First I have no military exp. I grew up in the vietnam era and have family members serve and been lost in every conflict since WWII.My son currently serves and has just returned from deployment in the persian gulf. In my opinion America has lost sight of the world situation overall. The military has been politicised and is no longer effective due to the politicians telling our commanders whats off limits to a military solution. the vietnam [conflict] That we lost so many of our fellow americans in was a joke to the administration. lbj would not allow us to bomb certain parts of north vietnam, we were not allowed to pursue the nva into laos where the nva had r&r camps and weapons and ammunition dumps. now afganistan where the same situation exist with the terrorist going to pakistan to regroup,rearm and retrain .America has become a paper tiger to others in the world. They know that we talk a great game but don't have the stomach or perserverance[from the american public or politicians to see it thru] The troops are true blue heros going into harms way on the whim of a fata$$ed politician that has military contractors lobbys paying them a fortune to keep it up but don't go too far. We'll make money untill the American public gets fed up then hell we'll call'em home no harm no foul.Except for our poor lost children,fathers,mothers brothers and sisters. I'm sorry for the rant but I get so damn angry that America has become such a fool in the eyes of the world. If it's worth one american life it should be carried out to the fullest extent of americas might if not we should'nt have wasted that one american life and politicians have NO BUSINESS INTERVENING IN MILITARY STRATEGY. would you hire a politician to fix your A/C AND REMEMBER DICKY CHENNEY IS whoops excuse me was the ceo of haliburton brown and root the military contractor that does'nt even have to bid.America needs to stand firm and let the rest of the world know we mean what we say at all times. And screw with us at your own risk. END OF A CONVOLUTED and somewhat crooked rant.