3/20/2013 9:39pm, #11
"I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of all officers appointed over me"
I understand that this man felt duped by the Iraq War; however, one of the first things you learn in any branch is that higher you go, the more fucked up the viewpoint gets. Needs of the service overrode your vengeance crusade. Had you been in Afghanistan, some other unlucky SOB would have had your Iraqi **** sandwich instead.
Of course, it's easy for me to say. I was Navy in what was mostly peace time.Originally Posted by Canuckyokushin
3/21/2013 1:15am, #12
I came very close to joining the USAF under there TDSP program so that I can get a TS SDI clearance. While the school I was going to had the right Accreditation for the program on the undergraduate level the masters program did not so that shot that plan to hell.
Point being many people have many different reasons for joining.
3/21/2013 1:29am, #13
3/21/2013 1:48am, #14
Typo should have been TS SCI
I need one of these clearances to get decent work in San Diego
3/21/2013 1:52am, #15
This is a good example of enlisting in order to better oneself. I am all for that too; you give some, you get some. Some of the benefits you end up with as a veteran are really excellent.
3/21/2013 2:38am, #16
So basically the idea of the US as a force for good, a force for democracy and freedom has gone the way of the do do bird and passenger pigeon. Now it's OK that the Armed Forces are pretty much paid mercenaries for corporations. Yes, this is a big difference from my youth and it isn't just the draft. We were taught that the US was the land of the free and the home of the brave and the Armed Services were a reflection of that view. Of course all most all of my generation's fathers fought in WWII, they fought the good fight, against Nazis and torturing Japanese.
At the start of the Iraq War we had several threads and many of the military, notably Vargas, an Air Force officer, had that patriotic vision of an America that still stood for decency and democracy. While I personally had, through my experiences in Vietnam and learning of the slaughters in Central America and Iran/Contra and all that, had given up the beneficial view of America, many if not all the servicemen on Bullshido ascribed to the idea that America did good, that we were a force for the betterment of the world. It is very sad and very telling that the bullshit and lies of the last ten years have destroyed this this type of patriotism.
Last edited by patfromlogan; 3/21/2013 2:42am at ."Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
3/21/2013 3:03am, #17
The wars in the middle-east were over oil and were political. Terrorists attacked and Bush used that as an excuse to go to war. We have plenty of oil here and just aren't tapping it. If we control the middle east and South America, we bleed them dry, manipulate the price of the oil and when their resources are spent, we are the only game in town.
The war in Vietnam was about politics. We can justify it by saying we were defending the freedom of an oppressed people, but when it comes down to it, it was political.
3/23/2013 12:19am, #18
I personally am not a fan of the idea of the Armed Forces of America playing the role of Moral World Police, as that is a gross misuse of American lives. The Armed Forces of the United States should be used as an instrument to advance American Foreign Policy, as well as for home defense. In an ideal world, American Foreign Policy is pursuing peaceful coexistence with its allies, as well as working tirelessly to bring light to dark corners of the world.
Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The fact that we have leaders who often make less than honest foreign policy decisions does not mean that the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen of the United States Army are somehow mercenaries or dishonorable. It means that we are a Superpower with a lot of moving parts, and sometimes you take the good with the bad. Sometimes bad doesn't seem so bad at the time. Sometimes our leaders make decisions that, viewed through the lens of hindsight, appear to be pretty terrible. Lincoln allowed Grant and Sherman to rape and pillage the South. FDR arrested an enormous number of American Citizens. American Soldiers confiscated, stole, and destroyed tons of private property during WWII. Truman dropped The Bomb after the Japanese had already tried to surrender. The French convinced the US that getting involved in Vietnam was worth it in return for France's help achieving quick NATO membership for West Germany. Saddam Hussein miscalculated America's blood lust after 9/11; deciding it was less dangerous than an Iranian government empowered with the knowledge that Hussein had no "WMDs." So he purposely put up a front, and the U.S. Government overreacted, as governments reeling from terrorist attacks are wont to do. Ask a single one of these heads of state if they thought what they were doing was right at the time, and they would look at you as though you were an imbecile. No one would make decisions that terrible on a whim.
So I have to ask, when was this mythical period in American history when the Armed Forces were saints? When were members of our Armed Forces holy warriors for purity and light? What's wrong with Service Members being relatively normal human beings who decide they want to help out their country in situations of need, regardless of who created such situations?
If your concern is that the U.S. Government acts in ways that are contrary to the best interests of its citizens, then I would retort that the American voting populace failed the military, not the other way around. I'm Active Duty Military, and I voted a straight Libertarian ticket. My Presidential Candidate called for an immediate pull out from all war zones, and the removal of American troops from foreign soil. Who did you vote for?"No. Listen to me because I know what I'm talking about here." -- Hannibal
3/23/2013 12:56am, #19
3/23/2013 2:03am, #20
And 1st term Obama suckered me. Then he fired all his liberal econ people and hired bankers and lied about everything...."Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez