Are we causing undue hardship to our troops and their families in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan? Our nation’s philosophy seems to be let the troops and their families carry the load, let future generations pay hundreds of billions in costs and let the rest of the nation enjoy war prosperity.

Sending troops back to Iraq three or four times for tours of duty will likely cause some soldiers to break down mentally, depending on the intensity and duration of combat. Mental problems, later in life, will likely occur for some.

In addition to more than 2,500 deaths, thousands have received serious injuries which will cause suffering and hardship for the rest of their lives.

The present war in Iraq is such that tanks, planes and artillery benefit our troops very little with suicidal terrorists, house-to-house fighting and roadside bombs. The semi-war with the Shiites and Sunnis increases the danger. The war has gone more than 39 months, a long time, with no end in sight.

We have troops stationed in many countries of the world for peace-keeping purposes, yet we incur much criticism and resentment from many countries in the United Nations. At the same time, we can’t protect our borders from terrorists, drug dealers and criminals. To add to the bewilderment, we have government officials who want to turn over control of our seaports and airports to foreign countries.

Perhaps we should assemble the best brains in the United States to review our nation’s strategy and make suggestions for a sound and sane course of action. Welfare and interests of U.S. citizens should have a high priority.

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