This is what needs to be considered by all the people on the board who are considering the military. Not how much they pay for school, the benefits, and so on, but the fact that this is what the military does, even CRNAs.
I was considering having the military pay for CRNA school until recently. The goals and polocies of our foreign policy have changed dramatically in the last two years. The ideologies of the neo-conservatives like preemption were considered extremist a decade ago, now they are being practiced. People should really read the literature of the neoconservatives. It is noting short of world-domination. It includes always preventing another world power from forming to rival the US, having a very powerful military that can also serve as the military protection for our allies so they can focus on commerce with us, and always attacking a threat before it really materializes. This is not defense. This is strongly exerting our influence abroad by military means. Imagine if China or Russia adopted the policy of preemption to attack its enemies, or if most other countries followed our example and used this philosophy. We are talking war everywhere.
To most arabs and most people in the world, we invaded Iraq and have occupied the country, and done so unjustly. Where are these weapons and if there are some how could they hurt us so bad on the other side of the world. This is the way our military is going to be used in the future. We have to remember that the hijackers on 9/11 used box cutters, hate, and a little ingenuity to cause tragedy. How does the operation in this article defend against that. A much better defense focuses within our own borders and building good will among others in the world. Nope, I'll never serve under people like Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld or Assistant Secretary of Defense Wolfawitz.
One of the arguments used to justify casualties of war is that we have an all volunteer military. Our soilders all sign up knowing that they may die or be cripled in battle, therefore they are consenting to this kind of loss of life. This is true, but it is based on the person enlisted really considering that they are willing to give their life if necessary and that they agree with what they are giving their life for. In the near future this means attacking countries before it is clear that they are a threat to us, that is the doctrine of preemption. It will backfire on us someday. Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave.