We honor and respect their choice & their sacrifice.
May they now rest in peace.
Yet I can't condone the practice of war, and I don't subscribe to the notion of obtaining peace via the avenue of war.
As we remain in Iraq a 7th year, Rep Grayson makes this point:
On May 30, 2010, the direct cost of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan hit $1 trillion.
And in a few weeks, the House of Representatives will be asked to vote for $33 billion of additional "emergency" supplemental spending to continue the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Requested by a President who ran on an anti-war platform. Passing this legislation will mark the breaking of another promise to America, the promise that all war spending would be done through the regular budget process. Not through an off-budget swipe of our Chinese credit card.
Bush could never explain why we went to war in Iraq, and Obama can't explain why we are 'escalating' in Afghanistan.
So, why? Why spend $1 trillion on a long, bloody nine-year campaign with no justifiable purpose?
Imagine that we chose not to enslave ourselves to a massive military state whose stated goal is "stability" in countries that never have been "stable", and never will be.
"Imagine all the people, living life in peace."