I hate war; however, I am not against a just war.
To me there is a big difference between a warrior and a warlord. The brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces are the finest and bravest warriors this world has ever seen.
Courageous U.S. troops have spilled their blood in Afghanistan and Iraq, battling terrorists, dictators and thugs. I am disturbed by the way the media is playing up the hype and riling enemies over the recent Quran burning and the U.S. soldier who has been accused of going on a rampage in an Afghanistan village.
Those unfortunate situations are isolated events being reported in an irresponsible way by the media.
Perhaps there would be fewer of those situations if, when the U.S. entered a war, it entered to win. The objective should be to level the enemy with powerful and swift force. However, political correctness and a hypersensitive mentality are defeating U.S. forces faster than bullets.
To me, it is like sending troops into harm’s way with guns that shoot corks attached to strings. Elected officials should be put on the front lines of battle for a day and have their rose-colored glasses crushed by a tank and see how fast their thinking would change.
When U.S. forces fight a war, they should win a war. A victory should be declared and the U.S. flag should be raised and new patriotic songs should be written.
I am proud to be an American.
The Rev. Douglas Taylor, Lewiston