Comment: He should honestly and forthrightly say

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He should honestly and forthrightly say

that the purpose of the American military is to defend THE TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES against attack by a foreign power, nothing more, nothing less. If you really believe he is screwed both ways, why not just choose the morally and ethically superior way and TELL THE TRUTH.