« on: April 13, 2004, 05:00:47 PM »
Zpops, I think if you asked them, most soldiers would tell you that their loyalty is to America first but that they also believe strongly in defending the world. Of course, some soldiers just joined for the educational benefits, but most believe in what they are doing. I also would like to believe that I would come to someone's aid even with some risk to myself. I don't know if I would be as brave if I knew with certainty that I would die, and not having been faced with the choice, can't even say for certain that I would step in. Past behavior (championing the underdog and accepting the consequences at work - though not physical consequences) leads me to believe I would fulfill what I consider is a moral obligation.
As to the choice between someone who risks lives vs. someone who only lies about his personal life - that is the thing. I believe that if Clinton is so cavalier about lying about his personal life then he likely 1) lies a lot so is better at it so 2) has put lives at risk or caused harm to others through his behavior, we simply don't know about all of it yet.
Also, the invasion of Iraq this time likely wasn't about oil, it was about taking advantage of a period when most Americans were more accepting of taking military action and going after someone who had slipped through our fingers before (with Bush's dad, it was more about the oil).
Seriously, I haven't paid so much attention to the political candidates in THIS election so can't say whether I like Kerry or not, but there is no way in hell I would ever want Clinton -who lies, cheats and harms those closest to him so you know he has no allegiance to anyone else (let alone the general public) over Bush.