When a marine, soldier, sailer, or airman is deployed, they go. Not because they agree with the political decisions that led to that deployment, but because their chain of command told them to. For many, especially those in the combat arms, the actual efforts they put into their deployments come from something else . . . they fight for their brothers in arms. Many of those service members may not agree with or even like the President or his policies, but they still do their jobs because they love America, were sworn to defend it, and because they have people within their fire teams and squads depending on them to do so.
When these service members come home, they often face mixed messages. Many Americans are thankful to them for their service, some criticize them for it, and many others could care less. This, however, is to be expected. We live in a free and open society, and people are allowed to express their opinions. I personally don't mind the war protestors or the indifferent masses. They may be annoying, but they are allowed to protest or be indifferent because we did our job in the first place.
What I hate more than anything are the conspiracy theorists who spread misinformation via conjecture that they probably cooked up in their basements while playing call of duty. They weasel themselves into military forums and in the comments section of military blogs, pose as secret government officials, or often take the stolen valor route and pose as military operators. They cook things up like "Osama Bin Laden is still alive," "ISIS doesn't really exist," and "ISIS attacks have been staged by crisis actors."
Let's think for an instant about what we would need to ask and consider if these conspiracy theories were true.
Why have members of Seal Team 6, the team that killed Osama Bin Laden, been dying off? Sure, it could be because there's a government conspiracy to kill all of the witnesses, but wouldn't you stop to think once or twice that this is an elite unit that goes on missions to hunt down terrorists around the world, and that this is a pretty damn dangerous job? Don't you owe it to the service of those brave men to at least think about that before you jump to thinking that they helped stage a fake assassination?
Sure, there might have been a crying girl who's image was captured on the scene of the San Bernardino Massacre that looks like a girl from the Paris scene and a girl from the Sandyhook scene. But don't you think that after hundreds of conspiracy theorists posted her image after the Paris attacks that the dark organization who enlisted her would have killed her, or at least stopped using her image? Come on you stupid son's of bitches, take off the tin foil hat, and think.
Back to why I don't mind war protestors . . . I don't mind them because they can be debated. Some of their points may be valid, and some of them might be completely off the wall. But, as misguided as they may be, their protests still come from some positive vision of America. Conspiracy theorists, whether they come from the extreme left of the extreme right, have no love for America. They disrespect our military, disrespect the memories of those lost in tragedy, create fantasy, hide behind computer screens, and insight fear and mistrust amongst the general public. Worse of all, they cannot be debated because there is no way of debating fantasy. They live in their own world and try to drag the rest of us into that world with them.
Of course, conspiracy theorists have the right to say what they want, and to criticize our government. I am no fan of this administration either . . . but just as we criticize the government out of love for our country, we should also be criticizing off the wall theories that were created to do nothing but tear our country down from within.