I have two Marine sons. Just think — the seventh anniversary of 9/11 is coming up. My sons were in eighth and 10th grade then.
Now they may be fighting in the ongoing war in Afghanistan. My older son just returned from Iraq tour, with two years in Okinawa before that. My younger son is deployed to Okinawa on a two-year tour now but got his Web orders to Camp Lejeune when that’s up on January 2009, and from there to Iraq (unless that’s changed for the Afghanistan surge).
If we have the same leaders and generals the entire seven years, without a shake-up like with getting Gen. Petraeus into Iraq, nothing will change. It will just mean more young troops in the Afghanistan “surge” with the same leadership, which hasn’t gotten the job done in seven years.
It’s scary for me, as a Marine mom, to send my active duty son into that, or to have my other son, who just got out after four years and is in the Individual Ready Reserve for three years, activated. They could possibly be in Afghanistan together, if there is a surge. And if the leadership is not changed, they could be under the same ineffective generals.
Kansas City, Kan.