I have friends in the military. Who the fuck doesn't? A lot of us on the left side of things tend to bash the military, but these verbal lashings aren't directed at the individual soldier, marine, sailor or what-have-you, they're directed at those who command the military to do shitty things. My best friend is in the Marine Corps and serving his second tour in Iraq. I may disagree with him being there or the task he's been handed, but I don't take the attitude of "Fuck you, Matt. YOU joined the Marines, hence you're just a tool of oppression, you evil son of a bitch!" Sure, you could hold each member accountable and say "After all, YOU chose to join." But, we all know that fallacious arguments like that hold no water. You grow up in certain places, you graduate high school, you join the military. It happens. Especially if, for generations, this has been the case. It's simply unfair to attack troops in such a blanket fashion.
That being said, just like in any community or social class, there are undesirable aspects. Anyone who revels in the mass extinguishing of human life is scum. Period. Classifying an entire people as "the enemy" is a deadly mass-stereotype, pretending the insurgency is terror-motivated (although, sometimes it is) is a fact-ignoring mistake (we invaded their country) and, worst of all, the recent stories of religious proselytizing in Afghanistan, perpetuating the illusion of a "Judeo-Christian vs. Muslim" war mentality is a violation of the Constitution and serves to fuel radicals on both sides.
It's bullshit and it needs to stop. If there are religious right fuckchops over there, attempting to turn this into a holy war (which, for all intents and purposes, it may already be behind-the-scenes), they need to be kicked the fuck back to the States and prosecuted for violation of military code and taking a shit on the Constitution.
I'm cool with the military. When someone eventually gets pissed off enough at us to attempt an invasion, I'll be glad to have a shitload of awesome weapons to repel them. But, ideology has no place in that arsenal.