A Difficult Goodbye

Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum was ordered to Iraq in July. His four-year-old daughter Paige had a hard time letting go, so much that she held onto his hand in formation. No one, including the commanding officer, had the heart to pull her away. The picture of the incident, taken by Paige’s mother, has gone viral and touched people all over the country. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Little-Soldier-Girl-Didnt-Want-to-Let-Go-63629627.html -via Buzzfeed

(image credit: Abby Bennethum)

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I'm 18 years old and I Know if this was me and my daughter I'd be so heartbroken that it had to happen this way , and that everyone is making it into some big fight about politics , seriously people when did the love of a family member become something we talk about when we talk about politics , Seriously this picture shows one thing : The love a 4 YEAR OLD GIRL has for her Daddy ... that is it , stop trying to put fact into something that doesn't need more explaining , The picture is worth more then a thousand words here people ...
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To the people who don't believe in the war and don't think we should be over there, as someone who was over there I agree. But whether you agree or not the troops should be supported because there are a lot of people who don't want to be over there and are fulfilling their obligation.
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Indeed it is sad to see the usual mantra repeated here, of how people should be grateful because these troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are somehow allowing us to have our 'freedoms' in America.

I appreciate the military, being a former military myself. But I find it absolutely irrelevant what troops doing in the central asia theater of operations have to do with our personal freedoms and liberties in the U.S. 8 years wasted. EIGHT years! This is beyond ridiculous.

If it were a war worth fighting for, that DIRECTLY affected our freedoms, then yes, I am for it. But to waste 8 years and billions of dollars thousands of miles away when our own citizens cannot keep a house over their heads or food to feed their kids, is the height of absurdity.

Osama Bin Laden was killed long ago. Those who directly harbored him are no longer relevant. That is why I cry for this girl and others whose lives are torn for nothing but hubris and imperialist ambitions.
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