Many people have different opinions on wether we should leave or stay in Afghanistan and Iraq. My opinion has changed severly after being deployed to Afghanistan for the better part of a year. Before I had that life experience I was all for US troops being overseas and fighting the war on their turf. After seeing the impact of our presence in their country i have completely changed my mind. They do not want our help to rebuild their country or provide security from the taliban. Their number one interest is money and how much we are going to give them. They will act as if they are on our side and tell us what they think we want to hear. Yet as soon as we leave, the Afghanistan citizens are conspiring with the taliban and giving them information on our location and movements. Also we are not there to fight a war. We are performing more of a police action than being soldiers in a war. The rules of engagment are so ridiculously strict that to fire upon the enemy you pretty much have to get shot yourself. I believe for our troops to be successful you have to let them do what they are best at, which is not worrying about collateral damage and public relations with the civilians. Until these things change I dont think our troops should be over there. We are spending billions of dollars and losing several men and women every year for the improvement of nothing.
Archive for September, 2011
The affects of the fast and furious scandal. Many people see the fast and furious as a sign to have more control over firearms in America. I for one am not one of these people. From what i have read our government and the ATF had allowed several weapons to cross the mexican border. Their plan was to track the weapons that were put in the hands of the drug cartel. By doing this entire villages have been killed plus a few american civilians and a border agent. If the ATF did not have a whistle-blower to point out what they were doing there is no telling how far this could have gone. Now that all this blood is on the hands of Obama and everyone that was in charge of this plan, they are trying to turn this lost into a victory for them. Now that they have everyone in an uproar about weapons they are going to try to make more regulations on American gun owners. They are trying to close the “gun show loop-hole”. The government wants to have everyone register their weapons so they can track and know who exactly has what. This imposes much stricter laws on our second amendment rights. I feel many people are naive on actual gun laws in this country. I have spoken to many people who oppose the right to bear arms. They believe that you can just walk into a gun store and buy a fully automatic machine gun. This is not true by any means. To obtain these kinds of weapons you must have a license that is nearly impossible to receive. I am not sure how all this will play out, but one thing i can guarantee is they will never take my weapons away from me.