My 22-year old son is in the Navy and I had a great conversation with him this a.m. He's stationed in Point Mugu, CA as an AZAA (he supervises maintenence on the F-18's and experimental aircraft).
I am posting this because there is a bias out there believing that military=republican. Dustin loves his country as much as anyone but is still willing to question why this administration put us in an untenable situation in Iraq. His cousins are both in the Army...one in Korea and one on his way to Iraq. We visited about the DSM, Bush's plan in '99 to get Saddam and the false claims of WMD. Obviously, he doesn't have much conversation with his superiors on these issues, but he can't be the only one in the Navy with these views. He is proud of his service and doesn't want to see other military put in terrible positions to satisfy this administration's hubris.
His grandmother, on the other hand, asked me the other day if I thought Dustin was "patriotic", yet. I informed her that dissent was the highest form of patriotism. When I told him about this, he just laughed because we all know how many hours a day she watches Faux News.
Anyway, it's just good to know that there are "thinking" people everywhere and satisfying that he at least listened to me about something in his teenage years <g>.