Letter: Volunteer forces paid entire price

A U.S. Marine watches a statue of Saddam A U.S. Marine watches a statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled in Firdaus Square in downtown Baghdad. Photo Credit: AP, 2003

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Newsday's editorial "Hard-learned lessons of war" [March 24] was probably the most complete and concise article regarding America's relationship to war that I've read in Newsday in recent years.

The only missed point was saying that it was un-American that our leaders were never required to make a case for how Sadam Hussein posed an imminent threat to the United States or its interests. The part that's un-American is that we sent active duty and reserve soldiers, sailors, Air Force members and Marines into harm's way for two or more tours of duty.

Using the military in this way is an unconscionable disgrace. Maybe if our senators and congressional representatives had to put their own children or other relatives at risk, they would make better decisions.

Frank Conroy, Holtsville

Sign up for the Opinion newsletter and get the latest analysis delivered to your inbox.


Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.

You also may be interested in: