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  1. #1 SACRIFICE = Paige Bennethum 
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    Paige Bennethum, 4, holds her daddy's hand as he lines up in formation before heading to Iraq.

    No one had the heart to stop Paige from lining up with her daddy.

    May God Bless our troops and all of the families and children that make such sacrifices.


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    Wow.

    Poignant.
    Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
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    +1 :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba Dawg View Post
    Wow.

    Poignant.
    At least you could think of something to say...

    me not so much, so...

    ditto ;)
    Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
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    We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
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    I am typically an old softie anyway, but wow, did I tear up immediately.
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    That breaks my heart and makes me mad. We have lost enough lives in Iraq and Afghan. Eight years is too long to fight a war.

    Flame away. My solution is to withdraw troops, spray the poppy fields, blockade Iran and threaten to nuke them if they train one more terrorist and make one more IED.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    That breaks my heart and makes me mad. We have lost enough lives in Iraq and Afghan. Eight years is too long to fight a war.

    Flame away. My solution is to withdraw troops, spray the poppy fields, blockade Iran and threaten to nuke them if they train one more terrorist and make one more IED.
    I tend to agree with you!
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    That just melts my heart! With my husband being Navy and deployed right now as we speak....it hits home :(
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    Being a twenty year Marine Vet, one side of me wants to just say...... hey, it comes with the uniform and the paycheck AND the Oath. The inevitable separations are part of the career pattern. Not much to be done about it. To be expected and planned for.

    On the other side of the coin, with my past experience in another endless war to go on......... THESE present "occupations/wars" have gone on much too long. I am reminded of nothing more than the prolonged agony of the Viet Nam War. Only two exceptions, these wars are fought in sand and mountains rather than jungle, and in these examples we have no politically recognized antagonist with which to "negotiate" a "peace with honor" () with. (Should we decide to "bug out" quickly.)

    We can ask a lot of our troops, but to ask them to dangle their lives in repetitive "tours of duty" without a decent end of this in sight goes a bit too far, IMHO.

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    Big differance between the other "endless war" is that the people fighting this one asked to. There is not a single person serving today who did not know the risks when they took that oath. There are some, like myself, who want to get over there even more. I've been to OEF once so far. I keep asking to go again, but just haven't been sent yet.

    I keep seeing all these things talking about how stressed the military is. I'm just offering my opinion, but I think we have a whole lot more to give before we get close to our breaking point.
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