This is a discussion on Our splendid military is all for show within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; It's hard to win a war when you are so restricted that you can not fairly fight your enemy. Politics needs to stay in Washington, ...
It's hard to win a war when you are so restricted that you can not fairly fight your enemy. Politics needs to stay in Washington, DC., and let the Generals fight the wars.
You can educate ignorance, you can't fix stupid
Retired DE Trooper, SA XD40 SC, S&W 2" Airweight
dukalmighty & Pure Kustom Black Ops Pro "Trooper" Holsters, DE CCDW and LEOSA Permits, Vietnam Vet 68-69 Pleiku
US Navy Veteren
Ruger SP101 357 3" Barrel
Taurus 65 357 Mag
Glock 19 Gen3
Walther PK 380
I was in Lebanon when the marines retreated. To be accurate, we even covered their retreat and secured the port.
They looked enraged, pissed, and proud. But not beaten. Not one bit.
I was in Iraq in 2003 and 04. Having been there and seen first hand how Saddam and his two thug sons treated their own people, I'm more than proud to have been part of removing those three SOBs from the planet. I worked closely with a lot of Iraqis there and the vast majority of them would hesitate before unilaterally putting our efforts there in the "L" column. For the first time in generations they have a shot at self determination and freedom from tyranny. Not a "loss" in my book.
A lot of folks missed the warning signs leading up to 9/11. I don't pretend to be able to begin to know the thought process of why we went into Iraq, although I'm personally a little tired of the WMD and "they lied" mantra. I think that's a week argument to sharp shoot a tough decision that was made and didn't turn out to be as easy as everyone thought it would be. Were mistakes made, absolutely, they're still being made and will continue to be made because of the attention span and lack of conviction shown by the vast majority of the American population and the spineless lack of leadership shown by our elected officials. But make no mistake, turn an American Soldier, Marine, Airman or Sailor free to perform a clear cut mission and the majoritiy of the time they will achieve it with honor and principled dedication that few can begin to comprehend. The bad apples and horror stories sell newspapers, just like in civilian society. We are a nation addicted to shock and the profane, not the selfless heroic acts that these soldiers perform on a daily basis, not in inflicting harm, but in exercising self restraint and humanity that are rarely reported and even more frequently ignored. If they've become only for show, it's because WE the people allowed it to get that way. Our military is a reflection of us. To distill down their sacrifices to a simple win loss record is insulting quite frankly. Any losses belong to the politicians and those who elected them.
The trouble with the conventional force is that in my opinion we use it more for imposing our values on other countries than we do for actual defense.
The author forgot another very important factor. Gecko45. He is a branch of the military unto himself.
NRA Endowment Member
NROI Chief Range Officer
Hussein was confined to his borders after the 91 gulf war. He had very little military left to be any threat to anyone.
To compare him to the others in your list is more than a stretch, especially if one remembers how we helped keep him in power and assisted him with both conventional and chemical weaponry when it was convienient for us to do so.
Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
Texas CHL Instructor
Texas Hunter Education Instructor
P.S: I have a hint for you, most brass do have ambitions whether it's political or just another star.
What I loathe is how we treat our indigenous allies when after they put their lives on the line for us. When we cut and run leaving them to own devices and death. For example. The Burmese after WWII, The Mountain Yards after Vietnam ETC, ETC.
The argument is that we are helping them help themselves, but we make them so dependent on us to such an extent that when we leave they can't cope on their own.
I was amazed when I heard that Taiwan is now called Chinese Taipei in all International sports
It is better that I have flashbacks about them, then them having flashbacks about me
USMC RET 1961-1971
[QUOTE=frenchman;2345167]I have a hint back... Who do you think do the politicians take advice from, before they come up with these stupid, out of touch, rules of engagement? Some jackass general. Right?[/QUOTE
Not totally impossible as the military brass does advise the civilians who are in charge and whom the military must obey whether they take that advice or not, which does happen on occasion. Which is exactly what happened in Afghanistan with the surge as just one example. Not trying to get into a p....ing contest here but I do have 20 years experience having to obey those generals and admirals who have to obey those civilian politicians. And no, I am not going to list 20 years worth of those examples to prove a point.
With respect to the importance of maintaining a stable Middle East (i.e. a stable world oil supply), watch what happens if/when Iran goes off the farm.
Oil is a without question...a national security priority.
Our food supply...from field to grocery aisle depends on it (along with just about everything else in our economy).
The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.