I watched an interview in the recent past with several veterans who saw Hell first hand in Iraq and Afghanistan. I found it rather interesting that they all said in their own ways that they didn't focus in on the failed politics of the Magic Negro when they were out in the field. Instead, they focused intently on their Band of Brothers around them daily. Period. Later, upon release from service, they found themselves questioning failed CIC policies.<quoted text>
It is certain the Armed Forces knew exactly what was happening when they got the orders to cease all combat against the Taliban and Al Qaeda and retreat. That doesn't sit very well with Americans fighting a war. That's probably one of the reasons Obama and the Democrats want to label all veterans mentally ill.
This heat-of-the-moment battlefield concentration, IMHO, is an absolute necessity for one's survival. Distraction by bad politics and politicians can lead to death out there. I suspect this sort of malaise occurred in Vietnam, too.
So my original observation that, if I were in the military, I'd have a tough time not going AWOL might have been misplaced. Duty to my fellow soldiers' safety should reign supreme to my persona feelings about the Magic Negro's stupidity - until I left the service.