Do you then agree with what Bush did, by going AWOL or would you have rather he say
"I am against this war and refuse to fight?"
I would have much more respect for him if he had said he was against the war and refused to fight than to "pretend" he was in the military when he actually was AWOL.
If they were drafted then I might agree with you, but, each person serving in the military now is there by choice. No body force them to go in. The military offered them schooling, training and in some cases a college education. Then when it came time to pay back what they had received some of them want no part of it.
I think there is a difference when you truly believe in what you are signing up for and then finding out you have been lied to and it is not really a war but someone's idea of cowboys and Indians and you are one of the pawns. I don't think they are cowards. I think they really want no part of what is taking place in the Middle East.
My son tried to get into the Air Force. He needed a job because he was just out of high school and had a baby. He wanted to further his education and was going to go into the military for 4-6 years then go to college. Because of an accident in his teens he does not have full use of his left hand (has about 75% capability). He was a goalie in high school and no one could ever tell anything was wrong with his hand. His best friend was accepted and they kept my son waiting for several weeks. When he finally got the news he had not been accepted he was devastated. They said it was because of the hand.
Once we invaded Iraq he got a phone call. He was accepted after all! By then he was married, had a job, and a second child. He just laughed at them. I thank God everyday he was NOT accepted when he wanted to join.
His best friend is almost finished with his second enlistment. Loved Bush went he went in for the second time - hates him and wants out NOW. He is scared he is going to be sent to Iraq and will not be allowed to leave when his time is up. He has a 6 month old baby.