Just for a moment, let’s remove the political aspect of this headline. You’ll notice I didn’t title it, “Why The Troops Hate Obama”. The overhead view is the most tell-tale perspective an though its tempting to call this article vague, it helps remove the details from the problem and examines the basics. Headlines tell you why the troops don’t support Obama, but what does that mean in context to how their jobs are done?
Well, a number of things. First, it re-introduces us to the idea of soldiers fighting in what they don’t believe in. Vietnam left turmoil in the hearts of soldiers and citizens, leaving America with two countries to worry about. On the other side of the coin, World War 2 invigorated healthy social movements and pride in one’s homeland despite devastating circumstances. Which would you rather? Everyone has something they don’t agree with at their workplace, but when you are bound by law to serve an extreme purpose in the chess game of international politics, you need to believe in what you fight for.
Second, it throws morale in the trash. As we just touched on, it’s important to believe in your work as a soldier. When soldiers don’t believe in what they fight for, they don’t believe in themselves. War is no walk in the park, no one can afford to lack motivation or hope.
Furthering the conversation, what happens when soldiers come home? The aforementioned factors affect their health even after they’ve arrived at home. PTSD is the most common but what about less prominent emotional fatigues? Executing something you don’t believe in builds resentment. It helps more Americans lose hope in their government. Unfortunately, this often deters people from being a part of it entirely. Our soldiers and veterans should not be among those who want to remain uninvolved.