During my time on active duty, I was a KC-135 and C-17 pilot, where I carried many of the fallen and wounded back from the combat zone, flying over 568 combat sorties in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I would also like you to know that many of our young servicemen and women are coming up on their ninth — that's not a typo — ninth combat tour (12-17 months) in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. I understood and agreed with the launching an offensive in Afghanistan. I did not agree nor understand why we would attack Iraq. The United States provided Saddam Hussein training and access to American schools and equipment (remember the Iran-Iraq War of 1986). Iraq did not have anything to do with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. I know that the media and our leaders have convinced you that our forces are capable of all sorts of endeavors such as peace-keeping, nation building, etc., but I can assure you that is not our primary mission. Our primary mission is to protect this nation and our way of life. I will contend that we are and will continue to be the best military in the world as long as we keep this focus.