"It was a betrayal of the public trust. It was a breach of the contract America has with the men and women in uniform and the families who support them. It was an abdication of this country’s democratic responsibility to conduct due diligence prior to declaring war. It was a moral failure of the highest order, and a violation of who we have claimed ourselves to be as a Christian nation."
This is a chilling statement and I think it's reprehensible to find it on Commondreams!
This is NOT a Christian nation! This is a nation founded on freedom FROM religion and freedom from the kind of tyranny that sees imperfect, often arrogantly narrow-minded authority figures using the name of God as false witness to the things they elect to do!
Furthermore, while I can empathize with the pain of caring for wounded troops, the real problem is the type of top-down authoritarian military STRUCTURE that instructs people to leave their personal morality, integrity, and judgment "at the door" and in its place, just follow orders.
While there's no question that drones do a whole lot of killing, the military machine still requires warm bodies and it just might come to a stop in all its killing fields were soldiers to reject the missions on the basis of those lies. It's rather easy to say that they were betrayed.... given the fact that signing up for the armed forces is primarily about killing.
And killing is NOT what Jesus would do. As a matter of fact, the FACT that so many churches pushed the war agenda in the Middle East is proof of how far from the teachings of the Masters institutionalized patriarchal religion has gone. In my view, IT is the anti-Christ.