Sunday, December 18, 2011

The War Is Over At Last

What began with shock and awe ( and horrified surprise for some of us) ended with a whimper as the United States signed over its last remaining base on Friday and the troops moved out to Kuwait..  A war that cost the United States more than 800 billion in treasure and close to 5,000 military lives in blood and God only knows what in bad karma, finally is over.  Many of us wish it had never begun and look forward to consigning the Iraq war to the big blunders of government pile. We just want to move on.

But let us not forget the thousands of men and women who served in this war.  Over 30,000 of them  are already at home recovering from wounds received and trying to recover their lives as well.  It is time for the rest of us-- whether we approved of the war or not ( I most certainly did not from beginning to end) to honor the service of the people who fought and not to forget them. I am ashamed when  I read that more than 200,000 Iraq vets are homeless or of the vets who can't get jobs or whose homes are being foreclosed on.  This is just not right.

Lets breathe a sigh of relief and give the soldiers a big welcome home-- but most of all, let's acknowledge their service by seeing that we treat them right once they are back home.  Only then can we really say:


H/T to The Political Carnival  for the great cartoon.


mommapolitico said...

Yes, my friend, let us not forget. Because our military industrial complex already has. Before the ink was dry on the paperwork ending their deployment, many have received their new deployment paperwork: to Afghanistan. Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.

Bring them home. All of them. Now. Thanks for honoring the men and women who so proudly, and without question, served in Iraq. Great post.

pinkpackrat said...

Thanks momma-- we are, as usual, totally on the same page. I just heard about the Afghanistan deployments today-- for shame-- really. Wonder what would happen if they brought back the draft and started making everybody have a stake in these military operations instead of just the career military folks? There would be hell to pay, that's what!