Many in our community are ignorant to the unintended consequences of war. People say “support the troops,” but ignore the majority of active duty military that don’t want another war. Multiple deployments and declining enlistments have stretched many of our service members to the breaking point. Veterans are returning home with PTSD and have high divorce rates, and suicides in the U.S. military have reached crisis levels — an average of one a day.
Despite this, many civilians are still beating the war drums to expand our military presence overseas. Mitt Romney is already assuring Israel that we will help invade Iran. Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize, then kept Guantanamo Bay open, bombed Libya, assassinated a 16-year-old American citizen and replaced our military in Iraq with even more costly private contractors. It seems our constant meddling overseas is starting to create what the CIA calls a “blowback effect.”
Some will accuse me of supporting isolationism, but really I am supporting non-interventionism. We can no longer afford to police the whole world. How can our nation be secure if we are on the verge of economic collapse? For those that remember 9/11, I suggest we also remember this: Osama bin Laden’s goal was not to overtake the U.S. with military force; it was to bankrupt us. If you really support the troops, maybe you should consider which presidential candidate received the most donations from active duty military. It wasn’t Obama or Romney; it was Air Force veteran Ron Paul. Listen to our veterans, they earned it.