Originally Posted by RNT
I'm sure that most 8th graders could answer that question for you. If you don't understand why militaries are necessary, perhaps you should try to get some education.. I would suggest you avoid FTL's history teacher, though.
You are confusing "why militaries are necessary" and "use of military to promote a political agenda". They are NOT always the same thing.
In the case of Afghanistan, they are. The military is necessary to prosecute the objectives in the GWOT. You will note that there has been minimum if any protest against the actions in Afghanistan from the Left anywhere in America [excepting that small minority that believes there should never be violence anytime/anywhere]. Americans see it as a necessary battle.
In the case of Iraq, they are NOT the same thing. Iraq was not involved in the GWOT, nor were elements of international terrorist organizations within the confines of Iraq. We invaded Iraq without probable cause, based on false information, decade old WMD information and sketchy motives. The GWOT only became an issue after the power vacuum was created after Saddam's ouster and piss poor planning failed to accommodate the results. The ensuing quagmire is the result of using the military to promote a political agenda.
You will note that the majority of the people can tell the difference, hence the protests and opposition to Iraq, yet full support of Afghanistan. Funny how folks have been able, through history to separate reality from BS.