When I first got involved in politics, it seemed the Republican Party was the Peace party and the Democratic Party was the War party. The Democrats had lead us into World War One and World War Two, and the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War. Republican President Eisenhower had led us out of the Korean Conflict. We were right in the middle of the Viet Nam War. Of the three main candidates running for President in the general election in 1968, Richard Nixon seemed to be the one most likely to lead the U.S. out of the Viet Nam War--if elected. Well, I did vote for Nixon both times, and the Nixon-Ford Administration did lead America out of the Viet Nam conflict.
What a difference forty years makes. Now, you've got Republican Presidents twice leading us into Middle East Wars. We seem to be trapped in never-ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why are we fighting in Iraq? No one seems to know.
Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, why are we still fighting in Afghanistan? No one seems to know that either.
Generally, war is a rich man's fight and a poor man's war. Too many of our poor people sent over to the Middle East are coming home in boxes. I know a lot of the pro-war people blame the victim, saying, "They knew it was dangerous when they volunteered." Well, that's just hogwash. It is always dangerous to defend your country, but we should choose our enemies more carefully, so that we are actually fighting a people that are a threat to us.
I say let's bring the troops home now.