But opinions are like elbows, everybody's got one. The only one that counts at this moment in time is President Obamas, and he has a decision coming up soon on how many soldiers to pull out of Afghanistan. It has taken the death of Osama Bin Laden to finally even get the conversation started. Recently I've noticed something missing in the newspapers and news shows on television. There were no articles or even pictures of the two wars we are now involved in the Middle East. With the 2012 elections coming up; with all the insults and slurs being tossed around at a sickening pace, no one is talking about the wars we are currently involved in. We have men and women being maimed and killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, and no one seems concerned.
In these 10 years, the United States has spent more than $1 trillion on combat operations, including foreign aid, reconstruction projects, embassy costs and veterans' health care, and there is no end in sight. Just leaving out the loss of life, billions are being spent every week, yet the media and the politicians are not even mentioning it. There are no politicians standing up in the wells of congress demanding to bring our soldiers home. No journalists writing stories on how we have been there 10 years and if we haven't accomplished our objectives by now, then it's time to re-adjust our thinking. It's time we brought our brave soldiers home.
No matter who is elected in 2012, the process of negotiating a budget will come into play. How do you make a budget to pay down the debt that everyone is so "concerned" about, when you can't even figure in the wars and the costs that come with them? Billions are spent on wars and billions more are going to be spent on the veterans coming home from these wars. Many have injuries that cannot be seen -- families are living with these men and women who have PTSS. Broken marriages and suicides are at an all-time high .
Now we have the men from Iraq and Afghanistan coming home. Many have done two, four, six or more combat deployments. Each time they go back, it gets that much worse. We sent these men and women over there time and time again. Many lost their families for being away for so long. Many lost everything and have nothing to come back to when they do come home. It is estimated that more than 250,000 Veterans are homeless.
This is our problem, and I don't hear anyone addressing it. Do we need jobs? Sure. Do we need to balance the budget? Sure. There are a hundred things that we need to do to fix this country. But forgetting a United States Soldier in his time of need is sure not one of them!