Why anyone who has not been brainwashed by government/Neo con propoganda would join the United States military today is beyond me.
Dying in the middle of nowhere to defend causes that are getting merkier and merkier by the day seems like a very poor career move to me.
And patriotism? please. Running all over the world and pissing off just about everyone (even with the best of intentions) with the Stars and Stripes on your shoulder seems to be hurting America FAR more then helping it...not to mention getting a lot of it's brave citizens killed in hopeless causes.
There have been many times that joining the military was patriotic...this ain't one of them. The government (both Bush AND Obama) are putting the military in terrible situations that it has NO CHANCE to win.
It is not the military that is at fault. It is the pathetic POTUS's that are telling it what to do.
And it is the fault of the electorate for putting these political losers in the White House.