Hate the war, not the vets
We’ve made clear our opposition to the Iraq War.
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had a deep aversion to Islamic extremists, the same kind who wanted to overthrow his secular regime. In fact, the war Hussein started in the 1980s against Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran was partly to quell the religious fanatic’s calls to topple Hussein.
So we never bought the whole Hussein-in-bed-with-terrorists thing.
And we know he had nothing to do with 9/11.
And we now know he never had any nuclear or biological weapons, the main justification President Bush used for the war.
And even if he did, we always found it silly that people could believe a man whose whole life was dedicated to living another day would one day, just for fun, attack America.
But despite the war clearly being a sham and one of the costliest blunders in American history, one thing is clear: Those fighting it are our best and brightest.
And as another Veteran’s Day passes, and more and more Americans, as evidenced by the election results, come to oppose our presence in Iraq, it’s more important now than ever to remember that teenagers younger than us are breathing their last breath half a world away. For them, and everyone who has ever donned a uniform, we’re with you, always have been, and always will be.
Thank you for your service.