I can tell you why I stand up for Supporting Our General. I've been on the ground. I've had to choose between buying the gear I needed or doing with substandard gear from previous decades. I've experienced getting a free beret and being denied modern boots. I've been on the blunt end of policy afflicted by political motivations. But most importantly, I know what happens when someone far from the battlefield attempts to override the Commander in the fight.
But I am but one Veteran and cannot claim to speak for everyone. I cannot claim that every Troop agrees with my position. In fact, I can guarantee that some disagree. The military is made up of every segment of American Society, including those of the left and right sides of the aisle. Officers are by UCMJ prohibited from speaking out against the CinC. Soldiers are by UCMJ prohibited from participating in Uniform about politics. Few will risk stepping across that blurry line or risking UCMJ to openly state their position. I was quiet for decades, except for to a few close associates.
So, what are other Veterans, what are other combat Veterans saying?
Jonn Lillyea asks "Who Wants to be the last to Die for Kerry's Lies?"
Jonn also points out that the "Top Priority" has received only "15 Hours" of attention
Jonn also reports that "Karzai Questions US Reliability"
Matt Burden of BlackFive quotes Polticians on the Petraeus Plan.
Uncle Jimbo of BlackFive Points out that both Afghan Presidential Candidates Support Our General
Deebow of BlackFive wrote An Open Letter to the President
A Marine's Brother & Father points out the Risks Indecision puts on the Troops
Subsunk on BlackFive quotes Victor Davis Hanson
Neptunus Reports on The Advisers against listening to Our General
Jayme Evans in An Open Letter to The President Canada Free Press
Bouhammer found a gem to post over at Military Pundits:
Now we have clarity. The request has been on the President's desk since August. The conclusion of the comprehensive review and implementation of the Obama Strategy in Afghanistan was completed in March.
So, who opposes Victory in Afghanistan? The IVAW, currently led by cowards who have not deployed, that in many cases went AWOL even before they had orders to go.
Lest, you think this is somehow new, Uncle Jimbo was fairly clear in January: Wars Don't End. They are Won or They are Lost:
Meanwhile, The Democrats Debate whether to Support Our General or Support Political Strategists.
But that's only some of the opinions out there. These are some more that Support Our General: