Bman - Welcome to A2K.
I think you're right about a lot of things, but I sense that you've got kind of a chip on your shoulder.
Our military institutions are not war machine colleges. The war machine colleges I know of are mostly churches, and some businesses. Our military must run no matter who is their commander and chief. I promise you that many of the soldiers in Iraq don't approve of the war, but go out of a sense of duty.
My friend Brandon got shot on his second tour. He returned to the states. He continued to serve the Army by training soldiers and working on his degree. He was approached about returning to Iraq because he was a specially trained soldier and his skills could help. He spent a great deal of time thinking and then decided to return. I asked him why he was going, and he told me that he didn't give a damn about winning a war, but he knew that his experience could help keep some of our men alive. He went out of sense of duty to the men, not the country. Since he was a wounded veteran, he had the option to turn them down and continue to stay in the US and train soldiers. He recently returned.
The republicans like to claim that the military is behind them, but it's just politics. The military is for the protection of the country and you'd be hard pressed to find many that would have come to the conclusion to attack Iraq on their own.
The US is a large collection of many cultures and it's easy to get caught up in our own little insular worlds.
To those in the ghettos, there is no larger image than what happens in the ghetto.
To those in the churches, there is no larger image than god.
To those on the farm, there is no larger image than what happens to our agriculture.
To those on wall street, there is no larger image than what happens in their checkbook.
I don't agree with slkshock's world view, nor do I care for the way he enjoys to express it. It's just water under the bridge I suppose. I wouldn't take the "home boy" thing to offense. Rather, I'd take to offense that he thinks that your political conclusion was reduced to your geography, and then dismissed.