If we look at this in context of presidential history; President Eisenhower warned us of the military industrial complex, President Kennedy, after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, learned to be wary of his generals and we are learning more and more about what atrocities were committed in Vietnam, so if our President exercised his leadership as our Commander in Chief with restraint and circumspection, I don’t blame him. I wonder why Robert Gates chose now as the time to have his memoirs published; as a C.I A man by training, I would think that he would err on the side of discretion and being tight-lipped. In terms of President Obama’s goals for our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan, I am glad that we are out of Iraq and I would love to see us out of Afghanistan as I am sure that our troops are. I believe that an extremely important job that we face related to the two wars, is how are we going to repay our soldiers now that they are home. Yes this book is bringing the debate once again about those wars, instead we should be talking about the food stamp cuts affecting our veterans, the foreclosure crisis affecting military families, disabilities and treatment, job training, mental health issues and homelessness. We apparently had loads of money to send them to war, we need to devote the same financial concern towards their re-entry into civilian life, it is the least that we can do for them.
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