Iraq War Veteran To Peaceniks: Stop Using U.S. Military Casualties for Political Purposes!
More words of wisdom from Scotty, the 24-year-old United States Marine Corpsman, wounded Iraq War veteran and honored member of my online discussion group, the 9/11 Neocons.
Last time I quoted Scotty, it was in response to San Francisco's anti-military values and this time, it's his response to the anti-war movement's cynical use of U.S. military casualties for their own political purposes. In particular, the candlelight vigils that were held recently to mark the 3000 casualties in Iraq thus far:
As everyone knows by now, 3000 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the war began. Now I'm not using that as some sort of milestone for a protest like some are planning for today. Instead, I wanted to point out the continued commitment of the U.S Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine.I couldn't have said it better myself.
After almost 4 years of war and 3000 deaths, the military keeps meeting and exceeding its goals for new service members. The detractors say that this is in large part due to what they call the "poverty draft," which, in my experience, is for the most part a myth. Even if it was true that someone joined the military because of his or her economic situation, the thought that somehow that is a bad thing is just downright anti-military.
In the end, we have no draft and everyone in the military is a volunteer. So unless these new members of our armed forces and current members have been living under a rock since 9/11, then they know the risks.
So my message to the protesters that hit the streets today is this: Stop using American soldier K.I.A numbers on your stupid banners and propaganda. You really don't care about our fallen soldiers, it's just a number to you that you can use to rail against this country.