Governments wage war. They make the decisions. The military is the physical representation of government and carries out those decisions. We are professional warfighters and we do our job, because war is exactly that; our job.
I understand that. I know a good deal of people (including close family members) who chose a career in the military, and without exceptions, their speech is exactly like yours.
The argument that “we do our job” is weak, very weak. Passing the responsibility of one’s actions onto others higher up in the chain of command is not something that passes the test of common sense. But I suppose you have to rationalize it somehow to be able to get through it.
For servicemembers to publicly voice their political/government related opinions is unprofessional in my eyes, so I will refrain from doing so.
I’ve heard this said before, but everytime it was because the person feared repercussions for him/herself and his/her career advancements. This “unprofessional” bit is new to me. I can’t make any sense out of it. What exactly is it that makes having public opinions “unprofessional”?
However, your trite retorts have no substance or purpose other than to inflame a legitimate argument.
Agreed. No other excuse for my “trite retort” other than Bald_Eagle’s posts get on my nerves.
Most of the time, I can look past it. Sometimes, I just snap.
I have respected your comments in the past because you are free to share them.
I am free to share my opinions? Who woulda thunk it?
People serve for the sake of serving, among other reasons.
Good for them. It’s no reason to turn into drones who’ll buy blatantly deceitful justifications to invade broken countries on the other side of the world, turn them into hellholes, give Al-Qaeda & co a good boost, etc.
Whether the nation is at peace or war should not make a difference upon service or not.
OK. But all wars weren’t created equal. If you remove patriotic fervor, there’s virtually nothing to say that the American soldier who dies in Iraq did so for his/her country.
The soldier is a pawn. They risk limbs and lives to advance the agenda of politicians. Seeing how the pay is meager with respect to the risks, the latter has to find BS to keep the soldiers going and attract new ones. Enters nationalism in all its forms.
This discussion, of course, excludes the ones that fight in legitimate defense. Obviously, when your land is in danger, you go and you fight the aggressor whether it’s your job or not.
I would be extremely worried if what I wrote did not get on your nerves. Anyone who slams our military members needs to have a shoe placed somewhere.
Name one country who has brought freedom to more people than the USA. Don’t bother trying to come up with one you little idiot - you won’t find one.
Our count is over 1 billion people.