I've always considered myself to be extremely patriotic; and very few topics seem to stir my patriotic furor quite like our military and the millions of American heroes that have served and serve in it.
Many of you will recognize the young man pictured above, he is 23 year old PFC Bowe Bergdahl. If you don't know who he is, he's an American soldier who was captured by the Taliban a couple of weeks ago. The Taliban has, of course, threatened to kill this young man. His life hangs in the balance. No doubt, one day soon, his beheading will be downloadable on YouTube. The very thought of which disgusts me to no end!!!
What I don't understand is why we continue to place our troops in harms way abroad......to what end?!? I'm glad to see that our president is committed to pulling our troops out of Iraq; but I think it's high time that we brought all of our troops home. We've got hundreds of thousands of American troops worldwide; and the money spent by those American troops is boosting up the local economies of the various places they're stationed around the world........why not bring those troops and their dollars home?!? Can you imagine the boost to our own economy here if those same troops were spending dollars in Fort Worth or El Paso, rather than in Seoul or Okinawa?!?
Why are we still in Germany or South Korea or Japan or Saudi Arabia or Kuwait?!? Why?!?
Contrary to popular belief, we're not the world's policeman. We need to both change our mentality and our perception around the world. It's high time that we bought all of our troops home.