As I stated before, we all have our own reasons for joining. I certainly am comfortable in that I followed through with my oath to support and defend the Constitution. I hear the "Iraq isn't the only country in trouble" argument all the time. I concur. I can also say that if the U.S. deployed troops to kick ass in Sudan I would have been glad to do that. There are tons of places in the world that could use the attention Iraq is getting. The happiest time of my life was my four months of OEF in the Phillipines against the Abu Sayeff. Unfortunately though, I cannot grab my hunting rifle and walk into Sudan, Tibet, ect, and start kicking ass. If it worked that way I would be there as opposed to posting on this web site.
Because there are more than one place in the world in need of help should we just ignore them all? For some reason no one will give me a straight answer for this. It is certainly true that the U.S. will not be around forever. That doesn't alleviate us from the responsibility of using what power we have to make the world a better place. Oddly enough, while reading Theodore Rex yesterday I stumbled across the words of T.R. which eerily matched my own vision of America's future:
So they have; and so have all others. [nations vanished] The weak and the stationary have vanishied as surely as, and more rapidly than, those whose citizens felt within them the lift that impels generous souls to great and noble effort. This is only another wway of stating the universal law of death, which is itself part of the universal law of life....While the nation that has dared to be great, that has had the will and the power to change the destiny of the ages, in the end must die, ..[it] really continues, though in changed form, to live foreevermore.
So what if some corrupt politician chose Iraq for its oil? I chose it because Saddam was a dick and the people deserve basic human dignity and freedom. If we decided to attack Canada for its forests I would not fight. Canadians are doing all right. It is actually quite a simple equation. Tyannical leader plus Need help = I fight
I have plenty of respect for you X, but you have me at a loss here. As a military man are you saying that you would refuse orders to Iraq? I think it is safe to say that we were not too badly threatened, nor was it required in defense of the Constitution.