Today, we (patriotic Americans) remember all those who have perished in the line of duty in service of this great nation. Thank you to all you men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice a citizen could make, who knows how many are free and alive today because of what you did. We all should be grateful that you did your duty no matter what situation you found yourselves in.
On the same note, I also hope that we can stop the senseless waste of life some day. Many of those brave soldiers did not have to die, especially not for the benefit of other nations and people. It is time we restricted ourselves to only fighting when absolutely necessary for us, the United States, and for no one else. Material support is one thing, but being bled dry by another nation or people’s greed is never a sensible option.
One major, if not the major, example of this is Israel. 60 years after the establishment of the state on seized Palestinian territory, Israel has one of the best armies on the planet and is well equipped, mostly by the United States, to defend itself. So let’s let it fight for itself. If its existence in its present form is justified, no Arab leader will be able to bring about its destruction.
It may be “the only democracy in the middle east”, but is an artificially created foreign nation really worth the passing of thousands of American soldiers spread out over several decades? At what point will a US President tell them that they’ve become a cost we will no longer bear? At what point will middle eastern politics actually be taken care of in the middle east (as opposed to in Washington)?