I don't like to talk about politics on my blog or at all really, but this is something that is bothering me.
There is clearly a disconnect between the US military and a good portion of the nation. Quotes and comments I have seen, in regards to the possible strike are disheartening to say the least. Insensitivity, disregard for the military and sheer ignorance is what much of it has been.
A lot of people have the misconception that action like this is no big deal for the military/military families and wont have much of an impact at all. It is a big deal and it will have an impact! A strike like this has the potential to become something bigger than the president wants us to believe. That means it has the potential to take the lives of more of our military members. Who are still out risking their lives and being killed in Afghanistan by the way... Things like this also cost a lot of money. The military has already been cut and reduced in numbers because the government lacks the necessary money.
So, this comment from Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent has me pretty annoyed. You'd think she would be a little more connected to reality with the job title that she holds.
"...I don't think it's really going to affect military families at all. This is going to be, if it is ordered, a cruise missile strike, no U.S. troops on the ground, Navy ships out in the eastern Mediterranean that would be on deployment anyhow."
Then you have those clever marketing people who are so insensitive that they would use the president's catch phrase "No boots on the ground" to sell things.
Come on now.... What poor taste....
Anyway, back to my original point. A large portion of our country is obviously disconnected from the military and their families.
Please take a moment to remember that our military members are not robots or empty beings. Our military are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters.... They are people. People who chose to serve our country and keep us safe and protected. Those of us that love people in the military are reminded every day of this. When the potential for military action arises, it tugs at our hearts and we feel a pit in our stomach knowing that if it happens, it will affect us in one way or another. A military strike against another country is not something that is no big deal. It's not like running an errand on the way home. It is also not something that is funny, witty or otherwise good to mock in the name of business.
ETA: This has nothing to do with my opinion on whether it should be done or not. That is a whole other subject that I do not plan to get into on my blog :).