Watching the trial of Navy SEAL Ed Gallagher brings back memories of how badly we Vietnam veterans were treated by politicians, lawyers, the media and the American public in general. How many of us were spat upon by Democrats, called “baby killers” and shunned by the public. I was one of those service members. It has been 50 years, and nothing has changed.

Our military has been called to protect us from Islamic homicidal maniacs that would kill every one of us if given the opportunity. Service members have been given an impossible task and are being monitored by lawyers and politicians that nitpick everything they do.

To quote “Apocalypse Now,” “Charging someone with murder in this war is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.”

If we are going to engage in wars in the Middle East, if we are going to fight with maniacs hiding behind a false religion like Islam, we need to leave our military to do its ugly job and stay out of the business of war. Let the military do what they have to do – and frankly, I don’t want to know about what they have to do to win.

There is no place for lawyers, liberals and a Muslim Fifth Column in Congress calling the shots in an impossible war.

All service members that have been jailed over supposed “war crimes,” including Ed Gallagher, should be freed, paid for their time in jail and given a sincere apology.

Michael Pacer

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