After thinking about our conversation about your struggle to respect, honor and stay loyal to the troops you fought with in Iraq who died, i believe that Honor and Loyalty Demand you Reject this War and Its supporters in the White House and Congress
I dare to say that you have been betrayed by the President and his right wing extremist Republican congressional cronies. You or your relatives courage, honor, loyalty and commitment to the USA have been betrayed by liars and crooked operators who put you or your kin into a war that did not have to be. And then they failed to protect you with adequate equipment and armor. They immersed you in a field filled with radioactive fired ammo made from depleted uranium. They shamelessly take away your veterans' benefits and you family's benefits.
Discovering you or your kin were betrayed is not dishonorable. Cating in good faith is honorable. Denying the truth and continuing to fight, continuing to support a liar president and his lying congressional croniesthat is dishonorable.
Then things get complicated and muddy. There are no weapons. The bad guy is a jerk, but there are dozens of jerks just like him and the other ones arent worth going after, just as he isnt. And your commander and chief and his friends have begun to dismantle the very freedoms you went to fight for, or your buddies fought and died to protect.
When do you let go of the loyalty to that commander in chief who you know is a liar?
There is a pain that comes with facing hurtful truths that can exceed the pain of a battlefield wound. The pain is worsened by the forced change in your understanding of reality. You must face ideas and perspectives that you never thought youd imagine. Yo may have to turn the reality you used to live in upside-down. The people who you trusted betrayed you. The people they said were not trustworthy are the ones where you find the truth.
Times are hard. Giving meaning to death and sacrifice is a supreme challenge. You want to get it right. Its not about the freedom of the Iraqis. Its not about spreading democracy. Those were lies the war liars spread around to grease the tank treads and cannon barrels. We havent protected the US or the world from terrorism. Weve made it worse.
Wake up and see that the best way to show your loyalty is to raise your voice and speak out against this dishonestly started war, to support the troops by expeditiously bringing them home. Keep your honor and honor the fallen by speaking out and telling the truth so all will hear and all will know. Honor your lost loved ones by protecting the democracy they fought for by insisting upon punishment for the liars who deceived them into going into a war based on false premises. There is no honor without facing the truth.