Climate To all the veterans who read Climate Progress by Joe Romm Nov 12, 2007 1:04pm Share 0 Tweet 0 Comment Thank you for your service to this country. Share 0 Tweet 0 Comment 7 Responses to To all the veterans who read Climate Progress Miccky Mouse says: November 12, 2007 at 2:18 pm Thank a veteran for what exactly? Going off to exotic places, meeting exotic people and shooting them… John McCormick says: November 12, 2007 at 2:40 pm Miccy Mouse is an illusion. A Cartoon, in fact. No rational being could make such a cruel comment on this day. I thank veterans and veterans not among us (my brother Michael) for being what they are (were); wearing the uniform..and they owe us no explanation for their choice. We owe veterans our gratitude and financial support for readjustment and rehabilitation regardless of how we feel about the outcome of their sacrifice. Possibly a quarter of homeless persons are veterans. Suck it up Miccy and do something for those homeless veterans beside kicking them in the gut. They live(d) with our political failures and our victories. Joe says: November 12, 2007 at 3:29 pm Thank them for putting their life on the line for this country. They are not responsible for any policy choices made by our leaders that you — or I — might disagree with. Ambitious Wench says: November 12, 2007 at 9:10 pm You’re welcome. A. Wench 9 years in the US Navy, where I had to put up with sexism, racism, homophobia and never once had to kill anybody. Miccky Mouse says: November 12, 2007 at 9:13 pm Don’t feel too comfortable and righteous. It was not that long ago that we watched in disbelief as Rumsfeld led the unprovoked “shock and awe” attack on Bagdhad, killing many 1000’s of civilians in the process. History will be less critical than they are of Hitler because the winning side has a degree of editorial influence. I agree that US soldiers do not form US foreign policy. Nevertheless, in Iraq today civilian deaths number in the 1000’s each month whereas military deaths are only in the 100’s. Farenheit 911 shows evidence that some soldiers at least enjoy their work. Iraq was offensive not defensive. It was not about high minded principles such as freedom and democracy – it was about bringing Iraqi oil to market to solve (or rather delay) the liquid fuels crunch that is starting to engulf the US today. I am a UK citizen and tired of our forces being drawn into US miltary adventures in the name of our precious “special relationship” with the US. I well remember Bush’s comments at the Gleneagles G8 when he made it clear that the US had no intention of cooperating with the UK over climate change if it wasn’t in the US’s interests. So much for the special relationship. Joe says: November 12, 2007 at 9:24 pm Well, all an American can do is apologize to the rest of the world for Rumsfeld and Bush. Even the moderate/conservative Economist thought Rummy should have lost his job in May 2004 over Abu Ghraib. http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=2647493 Apparently he did tender his resignation (twice) but Bush refused. Sad. I have a tad less sympathy for UK citizens than for those from other countries, since Blair dove in head first — he was not dragged kicking and screaming to Iraq — nor did he get anything in return. Still, I think one’s distaste for Rumsfeld and Bush (and Blair) should have no impact on the respect due to U.S. or U.K. veterans. donald the duck says: November 13, 2007 at 10:18 pm I have to side somewhat with the mouse. i can understand that many may feel like they are serving their country by joining the armed forces In actuality they may be doing it (and the planet) a greater disservice. How many countries have we invaded since WWII? Too many for me to count. How many people have died from our bombs and bullets so that we can have this neo-colonialist empire that has led the way in polluting and destroying this planet’s environment? Way too many for me to count. There are so many better ways to serve your country.