Those who volunteer to risk their lives to defend this nation deserve to have the best equipped and best trained military in the world. Many former military officers have expressed great concern about our readiness because of neglect by the Obama Administration. Our military should be used sparingly and when deployed be allowed to use overwhelming force and permission to defend themselves. Civil casualties should be avoided as much as possible, but not at the expense of our military lives.  We must remember that our military also have civil families who are mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters who deserve to have their loved ones return alive. Unfortunately, U.S. rules of engagement have greatly hampered our military’s ability to defend themselves.  If we can’t handle civilian causalities, then we probably should not be in the conflict in the first place.  War is messy and brutal – too often we try to sanitize it.