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Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 8:30 a.m. MDT

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SEY
Sandy, UT

I spent 7 years in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War era. Growing up in Utah, I had always had my eye on joining one of the branches when I was old enough. When I finally did, I seriously considered making a career of it. I'm glad I didn't.

I've come to understand that any service I was rendering was not to my country but rather to the politically powerful and their wealthy benefactors. I was part of the imperial machinery making the world safe for their exploitation.

You won't see me standing to be recognized as a veteran so I can be thanked for what I did. If anything, I feel the need to stand and apologize for swallowing so much patriotic Kool-Aid that I couldn't see what damage I was causing to America. I love this country, but I'm ashamed of its military adventurism over the past several decades. I'm angry at its "statesmen" who have collaborated with wealthy cronies to destroy the free market for their own benefit at the expense of regular people. I wish it were all otherwise.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "If anything, I feel the need to stand and apologize for swallowing so much patriotic Kool-Aid . . . ."

Then do so. But don't presume to speak for the millions of your comrades-in-arms who have our heads screwed on straight and don't cave in to pressure from liberals to denigrate and dismiss service to America and freedom in the world. Rather, we see service to the Nation for what it really is -- among the best things we've ever done.

And then, when you're finished with your callow, shallow rant, you should thank generations of patriots who died to defend your right to rant.

CLM
Draper, UT

To SEY and the many other comrades-in-arms who join him in his sentiments and have the courage to speak out, knowing they'll be condemned and dismissed for what they know is their truth. Your heads are made straight by your hearts. It is the men and women who see through jingoism to the truth that, for me, are the hope for making this country that I love the "sweet land of liberty" that it is meant to be.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "It is the men and women who see through jingoism to the truth . . . ."

Yeah, but unfortunately, WAY too many men and women don't see through the cynical, liberal jingoism to the actual truth. Rather, they knuckle under to a rigidly-enforced liberal orthodoxy that equates service with sucker, patriotism with patsy-ism, and liberties with libertines.

Reality is this -- America's history is, by far, the brightest shining light in world history. America is the Nation that has more often chosen decency over moral rot, peace over war, freedom over tyranny, justice over inequity, and humanitarianism over barbarism, than ANY other in the memory of man.

And, notwithstanding liberal blather to the contrary, America is still recognized by all but American liberals as the world's last, best hope for future freedom, happiness, peace, prosperity, and decency.

Witness our illegal immigration problem.

Ty Kiisel
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't believe we need to agree with everything our country does to support the men and women who sacrifice in its defense. We may not be perfect, and there are certainly challenges, but we must not dishonor the memory of those who sacrificed that we might have this discussion publicly and without fear. To those who have worn the uniform in our country's defense, thank you.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

With out truth and justice no one will be free.

worf
Mcallen, TX

How many of our political leaders have given inspired speeches of the greatness of this nation?

Happy Fourth of July to our great country!!!

Jack
Aurora, CO

Military adventurism over that past few decades? OK< let's look at the facts. Korea; obligated by treaty and membership in the UN to defend Korea. Vietnam; again treaties signed after WWII obligated us. What was done after we were there is debatable and certainly not the fault of those who fought and died there. Iran; rescuing hostages. Grenada; our presence was requested by the legitimate Governor to free his country from Cuban invaders. Bosnia and Somalia were humanitarian ventures to stop genocide. Gulf War I; Kuwait was invaded and raped and pillaged by Iraq. Broad international support to repel invaders and re-establish freedom. By treaty a no-fly zone was established, which Iraq ignored which led to Gulf War II where the US and allies overthrew a brutal dictator. Afghanistan; Terror base from which 9/11 came. Need I say more?

Now, where was that military adventurism again?

CW3 Jack Beckman, AUS Ret. 34 yrs of service to this Nation.

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