Straight to the heart
This is the reality - the reality that not only are our men and women dying overseas, but the toll their deployment takes on the families left at home. The military is stretched - we've invaded two countries and now in the end of 2006 neither one can be considered stable.
This article makes me ashamed of the government that led us to war. Justified war is fine and necessary, but why have the justifications changed so often?
Further, why does it seem the leaders that haven't served in the miliary are the war's biggest backers while those who have served are the most critical? With John McCain, the former POW in the Hanoi Hilton, having to stand up to the President on torture instead of assuming everyone knows his story and would agree not to treat our prisoners that way. Secretary Colin Powell, a highly decorated veteran who clearly loves his country, having to stand up to the hot air coming out of DC and defend himself, instead of being listened to.
And to top it off, the Administration is eyeing Iran? How are we going to accomplish this?
When you get a chance, read Jonathan Alter's "An Alternate 9/11 History". In a time that called for statesmanship, I think we are lacking.