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I have heard this phrase frequently in the last few weeks. It finally struck me.  It was one of those “wait a minute!” moments. Then I said WHO,  is war-weary? Yes, our military has been fighting non-stop for years, waging some simultaneously. They have not only been deployed, but beaten into the ground. And beaten, meaning no  definable win to the American eye. Or military eye? Beaten, by our own leadership when, with a stroke of a pen, a deployment becomes extended. A few more months on an FOB battle field, a continent away from loved ones and language, or culture; a few months of which must feel like a lifetime. Add the demand for even more boots-on-the-ground. It blows to hell the schedule of the 'weekend warriors' like an improvised explosive device. Besides being in combat through seven-day weekends for months on end, what happens if those months are extended mid- or close-to-end-combat?  What do they get when they have to make war 'overtime'?

 Our military deaths, have for the first time, been counted more in suicides than in combat. A bit of reading on our military you will further learn that less and less Americans are touched by war and its' bloody reality, for the last decades of war. Less than one percent of American families have members deployed as military soldiers, private contractors notwithstanding. That is compared to approximately nine percent during WWII.  Not to mention, but to scream, we have plowed into war that was spun as a “war on terror” (something you don't hear much anymore)  and to save us from weapons with destructive capacity to be massive (I get weary of euphemistic acronyms overused to make meaning, meaningless); Or now in Syria, to rescue children, victims of a civil war of multiple sides, with interchangeable labels of 'good guy/bad guy. Horrific no matter what side you look at. Or scream at from the middle and beneath.

  Americans certainly cannot claim weariness from living under the threatening, ever-present buzz of drones meant to kill, trained on human targets labeled 'squirters'. How is that for a new buzz (word) of war?
What about the cost of these endless wars we wage? Do we feel even that, since, at least under Bush, it was unpaid, and just tacked quietly to the deficit. How come those dollars go unfigured, unless they are humanitarian aid? I have heard of the nearly two million refugees made by the Syrian war but also the inhumane lack of humanitarian aid. If I had a dollar to spare, that would be where I would offer it.  If only...

So how dare we be war-weary? When we oughta be outraged. Outraged, a long time ago. A lot more of us. Screaming about the indiscriminate killing of civilians (there are those kids again!) in many places. Screaming about the suicide rate of our soldiers. Screaming about a president who quickly utters “imminent attack” but deftly walks back to a calm-ish bully pulpit to claim diplomacy doesn't stand a chance without a big stick in the form of cruise missiles. Yeah, we definitely need to spank Assad for his use of chemical weapons; while we ignore the chemical weapons on other sideS, or maybe just the one the CIA has been training.  No matter if civilians are killed along the way on the military spanking. I think they call that 'collateral'.  No matter that some of those chemicals came from our shores. Or that others have chemicals stockpiled in the region. Or worse, nuclear, You can HAVE your guns/weapons/chemicals, as long as you don't USE them. Is that not the reason for nuclear weapons in the first place? I guess it is like insurance. You have it in hopes you don't use it. With the slight caveat that nuclear weapons can mean mutual death and destruction. Remember, insurance typically excludes war and acts of God. Sure, blame Allah/God, ___, some do..

So what the hell are we weary of? The only geography lesson that most Americans likely have time for as they struggle to stay alive with illness and no medical care? Or to read with less and less education? Stay afloat financially when the unemployment runs out?  If our only war weariness comes from our domestic battles, we have no damn right to be war-weary.

It is also hugely ironic to claim war weariness when we have a gun culture grossly protected by a single amendment-right that has been stretched to the moon and back. Our right is so prized, people with blindness, in at least one state, can conceal a gun and tote it more and more places, like playgrounds and state parks to name just two. We live in a culture that is moved to terrible life-long tears when a public space or classroom is instantly turned into a zone of war. Then wait a few months while the tears of the public have gone dry, wreathes to follow. The life-long equation of that misery remains with victim's families, the few American families who may feel destroyed. Hey wait, like the very few Americans who are truly ripped apart by our decades-long state of war we wage in other places in the world?

I am not war-weary.  I am war-furious. War-outraged. I hope I am among more than a very few.

Originally posted to boty on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 02:31 PM PDT.

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  •  Have you tried (7+ / 0-)

    Do your part, man.

  •  I'm glad you mentioned how beat up the military (15+ / 0-)

    Is - not enough gets said about that. Too many politicians, pundits, talk show hosts, and blithering idiots are always talking about using 'the military' like its a bunch of toy tanks, planes and ships that are bloodless, easily used and thrown into conflicts, and replaced if they're damaged or destroyed - no big deal! And they forget that it's really made up of people, who are none of that.

    It's especially irking to see the Right always demanding military force on one hand, and claiming soldiers as 'their own', and how much THEY care for them. It's all lies and brainwashing, as they send those soldiers uncaringly into the meat grinder again and again.

    "Communism is mandate by Christian based humanity of the Western culture. Vive la revolution!"

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 02:49:36 PM PDT

    •  So true (7+ / 0-)

      And that fact is it isn't for defense of the US.
      It is cover for the corporations to go in and plunder another nation's resources.
      We pay, they keep the profits. And not pay taxes.
      It is for the defense companies. I read that most of the equipment in Afghanistan will stay there cuz it costs too much to send home. As was Iraq.
      Then they get to sell more toys.
      Then the fact that those that fought have to fight to get treatment.
      And Congress keeps voting down more money for the VA.
      I do not understand why people join up.
      Especially seeing how vets are treated when they get home.
      To risk becoming a stump, no arms or legs. TBIs, ect.

      Passing a law that the Constitution doesn't allow does not negate the Constitution, it negates the law that was passed. Secret courts can't make up secret laws. SORRY FOR THE TYPOS :)

      by snoopydawg on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 10:04:50 PM PDT

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      •  And don't forget Halliburton and KBR (7+ / 0-)

        Companies that Dick Cheney had incredibly close ties to (such as Chairman of the Board for Halliburton), getting exclusive no-bid contracts to supply our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan - where for one small example, charged the government almost $500 PER GALLON of gasoline, and were the sole supplier. And KBR was hired to do construction on the rebuilding of Iraq - buildings that used sub standard materials that started to fall down as soon as they were built. And they also were paid tens of millions to build US barracks that were so badly built, 18 American soldiers were electrocuted in the showers due to faulty wiring. All work and contracts through Halliburton and KBR were done without inspection, or auditing.

        Where are the BENGHAZZZZZZZI protestors demanding accountability for these crimes?

        "Communism is mandate by Christian based humanity of the Western culture. Vive la revolution!"

        by Fordmandalay on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 06:34:51 AM PDT

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      •  Why people join up ... (0+ / 0-)

        Many times, because they are desperate for employment.

        I think that if we had low unemployment, we would probably have to implement a draft.  Or ... pay "subcontractors" to fight.  I think those would be called mercenaries.

        •  I should also add (0+ / 0-)

          That this is just one of many reasons.

          Many joined up the the aftermath of 9/11 for entirely patriot reasons.  They stay in because they feel a responsibility towards their fellow service people.

          Through the ages, though, if we didn't have young people (mostly young men) who didn't believe the THEY could be hurt or killed, we couldn't have a military.  Similar issue with young folks who drive recklessly or won't get health insurance.

    •  And have "other priorities" when it's their turn (1+ / 0-)
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      to pick up a rifle. And then there's stuff like this:

      A Democratic pol's son doesn't want to enlist. RWNM: That pantywaist, limp-wristed, Amurrika-hatin' liberal wimp! Filthy, terrorist-aiding Clintonoid coward! (etc. etc.)

      A Republican pol's son doesn't want to enlist. RWNM: It's his own personal choice. We respect that.

      •  One need not be a firefighter, etcetera (0+ / 0-)

        All excuses we heard tiresomely throughout the 2000's as one after another fire-breathing freedumb wingnut turned out to be hiding in his Mom's basement, thousands of miles away from the deadly action he was clamoring to get started.

        One thing I am sure about when someone identifies as a Republican these days: 90% chance of being a sniveling coward and would probably fold like a wet cardboard box under the thumb of any authoritian, meaning they'd betray our nation in a heartbeat.  That's just what I think of the Republican character these days: traitorous and weak.

    •  War is organized theft (0+ / 0-)

      That is all it ever has been.

      I appreciate the sacrifices of the people who gave us our freedom, but those people have been dead for two centuries and longer.  The people who died in our more recent wars, as honorable as their service is, as courageous, have been casually wasted by casually wasteful, evil people who use war to make money.

      One day, this country will round up the most recent circle of war-mongering jerks, and hang them high for everyone to see as an example.  On that day, we will finally have peace.

  •  War wary is what we are. We will not give assent (7+ / 0-)

    without serious debate and having our advise heeded.  Has is been successful in the Middle East with war?  Most of us say no hence the war wary awareness.

    •  But our weariness of war should not be our (1+ / 0-)
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      criteria for whether or not we go to war. I think war should be avoided at all costs and used as a last resort and not be waged on whether we are weary. Otherwise, a politician sticks his finger in the wind and sends our military all over this earth for stupid reasons because he can because we aren't weary of it...ridiculous.

  •  righteous commentary (8+ / 0-)

    i concur with you 100 percent.  war weary implies that the public is weak.  we are not weak.  we are fed up with war as the answer to all situations.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

    by noofsh on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 02:54:51 PM PDT

  •  Congress' kids need to enlist (7+ / 0-)

    if the political warmongers are serious about war.

    Michael Moore was correct:

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 03:00:14 PM PDT

  •  Well said. Should we go to war in Syria? (6+ / 0-)

    Hell no!

    So many books--so little time. Economic Left/Right -7.88 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -6.97

    by Louisiana 1976 on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 03:31:39 PM PDT

  •  War weary IMO as a vet advocate (15+ / 0-)

    is where you are when you have passed outrage.  
    Enough vets coming home committing suicde and blown up from IED's or dealing with PTSD and the Vietnam vets and older vets stepping aside for the newer vets don't want to have to look for more shattered lives.  

    I am war weary.  I stood and protested the wars.  To no avail under Bush.   I have seen literally with my own eyes..dead vets....I don't want to see any new kids dying from some stupid war that makes Lockheed and the MIC keep the drums in tune.  

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 03:34:51 PM PDT

  •  Not just war weary, war wise. (9+ / 0-)

    From the transcript of ABC's This Week; August 31, 2013:

    STEPHANOPOULOS: OK. Let's analyze all this now with our panel of experts, Martha Raddatz, just returned from two weeks in the Middle East; former Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General James Cartwright; and Vali Nasr, a former senior adviser to the State Department, now dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, author of this book, "The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat."

    And Martha, let me begin with you, because we just heard Secretary Kerry say there this is not Iraq.

    But I was very struck by an interview you did earlier this month with General Dempsey, where he said that the shadow of Iraq hangs very heavy over the military leaders.

    MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: I think it does. I think they look at that all the time and it always hangs over the American public, too. This idea that the public and that the military is war-weary; the American public and the military is war-wise. They have been through this before.

  •  "Regime change" (5+ / 0-)

    "Nation building, Democratically elected leaders, Weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, Bad guys, Mass destruction, Insurgents."

    Whenever they start rolling out these over used tokens, the BS detector lights up like a Christmas tree. Thanks, Vetwife, I also protested the Iraq war, even tho it didn't help.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 03:01:51 AM PDT

  •  Who's war weary? Me. (8+ / 0-)

    I'm war weary. Even though my wife and I are both veterans with a combined total of 36 years service (myself retired Army), and a son who did a tour in Iraq, I can say most emphatically that we are war weary. Outrage came a few years ago, now I'm just tired.

  •  The proper time to go to war (6+ / 0-)

    is when there is no alternative. When it is absolutely necessary for a nation's warriors  to fight, in order to protect its people. That is the right time to wage war, and that is the only right time to wage war.

    War is deliberate killing. It is an evil thing, a destructive thing, and it should be avoided if at all possible. Sending soldiers to distant lands to meddle in the affairs of distant peoples, by actually killing them, is a terrible mis-use of deadly force.

    The American public has been conditioned to believe that killing people for a noble purpose is a moral thing to do. That we, as a nation, have the responsibility to use lethal force in order to prevent abuse and bloodshed all around the world.

    No. That is not our responsibility. Furthermore, by acting as if it were our responsibility, by using deadly force to effect changes in places we do not understand, we more often than not worsen the situations we are trying to improve.

    To refrain from war-making is not necessarily to be "isolationist". The USA has enormous influence and resources all around the planet that can and should be used to promote peace and justice, and to help beleaguered people wherever we can.

    But we should not be trying to help them by waging war against their enemies. Because in the long run, waging war helps no one. In the long run, war always creates more problems than it solves. We might have learned this by now.

  •  IRAQ KIA 4,488; 2.813 soldiers; 1,022 Marines (4+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:25:58 AM PDT

  •  486 Nat'l Guardsmen, 104 sailors, 54 airmen (4+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:27:12 AM PDT

  •  8 Defense Dept Civilians, 1 Coast Guarder (4+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:28:21 AM PDT

  •  Where's the Iraq WMD? NONE, Bush43: Happy (4+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:30:50 AM PDT

  •  35,000 Iraq Wounded in Action; not WIA: 35,000 (4+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:31:29 AM PDT

  •  Iraq costs over 30 YRS: 2 TRILLION (4+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:32:16 AM PDT

  •  2 MIL left IRAQ; 2 MIL Internal Displaced (4+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:34:11 AM PDT

  •  War weary?......never. (2+ / 0-)
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    bastrop, micsimov

    .....unless you're talking about a war to be waged by a black democratic president .

    If a John McCain were beating the war drums, how weary would the right wingers be then?

    I'm really pissed off this time

    by suspiciousmind on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 08:49:00 AM PDT

    •  The polls show that lack of support was (0+ / 0-)

      not related to political party.

      Here is a link to a  Pew Poll.

      Granted, it was conducted fairly early on (Aug 29-Sept 1), but I don't believe the relative percentages changed much over time.

      Opposing airstrikes:

         Total:       48%
         Dem:        40%
         Rep:         40%
         Ind:          50%

      Favor airstrikes:

        Total:        29%
        Dem:         29%
        Rep:          35%
        Ind:           29%

  •  "Americans certainly cannot claim weariness (0+ / 0-)

    from living under the threatening, ever-present buzz of drones meant to kill"


    Thanks for this diary. It is important, and service members, per usual, get lost in the shuffle when they are actually front and center.

    The place was utterly dark—the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent.

    by bastrop on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 09:28:06 AM PDT

  •  And still we lose.... (2+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler, lotlizard
    And beaten, meaning no  definable win to the American eye.
    Because there is no "winning" when the initial act of invasion and attack or dropping bombs from drones is/was done by the US and the commission of same means that the US is committing war crimes (besides torture of "detainees" who are not legal prisoners of war) just by attacking and/or invading said countries..., and there is no "winning" when war crimes are involved, even if there are "military wins."

    I was outraged before the invasions and attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq, and couldn't understand at the time when no one else seemed to be as upset as I was - or, at least I got that impression from Moronic Media who were only too happy to go along for the ride.  I knew the invasions were war crimes..., but no one in Moronic Media talked about it (and I wasn't internet savvy at the time or connected to any political blogs).

    I remain ashamed of my country for committing war crimes and continuing those war crimes under Obama who has added some of his own with more drone bombings.

    The acts of committing war crimes makes us losers.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 01:53:57 PM PDT

  •  Not War-Weary, Just Skeptical (2+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler, micsimov

    I don't think Americans are necessarily war-weary.  As tragic as US casualties were in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially to those involved, we sustained far higher losses proportionately in Korea and Vietnam (not to mention the world wars).

    I think what happened with Syria is a basic lack of trust in the representations of the US Government.  Even supporters of Obama's initial push to strike Assad felt uneasy relying on any representations of US agencies and felt compelled to cite intelligence from those of governments that were not military partners in this (e.g. Britain, Germany, the EU).

    This is the deep and long term legacy of the Bush betrayals.  Americans no longer will give a green light for adventures based on the word of a President, even one they voted for.  We have come a long, long way from JFK's "bear any burden" speech.

    Maybe that's a good thing.  Time will tell.

    Unfortunately, sometimes it may mean doing nothing when we should do something.

    "Hidden in the idea of radical openness is an allegiance to machines instead of people." - Jaron Lanier

    by FDRDemocrat on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 02:31:52 PM PDT

  •  The vast majority of our population has (1+ / 0-)
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    no idea what war is about, nor do they want to.   Memorial day is just another long weekend with a few flags flying around the beer cooler.   Raise the question of a draft if we go to war and most, except the professional military and a few who feel patriotically motivated...say Hell No!  

    Those who read about what's going on...and care...have a right to be weary of the never-ending bullshit coming out of Washington.  Blood and taxes wasted on military actions with no achieveable objective and certainly with no will or plan to win.   Still, that's nothing compared to sleeping in a hole full of water... or crapping yourself rather than crawl out of the hole to do your business and get torn to shreds.  

    Have you ever been so scared you think others can hear your heart pound and your mouth goes dry and you tremble?  And then you do what you have to do do.  

    Our combat veterans have even greater cause to be angry.  Chicken-Hawk members of government and our society asked them to write America a blank check payable with their lives...or perhaps at least their limbs and their future.  And what do they get?  Mostly screwed.  The VA is a well intentioned organization and I've met many VA employees who care.  Many are veterans.  But the bureaucracy and the long waits and, for many, accessability (distance, etc) is agonizing...and the process of determining benefits and % disability, etc.  

    America...war weary?  More like bored with it...or tired of hearing about it...or "philosophically opposed" but with no real sacrifices...again, for the vast majority.  

    The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri

    by Persiflage on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 05:15:00 PM PDT

  •  These are not wars, they are police actions. (0+ / 0-)

    And our casualty rates are on about that par...
    These police actions are keeping us safe from terrorist and weapons of mass destruction.

  •  Syrians are probably more war-weary (0+ / 0-)

    than any American, civilian or military.

    The Democrats care about you after you're born. --Ed Schultz

    by micsimov on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 06:15:22 PM PDT

  •  You know who _is_ war weary, though. (0+ / 0-)

    The prisoners in Guantanamo who are innocent.

    They suffer like the inconvenient little child in Ursula LeGuin's story, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. The child that all the "serious" people try to forget, otherwise the whole system is exposed for what it is.

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by lotlizard on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 02:24:19 AM PDT

  •  "War weary" is a lie. A bogus talking point (1+ / 0-)
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    deployed by politicians who don't want to admit what's really going on:  the American people have decided that this kind of "world's policeman" "war(s) of choice" "endless war" foreign policy is a mistake.

    We don't want to do it again.

    We don't even want to keep doing it where we are currently doing it.

    The party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. Where is our party? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:17:07 AM PDT

    •  The US Empire is over (1+ / 0-)
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      We are tired of being in charge of everyone else's petty disputes.

      There are a few loudmouth cranks in this country who think they get to micromanage everyone else's business, but since they lack the balls to put their own asses in the line of fire to achieve those goals, I figure they're going to be easy enough to ignore here, soon.

  •  Hell yes I'm tired of all this war all the time (0+ / 0-)

    shit.  It has been one damn thing after another for over the last 23 years.  What the hell happened to that peace dividend we were supposed to get?  Oh yeah, the Koch brothers, Halliburton, and all the rest of the gang snatched it.

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