I talked my own nephews out of it - probably saved their lives.
The way I see it, there are four reasons people join the military:
1. To get all the government paid benefits of military life; Health care, dental care, education, housing, retirement, wage, job security, travel etc.
2. To "defend" the United States
3. To exact revenge on the bad guys who "terrorize" us
4. For an "adventure." Probably driven by the glorification of wars put forth by Hollywood, literature and the media
All active service members go along with U.S. foreign policy and apparently agree with it. Because THEY are enforcing it.
NOT ONE member of the military was forced to go to any conflicts we're in today or since Vietnam.
But SOME vets, like the one who wrote that letter, obviously came to the realization that we were duped by that rotted war-mongering Bush administration.
And even though he himself was part of Bush's illegal/immoral/unconstitutional war, I now applaud him for seeing the light and having the guts to bash Bush
I'd be doing the same thing - only a little less polite.
It's possible that many of our soldiers are products of Dept of Education's lies, propaganda and indoctrination.
"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."