I know Veterans Day has passed. I posted the following on Facebook, and want to also post it here. I believe that what I'm expressing is pertinent all year 'round...
The purpose of a military is to defend one's nation from being invaded and/or occupied. It is good and right to recognize and honor every American veteran, past and present, who was willing put his or her life on the line because he or she believed their service was achieving exactly this purpose.
It seems to me though that if we just automatically accept it when our government sends our men and women in the military to kill and maim and be killed and maimed and to occupy other nations, when in fact there is either no connection or only the most far-fetched connections with defending our nation from being invaded and/or occupied, we make a mockery of the bravery and suffering and death of our soldiers.
Everyone must decide for him or herself when or if this is ever the case. For me, sadly, there is no doubt that in our military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, we are making a mockery of the bravery and suffering and death of our soldiers.