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Out of Sight, Out of Mind for Many of us


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There were three more bodies returned through Dover, DE last night. One of them en route to Texas. If you don't keep up with the current events on TV or newspapers you may not be aware of the soldiers still losing their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. At some point this war has to end. Already it's the longest war in our American history.

 

We lost over 58,000 soldiers in Vietnam and over 6,000 in the current wars of Iraq and Afghan. Most of the soldiers who deploy to war leaves from here at Fort Hood, Texas on large aircraft carrying them their gear and their arms. Most of you know we have many young men and women fighting there and are the ones losing their young lives.

 

Now the President is being criticized for wanting to bring the troops home sooner than he had planned and he was criticized for wanting to end this war at that time. My guess is we can never please all the people some of the time. The lives already lost are not in vain by any means but to continue losing young lives to a cause that started with lies is in my opinion senseless.

 

If we could see the gain in the war perhaps we could see the justification. These countries has been killing their own people and in war for years and years. Even the Russians were there and they got out warning the USA it was useless, of course we didn't listen!

 

Being here at Fort Hood, Texas and attending many of the funerals looking at the young wives and husbands in grief brings much pain to my heart. Just to think I was almost one to return in a flag draped box from Vietnam. I can see the need to end this war and bring the troops home to their families, parents and kids.

 

It's easy to forget the daily loss of lives in a war this long and "Out of sight, out of mind for many people" in the NATO countries, not just America! This is not a blog subject I wanted to talk about but the different minds of people just got me to thinking about the loss of precious young live and the older soldiers fight and guiding the younger troops in their commands and units.

 

So, I hope I don't or didn't bore anyone reading this blog. Anytime you got kids you just want them to grow up and have families of their own and a chance at living the American dream like so many of us have done! That make us grand parents too you know. We all love those grand kids and the great grands to keep us young!

 

I'm turning the big 70 in 30 days (22 July) and to me, there is no better joy than spoiling grand kids. By the way, our president will unveil his plan on withdrawing our troops tonight on TV 7pm central, 6 eastern time! Try and watch if you can!

 

Did members reading this blog see the televised speech by the president tonight??? Wednesday 22 June 2011! CNN or your local news may carry the presentation again?

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FRED,

I AGREE WITH YOU, WE DON'T NEED TO BE OVER THERE. THE AFGHAN PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE OVER THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR COUNTRY. WE DID OUR PART AND NOW IT'S TIME TO LEAVE. I JUST HOPE WE WITHDRAW IN A SAFE MANNER. I TOO REMEMBER THE FLAG DRAPED COFFINS AND BODY BAGS FROM VIETNAM. THANK YOU FRED FOR YOUR SERVICE IN PROTECTING OUR WAY OF LIFE.

 

-WILL-

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Fred, I totally agree with you, we didn't need to be over their. Those countries have their war and peace upside down. We won't change a old dog. War is all they

know, they have never known what peace is. remembertolaugh, Jeanniebean :cocktail:

I would of like to see Bush W's girls serve in this war. That may have given him a different opinion on this war.

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