As mentioned in a previous post, you already know that veterans are fastly becoming Bernie Sanders biggest supporters, both morally and financially. That fact does one wonderful thing: it renews one’s faith in a political system in which decidedly anti-veteran Republicans mostly convince veterans that they give a sh*t about them. After all, this is the party that loves war when it’s somebody else’s kid fighting to make democracy safer for their defense portfolios.
While not as significant as how Senator Obama’s opposition to the War in Iraq factored into the 2008 presidential election, Sanders’ foresight into predicting what would become of Iraq after the invasion, thus opposing it in the first place is, indeed noteworthy. Moreover, that Hillary Clinton was a fervent supporter of the Iraq war, though not as newsworthy as it was during her ’08 run, highlights Bernie’s prudence in foreign policy.
But even if his then opposition is not grabbing headlines, one veteran is taking notice–and that’s really all that matters anyway.
Eric Gunlefinger, known as CharlieDarwinsFather on Reddit, created a post titled “An open letter to Bernie Sanders from a Veteran of the Iraq War,” which he then submitted to the SandersforPresident subreddit. Besides having one of the most epic Reddit names, Gunlefinger did not shy in heaping praise on Bernie for having the guts to oppose perma-war. Gunlefiger fought in the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines and was involved in major combat missions in the city of Fallujah in 2005 and 2006, and again in 2007.
Read His Incredible Letter To Bernie Sanders Below:
I want to thank you. I want to thank you for exercising sound judgement even when everyone around you was beating the war drums.
See I fought in the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. I saw more blood and death than any 19 year old ever should. The amount of friends I’ve lost to war will likely be surpassed by the amount of friends I’ve since lost to suicide.
I know first hand the moral cost of war. One of the most painful truths that I must go through life with is that I fought in an unjust and unfounded war. While my intentions were good and I fought hard for the men to my left and to my right, and while I thought what I was doing what was right for the people of Iraq- I was wrong.
You knew this. You knew this before we went to war and you fought, and you spoke truth to your peers and though your words largely fell on deaf ears, I am truly heartened to know that I now have a chance to vote for a man who exercised sound and moral judgement when the war drums were beating the loudest.I have a son. He is only one and a half years old but someday he will be 18 and I fear that if we continue to elect the same establishment politicians, he too will face the same decision that I did, and he too will go off to fight in an endless quagmire and that he too will come home, broken, and never fully returned or worse- never come home at all.
So thank you, Senator Sanders, for being of sound mind and judgement. Thank you for being the only voice in this race that does not want to continue this legacy of warfare. Thank you for being the only voice that is and has been standing up for those of us that fought in these misguided wars. Thank you for giving me hope for a peaceful future.
Sincerely, A U.S. Marine – 0311 Operation Iraqi Freedom
As the Bern man has said in all of the debates, the Iraq war was one of the biggest foreign policy disasters in history. It’s comforting to know that a man who fought in it sees Bernie as being on the right side of history.
Featured image via 2nd Marine Division.Mil