Re: Letter to the editor, Oct. 10, “MOABs don’t cost millions”

First off, let me say I know not everything the media do and say is fact or the truth, but I also know that not everything our government and military says is not fact or the truth. I guess what I’m saying is, once you catch a friend in a lie or misdeed, it’s hard to believe anything either side says ever again. So I speak from my own military and civilian experiences.

The MOAB may not have cost millions but what it stands for and is used for has cost us BILLIONS.

We learned nothing in Vietnam and we’re doing the same thing in the Mideast. Vietnam cost who knows how much – billions I’m guessing, and about 60,000 young men and women (we didn’t win.)

The wars in the Mideast I’m sure are already in the billions of dollars and have cost the lives of about 6,251 young men and women.

Being an ex Army E-5, I have a very hard time sleeping at night thinking of those numbers. I’m keeping in mind who is coming up with them, and my past experiences with government and military leaders tells me that they are still lying.

I’m also sure the letter writer, a retired lieutenant colonel, has made a good living off (the military) and draws a pretty good retirement while living in Destin. I’m sure he thinks he’s making us free of all the enemies of war, but he is not.

We need to pull out all military personnel and BRING THEM HOME. All we’re doing is training and arming future enemies.

Wars in the Mideast have been going on for hundreds of years. No matter what we do, that will never change. We won’t win the war and we will never win the people’s respect.

The writer mentioned the observation of 9/11. I will remind him who trained those terrorist pilots – we did.

I realize my letters are not popular among the local military population and I mean no one any disrespect, but something’s not right.

Joe Cummins, Fort Walton Beach