As we think about soldiers and Marines who gave their lives for America and honor the veterans who survived the conflicts, let’s think about future veterans and how they might be treated. I remember when servicemen returning from Vietnam were spit upon when they entered airports. Today, servicemen returning from the Middle East are saluted and applauded. But what about the future for today’s veterans? What might they expect?
I have bought items made in Vietnam, and Vietnam veterans have returned to the nation on vacation and have been warmly received. But the nations our veterans have fought for in the Middle East may not be welcoming returning veterans with open arms. Today, many in Iraq still love American soldiers and Marines for freeing them from Saddam and Muslim terrorists who are still causing trouble over there. But the freedom our military provided for them made them grateful. Women were able to vote and go to schools Muslim extremists would have denied them. Women weren’t allowed to be in Hussein’s government but are allowed to serve in the government today thanks to our military. Ironically, women’s groups complained about Bush and what he did for women even as he was freeing millions of women from being controlled by men and killed by terrorists. But if the enemies of a free and democratic Iraq are victorious, the rights of women will be lost; and I bet the same women’s groups won’t be bothered too much. Do you think an Iraq veteran will be allowed to enter an Al Qaida-controlled Iraq?
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In Afghanistan, it took eight years for us to experience 1,000 soldier and Marine deaths. But we changed the way we fought the war and made it more of an effort to win the hearts and minds of Afghanis once Obama became President. We lost over 1,000 soldiers and Marines by 2011, including some Seal Team Six members who had killed bin Laden when the Taliban shot their helicopter down. Obama and Biden had made them targets by bragging about them killing bin Laden. Have you heard Obama apologize?
The VA hospital system is government health care for veterans. There are so many horror stories about the system that you would have thought Obamacare would have not been passed for fear the general public would be mistreated in the future thanks to government health care. With so many veterans using the system, expect even more horror stories.
In the future, I bet many enemy fighters will come to this nation and seek out those who fought against them and kill them. If our veterans are disarmed by the government, they will be defenseless. Unless the Pentagon has computer security that can’t be breeched, the names and addresses of soldiers and Marines who fought in the Middle East will be learned by hackers and made available to those who want to kill them.
Will future veterans be those who fought in the Battle of New York City or Los Angeles? Will men and women lose their lives at the gates of the White House or the barriers around the Capitol Building? Will we see an enemy drone sheer off most of the Washington Monument like we watched the Trade Towers go down? If Obama is allowed to weaken the military as much as he wants, our next major war will be on American soil. I’m sure there will be veterans who will volunteer to defend their nation again when it really matters. But will they be allowed to fight with the weapons of their choice? Or will the Pentagon prevent them from being fully equipped to defeat the enemy? If Obama dies in the Battle of Chicago, he might be spared the embarrassment of being partly responsible for our military being too weak to prevent that battle. But if he survives, will he apologize?
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