Veterans Day 2010 Will Include One Newly Retired Soldier, Disillusioned And Disgusted By The Politicization Of The Armed Forces And The Battles They Wage On All Of Our Behalf's
The following letter (thanks to BLACKFIVE for the heads up) was written by a newly retired Air Force Major, Mike Banzet. In it, he describes how his career in the military was on an upward trajectory with a promotion on the horizon to lieutenant colonel, when, after 22 years, he became disillusioned and disgusted by the politicization of national security, war and even death. As a result he retired mere days before Election Day.
The leaders of our nation, led by the commander-in-chief, are tasked with keeping Americans safe from those who would wish to harm us. To turn this task into a means to try and earn political points is as despicable as it is dangerous. Not only to those of us who are safe and sound at home, but particularly for those who are squarely in harms way. Below is a short excerpt from the letter written by Major Banzet, with a link to the entire thing. It is a must read, and a warning to those in Washington who would turn the realities of war into a political football.
Why I Quit by Mike Banzet