the country? If Russia failed what are we doing that they did not do to ensure that we do not fail?

 
At August 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Just wondering said...

war what is it good for? absolutey nothing. on the 40th anniversay of woodstock the question still remains.

 
At August 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Thanks for your prospective Soldier.

Our beloved country and the people who serve in it's military deserve better and while we march our children off to places only God can love, we forget what lies ahead for most of them when they return.

As long as we have warriors at the top making bad decisions, more of our youth will go to war.

 

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