To be fair, it's more of a continuation of direction started under Mr. T Sr., and improved upon or played with by subsequent administrations. All, gleefully kicked us in the chops and nads as seen fit. Some, Chretien for instance , with greater abandon than others, Harper, but all treated us as a tool and led us down various paths with sweet nothings or frig you's whispered in our ears. I personally don't know which knife in the guts hurts more, the ones held by the hand you knew wasn't your friend, Uncle Jean, or the one by he who promised he was a friend, Uncle Steven, and in reality, was all talk.
But that is exactly what
you are: a tool in a legitimate government's toolbox. A good, effective military is an expensive and finely crafted tool, but that's just what it is ... and tools are made to be used.
The people don't "owe"
you anything beyond a decent salary, adequate training and equipment and lawful missions. They, the people and the governments they elect, should
, but often don't, give you some respect ... you deserve it, but it is a bonus.