Tom Baker, NCSU Student Veteran Plaque: “Iraq War Mistake.”

I served there in 2009 and 2010. Really, the only way to sum it up is, it was a mistake. We shouldn’t be there right now. I think that people in this country need to pay more attention to what our government’s doing.

The main problem is that the AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) is very broad in scope…essentially, it’s just kind of a warrant for endless war.

How can we beat swords into plowshares?

The stuff that’s occurring in the United States right now…it’s a symptom of the war and how much money we’ve spent on that which is–what?–five something trillion dollars now since 9/11. So, pay attention to that. If you really want to thank a veteran, work to get Congress to rescind that authorization so we can start focusing on what’s going on here at home.

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