I advise everyone who can to thank a US soldier for risking his life in Iraq and Afghanistan just so we can have a higher quantity of more expensive oil. Men, hats off to you. You're truly doing the lord's work.
This post bothers me man. The Bush administration pretty much strong armed everyone to have their wars the way they wanted it. You think the military has a say in shit like this? No way. Soldiers follow orders ma man.
Weren't you in the Austrian military? You tell me, how did they deal with you if you did not follow orders? Did they kiss and hug your for being so morally superior? Maybe that's why Germany beats you guys in everything. German soldiers follow orders I bet. It must suck being second to Germany in...everything.
So? They still don't make policy. They follow orders, that is what they are supposed to do, if they didn't it would be a volunteer army for long. Either way there would be an army and it would be doing what it is doing right now, volunteer or not.
I just said that to razz your nationalistic sensibilities. It obviously worked. They do however make better cars and have better tasting beers. Actually, they make cars and you don't. But hell y'all make Red Bull and recycle like motherfuckers. I really like Red Bull.
Every law is enforced by violence. Every organized act of violence (i.e. war) requires willing participants. One thing is absolutely clear: Our military men have been fighting, and will continue to do so, but they aren't protecting anybody in this country.
Correct me if I am wrong but last time I checked, the primary purpose for most militaries is to break things and kill people. If create a military with something other than that then it is something other than a military.
The personel in our military is no worse than the personal in other miltaries. They are doing what they are supposed to be. I am sure you are some bad-ass who'd tell a superior to get fucked. I am sure that is what you did in your year of service for the Austrian militaty. And I am sure they were perfectely ok with you doing that.
It doesn't matter if people signed up for the military voluntarily, because if they didn't we'd reinstate the draft here and the polocies and actions that you abhore would be going on anyway.
Besides, our biggest probelm in our current conflicts is that we have shown to much restraint and allowed to much access to the interworkings of our operations.
We could have been long done with both conflicts if we'd wanted to be, but the body count would be higher to. But then it really wouldn't affect you as you wouldn't really here about it. Please express how you'd fight a kinder, nicer more gentle war?