I am writing in response to Diana Linville's letter.
The thing that reached off the paper and struck me in the face was about the young man who joined the National Guard for the educational benefits and was not told by his recruiter he would be deployed to Iraq.
I know a little about that. I joined the U.S. Navy in 1983. My recruiter did not tell me I would sit off the coast of Lebanon or Libya. Of course he did not know. I did not know at the time. When I raised my right hand, I swore to obey the orders of the officers in charge of me, the president, and defend the Constitution of the United States. That young man did also. In his case, he took an oath to obey the governor of the state where he joined.
Contrary to the belief of many liberals, the purpose of the U.S. military is to protect the interests of the United States. Our government has decided it is in our best interest to deploy troops in Iraq. That young man may not agree with that, but he should have thought about that before saying "I do."