Let's see - the military was sent into a hell hole to fight with their hands tied behind their backs, and then were pulled out so they could watch the areas they conquered by loss of their friends be over-run by maggot terrorists while the politicians crowed and crowed. And the politicians wonder why the soldier's morale is low?
The world is run by idiots that can't remember what happened yesterday.
Actually, they can remember; they don't care.
Ok, this comment is completely biased as a vet who just spent 2 1/2
months in a VA hosp. and spoke at length to many recently discharged
vets. They are uniformly p!ssed. The army is currently culling any and
all combat vets they deem "not playing well in sandbox with others". You
don't like the new "Rainbow " regs, you're out, point out readiness
issues being covered up? Out. Tired of constant chickensh!t diversity
classes/re-education? Out. The list is endless and breath taking in it's
effect. Over 15k combat arms NCO's released from service since 2012
before ETS. Ditto junior officers. Breathe wrong and you're barred from
re-enlistment. There is a truly fundamental transformation taking place
under our noses, the warfighters are being replaced by petty bureaucrats
and social diversity placeholders. Promotion boards are no longer based
on merit, but more closely resemble EEOC hearings. This could be
Obama's most lasting and deadly legacy, an Army that can no longer
fight, much less win. This will not end well.
But most of the politicians don't care, because it won't be their ass on the line.
No, this won't end well. The question is how much blood it will cost before some of this can get straightened out.
I'm remembering the father who called an admiral who showed up at the funeral about the idiot ROE his deceased son had written to him about, and the admiral offering "Well, it might get some people killed now, but it will pay off in the future!"
How the father kept from kicking the shit out of said admiral, I do not know.