Did he sign up before or after 9/11? Ah, it doesn’t matter, really. We’ve been fighting these “police actions” for decades. If he so happened to join for freebies during the lull between Iraq wars and figured all we’d be fighting were Kosovos, well, tough luck. I certainly know I’d never serve unless forced in an army that has little to nothing to do with defense. Which is our armed forces since the Spanish war, at least, and arguably since 1812.
He signed up two days after 911 to fight those responsible for the terror. He didn’t sign up to go to Iraq. I (and others of the Pat Buchanan wing of the Conservative wing) have a certain amount of sympathy for his point of view.
Yes, the Rats exploited Bush’s decision to invade, but that decision cost the conservative movement the House and possible presidential elections for years to come.
I hesitantly went along with Bush, but this turned out to be another fiasco. Don’t know that I can ever support another foreign adventure by our Gov’t again. They never end well.
I enlisted right after Nam but have seen too many young kids wasted in Lebanon, etc.
Let’s defend the homeland from our own borders.