WASHINGTON — Before a roadside bomb in Baghdad burned and tore apart Jerry Majetich, before 62 operations put him back together, even before he volunteered for the Marines, then the Army, there were five older brothers who’d enlisted and a mother who’d served as an Army nurse in Korea. (Snip) Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, has spent decades voicing such fears. He’s one of the few politicians around who still yearn for a draft. “Now, we’re never going to get the draft back,” he said. “But I really believe the greatest risk isn’t to the military
Comments: Something serious to think about as you shake off that headache this morning.
We keep sending our troops back 3-4 times to complete a mission that has no stated goals. That would desensitize anyone. Some kids see the military as a way to a college education, or learn a trade. Others are inspired by guys like SEAL Team 6 and their Green Beret and Delta brothers in the Army. It is what it is, a job or a career. Not all soldiers fight, but all are trained to.
There is a war on this planet and it´s the Radical Islamists trying to gain control (Middle East, Asia, Africa, and even Europe). Without understanding the Islamist intentions, leftists are clueless on why we put up resistance to the Islamist expansion.
Some of the citizenry of the United States is ignorant of military service because - and I´d yell this at the reporter but will be nice and quiet for hangover sufferers here - is because *you* jackasses misreport and lie about those who do serve.
So the solution to an irresponsible press is involuntary servitude. Astonishing what these scum will posit to cover their sorry behinds.
US military force is an overmuscled oaf shackled by lawyers, bureaucrats, and politicians, including its CINC. It is an expensive, oversized sledgehammer with limited use that forever seeks a bigger head and a better handle. We have weapons we fear to use...will not use. Victory is elusive because Americans are afraid to win, to impose our will, and to walk away without apology. After nearly 60 years our occupation and reconstruction of western Europe has served to allow our allies to effectively dismantle their military at our expense. And we´re still there! The Cold War is long over. We lost our consensus "enemy".
Let´s admit we don´t have the societal will anymore to fight a major war to successful conclusion. Virtually all damage is portrayed as collateral, and wrongly inflicted. Any casualties are unacceptable. Rules of engagement are a humanitarian joke. We cannot ever seem to disengage ourselves. Patton was wrong, Americans don´t necessarily demand winners, and will tolerate alternatives to victory. If anything "desensitizes Americans to war" it´s these neverending sagas.
What a blatantly lying and stupid statement. When all of our diversity-inspired brothers around the world overrun America to pick up the pieces of a once-great society, the liberal cowards will be demanding that every child who can walk be made to carry a weapon to defend aforementioned liberals from the harm that they are inviting on all of us by systematically crippling our military.
Interesting article and comments by all posters. At Glenn Beck´s recommendation, I am about halfway throught Chris Stewart´s series " The Wrath and Righteous". Though we may question the methods of fighting against radical Islam ( our liberal ROE drive me crazy) we certainly are at war and I am very thankful for those that volunteer to put their lives on the line no matter the compelling reasons. It is unfortunate that we cannot do what it takes to win in the old -fashioned but always true sense.
#10, I don´t believe Americans (real ones) are afraid to win. It´s the politicians that are afraid. They shackle the hands of the military, and then complain about casualties. The media used to show body bags before Obummer got elected, which would anger the people. We just aren´t allowed to win, and the politicians rules of engagement keep it that way. And now the fact that so many of our general officers are too political keep us from winning. After all, can´t upset the enemy. They may have relatives who vote here. Desensitized? I don´t think so. It´s mainly those who want out, or are unfit for military life, that are using that as an excuse. I know things and attitudes change over the years, but when I served, during the Korean War, our country had just emerged from WW2, yet we had no reservations about our job. But by the same token, in no way were we "desensitized" to war or all it meant.
The reason we are in the mess we are in is that too few families have ever had to risk anything to live in freedom. We should have a mandatory service period for all young people- mandatory, including even the disabled. To gain full citizenship, you should have to serve for at least two years! People who are not invested in their nation have no nation! They are simply hyphenated-citizens.
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