After 9/11, I expected to see the same response to that attack that occurred after Pearl Harbor. There was no call to arms, there was no draft or military buildup, and instead of marshaling our industries for war, we had them outsourced overseas for cheap labor. Tax breaks for the wealthy, and going into debt to China was the way to fund that war, and later in Iraq. Except for 9/11, I would not have supported the war in Afghanistan. Having served during the cold war, I knew that containment works, and the war with Iraq was totally unnecessary.
I opposed the Iraq war, but in addition I was shocked about how poorly the war was conducted and supported. I couldn't believe all the private contractors running around the battlefield getting killed. What the hell were civilians doing there? We just had the first female four-star general appointed, who specialized in logistic. It take a lot of military education to know how to support and supply troops in the field. It is not for amateurs. I also couldn't believe they brought in these military contractors. You could have fielded a number of divisions for the money that has been wasted on them. The war became a cash cow for big business, and the troops were not properly supported in the field. I am glad Congress is looking into this situation, but I don't think I will get any rest after Bush has gone.
Pervis James Casey
Nov 14 2008 - 11:16pm