Let's follow the Dutch's example and remove all of our troops in six months time. Then we cut the military budget down from over $700 billions to $300 billions. We use that money to retrain the unemployed and develop a manufacturing base.
We need our young men and women home. Already the toll is too high: nearly 5,000 deaths and over 50,000 wounded physically, some of them maimed. And the mental wounds, the distress, and anxieties many of the soldiers experience add to the emergency to bring our people home. And when they come home they can fight the fires in California and in the South East or they can help rebuild New Orleans or provide foreign aid to countries in dire needs, such as Haiti. These saving activities would help rehabilitate the soldiers. Building instead of killing and destroying will rebuild their mental strength.