US veterans are just as war-weary as the general public, according to a recent poll which found nearly two-thirds believe the war in Iraq “was not worth fighting” and more than half think the same about Afghanistan and Syria.
“Veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan are no more supportive of those engagements than those who did not serve in these wars,” Pew Research Center’s report, published Wednesday, observed, confirming a trend of war fatigue that other pollsters have noted.
Vets were slightly more likely than their civilian peers to think the Iraq War had been a bust, considering the costs versus the benefits to the US, with 64 percent declaring it had not been worthwhile. While the Iraq war ended in 2011, it was reanimated, zombie-like, not long after as troops were redeployed to fight the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
Afghanistan got marginally more favorable reviews, though 58 percent of vets still believed the longest war in US history had been pointless…
Major General Smedley Butler (“War is a Racket”):
“In the World War, we used propaganda to make the boys accept conscription. They were made to feel ashamed if they didn’t join the army.”
― Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier
Will Griffin (former soldier):
“I never served or provided service to the American people or the people of Iraq or the people of Afghanistan. Who I did serve were the corporations, the weapons manufacturers and the politicians, who benefited their careers off of these wars and off of the lives of my fellow soldiers and innocent civilians”
Go ahead left, right and middle warmongering-assholes, call these two quotes, and the following article, ‘conspiracy theory’:
‘We did bad, evil things there’ – Vet turned peace activist on growing dissent with US forever wars
Published time: 13 Jul, 2019
A recent opinion poll shows the majority of American veterans think foreign wars were not worth fighting. RT spoke to one such person, who says his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan served weapons manufacturers and not people.
“These wars were unjust, illegal, immoral, should never have happened,” Will Griffin, who is now an anti-war activist and organizer, told RT. He said that would be true regardless of any poll.
America’s growing disillusionment with endless military deployments on foreign soil was highlighted in a Pew Research Center report on Wednesday. The polling agency said 64 percent of veterans in the US thought the war in Iraq was not worth fighting. The same answer was given about Afghanistan, the longest war in America’s history, by 58 percent of those polled.
Griffin said one didn’t need to look deep to see that engagements in the Middle East were reprehensible and senseless.
“More civilians have died than enemy combatants. Veteran suicides are at all-time high. There are no schools or hospitals being built in these countries. More bombs are being dropped. And terrorist organizations have risen exponentially since 2011. So every goal that we had going in to Iraq and Afghanistan have failed by every single measure,” he explained.
As a veteran, he knows well the feeling of guilt that one can bring back from a deployment.
“The things that we did were very bad and evil things. I spent two years in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “As a mechanic I most certainly worked on vehicles that killed people over there. Who they killed I do not know.”
The full interview can be found here:
He said after returning home and educating himself he realized that he was basically cheated into believing that his military service was justified.
“I never served or provided service to the American people or the people of Iraq or the people of Afghanistan. Who I did serve were the corporations, the weapons manufacturers and the politicians, who benefited their careers off of these wars and off of the lives of my fellow soldiers and innocent civilians,” he said.