by Mike Maharrey, TenthAmendmentCenter.com:
Somebody will say it pretty much any time the subject of American troops overseas comes up.
“They are over there fighting for our freedom.”
This has evolved into one of those knee-jerk statements people parrot without question.
But honestly, I do question the premise, at least in some cases. I find it difficult to fathom how soldiers fighting and dying to oust Saddam Hussein, or U.S. pilots blowing up stuff to remove Muammar Gaddafi from power actually advanced my freedom as an American.
But let’s consider the idea on its own merit. Let’s assume that American soldiers, Marines and airmen actually fight for our freedom. If we accept that notion, shouldn’t we evaluate mission success by that criterion? Shouldn’t we ask the question: has the so-called War on Terror actually made us freer?
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