Originally Posted by snowspot66
Yes. Lots of patriotic civilians lost their jobs in the past few years. Unfortunately George has put us in a position where I'm not sure it's possible to cut down troop levels. Though I'm sure half the country, including myself quite often, are ready and willing to just say **** it and bring everybody home. It's been damn near ten years and I'm not sure we can say we've accomplished anything politically other than piss people off.
I think you are downplaying how much all the killing we have done has helped. They spend there time re-organizing the new power structure as much as planning an attack on usa. They concentrate on whats going on in pakistan, in afghanistan because we are there dogging them all over. It does help even though I totally understand how people see it as a futile effort.
It's not like how war used to be where you lose 50 thousand troops, win, lose or tie, and then come home in 3-4 yrs. These new wars are more like 20 troops here, 50 troops there, 10 troops here etc etc and never seem to end. It's like a slow grinding hell that I think all of us admit has to end at some point. Not sure Obama has that type of balls yet, but maybe if he makes second term by then he would.