` A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, "Thank you for your service," replied: "I didn't serve, I was used." That got me thinking about the many ways today's veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.Near the end of his invaluable book cataloguing the long, slow disaster of America's War for the Greater Middle East, historian Andrew Bacevich writes: "Some individuals and institutions actually benefit from an armed conflict that drags on and on. Those benefits are immediate and tangible. They come in the form of profits, jobs, and campaign contributions. For the military-industrial complex and its beneficiaries, perpetual war is not necessarily bad news." Bacevich is certainly right about war profiteers, but I believe we haven't yet fully wrapped our minds around what that truly means. This is what we have yet to take in: today, the U.S. is the most unequal country in the developed world, and the wealth of the plutocrats on top is now so great that, when they invest it in politics, it's likely that no elected government can stop them or the lucrative wars and "free markets" they exploit. - Source` [HR][/HR] ` Now that the democratic party has fully transformed into a war promotion machine, just like the republicans, the blood loving war mongers (Obama/Hillary) are pushing for increased ground action in areas of the middle east, where the only victor will be the oil and arms cartels. Aside from more US casualties, this will produce more Veterans, who have been tricked and lied to as the true nature of what they are fighting for; someone else's profits. The VA system is corrupt to the core and poorly serving the current Vets.