“They’re Wasted”: The Price of Pushing Our Troops Too Far
When I was on active duty in the military, an Army friend used to remind me: “Any day you’re not being shot at is a good Army day.” Today’s troops, especially if they’re “boots on the ground” in Iraq and Afghanistan, don’t have enough good Army days. Many of them are on their fourth or fifth deployments to a combat zone. They’re stressed out and tired; they miss their spouses and families. And often they’ve seen things they wish they’d never seen.
Remember, all the soldiers who don't get shot dead in the Middle East come back to America, at which point their problems are likely to become your problems.