Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Night Open Thread

I hope none of you have been looking to this blog as a source for news regarding the presidential election, as I tend to write about politics with a focus on military matters. I exhaustively covered the GI Bill issue, and I've touched on foreign policy a number of times when it pertains to the United States military. But tonight in an AoD first, I'd like to hear your thoughts on what it means for the future of active duty military and veterans when one man is elected president tonight - Barack Obama or John McCain, either through the lens of domestic policy or foreign policy. I'll be sitting here with plenty of Blue Moon on hand to witness history.

17 comments:

Victor said...

I don't want to go back to Iraq, so let's go Barack!! SSHHHAAUUU!!!!

Anonymous said...

We won't have a military under the Messiah....we probably won't have much national defense at all. But, we won't have any poor people (or rich people), healthcare will be free, and we will all have snack lunches with those silly terrorists.

This is a glimpse of what people really think about military service.

Alex said...

Victor:

Shaaaaaau!

Anon,

Pretty spot on.

Victor said...

Dude, looks like we're not getting deployed again. SSHHHAAAUUUUU!!!!!!!
I can say it enough. SSSSHHHHAAUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alex said...

Victor,

The man who stood with us won. Ain't it grand?

BigD said...

Hi Alex,
I think President-elect Obama will have his hands full trying to figure out what to do in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and the generally scary Middle East. There is no "quick-fix" answer and it seems that even those soldiers who have served in both wars (OEF/OIF) are divided on the best way to resolve the conflict. Our overburdened and underfunded military is another pot that is waiting to boil over and should play a crucial roll in any decisions regarding the continued deployment of troops overseas.

I want all of our troops to be able to come home and stop fighting "the war on terrorism" ASAP! Can Obama figure out how to do that? "YES, WE CAN?" I'm not so sure.

The hole is deep and dark. How far will we let our soldiers fall? How long before we pull them out?

God(s) bless you Alex. Hope you enjoyed the Blue Moon.

Anonymous said...

I am now more motivated than ever to return to OCS this summer in service of everything that I love and believe in and now also the New President of the U.S.A. Barack Obama!

one smarmy mama said...

Dude,

I don't really know a lot about this issue, despite reading your blog for a while now.

I think that Bush, however, didn't have respect for the fact that he sent sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters.....into harms way. During the Bush administration, I felt like he viewed the military as a tool, not a collective of people. And that bothered me.

I don't think Obama will approach it the same way. I hope more people come home alive and well.

Erik said...

Alex,
It has been a while since I have visited your blog. I saw a picture of some troops in Afghanistan watching the election returns. It reminded me that I should check and see what you have been up to. Also, I thought that you might want to see this picture. It tugged at my heart. http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m292/soonersusan1954/ObamaAfghan.jpg

Shaaauuu said...

Im not going back to Iraq anymore! Where does it start? Americas Army Starts Here! What are we? ARMY STRONG!!! Go Recruiters!!! lol! SHAAAUUU!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

America's foreign policy will not change under Obama. We have 14 permanent bases and the largest American base in Iraq, Americans will be there for a long time no matter who sits on the throne. Obama wants a larger military and wants to pursue his own war, Afghanistan. Ask the Russians why Afghanistan is called the grave of empires. If anyone thinks this marks the end to 15+ month deployments, you got another thing coming. Washington continues to push Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, North Korea, and others into corners. You should be preparing for longer deployments 'cause they're surely going to need more meat for the grinder.

raven said...

He wants to pursue "his own war". That's a brilliant statement, jesus what bullshit.

Deus Ex said...

Good sir,

First time commenter (sorry, but I had to add it).

I would like to say two things:

I really enjoyed your nonpartisan coverage of the GI Bill, which definitely caused a major shift in my opinion of McCain.

Secondly, Blue Moon, given its price, is one of the top 3 beers available.

Long-time RN said...

Best to you this Veteran's Day and every day, Alex. Thank you for your service.
Cathy B

[ vaughn ] said...

I happened to just believe more in Obama's concepts for the wars that are going on in the middle east in general.

McCain probably could have figured things out also.

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Autzenduck said...

This is bullshit - Barry won't let my family defend themselves in my own house while I'm away - I'm sure he'll do fine defending the country.

Does your vote for Barry come with a signed white flag?

Alex said...

Autzen - Haven't you heard? Victory was declared in Iraq, by the Stars & Stripes anyway. And your family can keep their guns, just like I'm keeping mine. There has been no indication of stronger gun control laws that would take guns out of the hands of anybody.