A local Army veteran expressed outrage this morning over talks of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal, saying he didn't risk his life during a two-month deployment to Bagram Airbase "just to see the war end like this."
Cody Bennett started his protest on social media after U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad began negotiations with the Taliban to end the war. As one of the "elite one percent" who join the military, Bennett says most Americans won't understand his point of view, but somebody needs to speak truth to power.
"Me and my boys put too much on the line out there just to see these spineless politicians settle for peace," said the former administrative clerk who was sent home early due to bone spurs suffered on the base gym's elliptical machine. "Are my blood, sweat and tears worth nothing?"
Bennett claims that he and other veterans often had to combat issues like minimal selection at the base Pizza Hut as well as long lines and limited hours at the dining facility.
"A large pizza for sixteen dollars? I put my life on the line day in and day out, and they're going to try to swill me for sixteen dollars? On top of that, they never use enough sauce," said Bennett, who never came within 200 meters of the base's perimeter and was administratively separated from the Army for being overweight.
"Those guys, the ones like me that held the line for their country despite slightly below average dining standards compared to middle-class American expectations, those are the true heroes," he added. Don't talk to me about peace or freedom until you've had to live through that hell."