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  •  Look, I can't be more in awe of people who (3+ / 0-)
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    are willing to sacrifice their life in combat or in any other way, for that matter. I could never understand that selflessness and resolve.

    I'm not American, so maybe this has something to do with my question about the President's statement, but anyhow:

    So this week let’s give thanks for our veterans and their families. And let’s say a prayer for all our troops – especially those in Afghanistan – who are spending this holiday overseas, risking their lives to defend the freedoms we hold dear.
    I know he needs to say that, I know there is no possible way to approach the public as if your country invaded another one wrongfully and has bombed the shit out of it for oil or a tyrant they used to support/armed in the past, or something else. Heck, I think Obama is torn over whether Iraq and Afghanistan were needed or not. He's had to say the same things about Iraq, just like every other President speaking about past or current senseless wars that amount to nothing but political chess and no regards for military or civilians.

    But talking about the military defending "your personal freedoms" in a country not even remotely close to attacking yours in any way, but at politicians' and billionaires' whims, is damn disrespectful (understatement) to anyone involved in the carnage that needn't have happened. Especially to millions of dead civilians who did not do anything to warrant the "US democracy treatment" over the past 40 years. Why could that one bit, which basically says Because Evil, that's why not be left off and such a speech be changed to something like this:

    So this week let’s give thanks for our veterans and their families. And let’s say a prayer for all our troops – especially those in Afghanistan – who are spending this holiday overseas, risking their lives for our country.
    Would it be so damn difficult to be the least bit respectful to the non-American victims in all of this? Every time a President, no matter how great he can be at other times, utters something that amounts to "War halfway across the world, because YOUR FREEDOM" it makes a mockery of democracy.

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