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Are members of our military who may not support all of our current conflicts unpatriotic?

I saw someone else on here state that if you don't support the wars and conflicts we're involved in then you don't support our military. However, I personally know some service members who haven't always supported conflicts we've gotten involved in or that they have served as a part of. Does that mean that those service men and women who feel that way are not patriotic or do not support our military even though they served?

Personally, I think that you can support our service men and women without necessarily having to support the conflicts they are involved in.


Asked by miss_lisa at 3:13 PM on Jul. 2, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • That's an ignorant statement. No our service men and women have a right to their own opinion but they do their duty anyways even if they don't agree.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:21 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • I think that's a harsh judgement. Either way, they're putting their lives on the line for our freedom and ideal of what being an American is. The people making these judgements aren't risking their necks for our behinds.

    It's completely possible to support our military while not being agreement with what our government is doing. That to me is what being patriotic is about - establishing your feelings on a matter and not being persecuted for going against our government.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 3:18 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • No. Servicemembers have thoughts and opinions just like the rest of us. However, except for a few, orders are followed and the mission is accomplished. Patriotism is subjective.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 3:20 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • 90% of my company does not agree with WHY we are in other countries. That doesn't make us unpatriotic. Makes us human.

    Answer by cueballsmom at 6:51 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • As long as they are IN the military, they WILL do as they are ordered. The smart ones keep their personal feelings to themselves. The dumb ones vent and are courts marshaled or otherwise dishonorably discharged.

    Answer by annabarred at 9:32 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • MommaClark3, there are those who are currently serving who don't agree with us being in Libya. There are those who were already enlisted that didn't agree with Iraq. There were those who joined after 9/11 and afterwards got sucked into a war they thought was wrong with Iraq. There were those that joined who believed in our mission in Iraq and only to find out that our government essentially lied to the and us.

    Then there's the whole situation with Vietnam.

    There are a LOT of reasons why someone may join the military then disagree with the actions they are forced to take.

    Comment by miss_lisa (original poster) at 6:22 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • One can do as they are ordered and not agree with it. They may not voice their opinions until afterwards, but does that mean they don't have a right to that opinion or that the time they served is any less important? Does having that opinion mean they are less patriotic? Does it somehow mean they don't support our military?

    Comment by miss_lisa (original poster) at 9:34 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • Having an opinion contrary to your orders is a moot point. When you are in the service, you park your personal opinions until such time as you are discharged. If you are speaking of comments made to family during leave that would not in any way affect the morale or cohesion of the unit, that is totally understandable and not considered insubordination...just being human. But when you are in your unit, you give your heart and soul to the service and you would expect others serving with your loved one to do the same. To do otherwise, would be to potentially put them in harms way. Focus must be in one direction only. Politics are not in play. Their very lives depend on trust in one another.

    Answer by annabarred at 12:19 AM on Jul. 3, 2011

  • Can you answer the question, annabarred? I'm not asking whether or not they can give their opinions to family members or their unit. What I'm asking is if it makes them unpatriotic or means that they don't support the military if they do not support the conflicts the US is involved in. I've repeated the question for you and you have yet to answer it. You just state what the rules are and when it is and isn't OK for them to state their opinion.

    I'll ask one last time to see if you get it - does it make them less patriotic or does it mean that they don't support other service men and women if they don't support the conflicts that the US is involved in?

    They may put their heart into their job, but that doesn't mean that they have to agree with what they're doing all the time.

    Comment by miss_lisa (original poster) at 12:26 AM on Jul. 3, 2011

  • No, that's not true

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:57 AM on Jul. 3, 2011