Since we pre-emptively invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, and Iraq on March 20, 2003, volunteer soldiers and their families have born the bulk of the burden of war. A New York Times piece paints a bleak picture of the impact on them. An excerpt:
The work of war is very much a family affair. Nearly 6 in 10 of the troops deployed today are married, and nearly half have children. Those families — more than a million of them since 2001 — have borne the brunt of the psychological and emotional strain of deployments.
And we just extended tax cuts that were unnecessary in the first place, and are borrowing every single dollar we spend to send these men and women into harm's way. So no one besides the troops are sacrificing blood or treasure. Fuck these wars. And fuck the politicians who started them - Republicans and Democrats.
Happy new year, America. Hopefully you can pull your collective heads out of your collective asses in 2011.