Originally Posted by Bruce R.
His writing speaks if insecurity and self loathing, if I was close enough I'd like to meet him, all talk and no action. I'm willing to bet good money that he is in fact that coward he appears to be here. While he talks a good story he doesn't have a real grasp of what was happening at the time. All he knows is what he reads in books and what his left wing teachers have told him. He would make a good terrorist, he believes everything he reads, never uses his own head for real thought, and isn't willing to learn, unless it's more hate for the other guy.
I doubt that he would punch me in the face, maybe try to slap me, or try and scratch my eyes out, but a punch requires a closed fist, and I don't think he would want to damage his(?) manicure.
I'll bet FTL's Father would be very proud of him were he to read what FTL has written here.
You insist on taking this discussion the wrong way, and personally. FTL, I believe, and I believe others on the side that does not agree with you, and I are not aiming our criticism of the Vietnam war or Iraq at the soldiers, their line officers and other career military officers. The criticism is aimed at the civilians running the DoD and making policy in the executive and legislative branches of the United States Government. The miliary, thank god, does what the civilian bosses tell them to do, as best they can. My greatest worry is that some day they might not, given the poor judgement the civilian authorities have displayed historically.
In Vietnam and again in Iraq, the civilian bosses have made huge errors in judgement. The first is, neither conflict was brought upon us by some external threat to the US from either country. We ELECTED to go into these armed conflicts for reasons that are not exactly clear, but, in hindsight were ill-concieved and false. The commies didn't overrun SE Asia and become a threat to the US as the rationale of the day said would happen. Iraq had no WMD. Once the rationale for ELECTIVE military conflicts is found faulty, the public support for that action wanes. WE are NOT a murdering, bloodthirsty culture, so remaining in a military occupier role in another country that costs American lives, lives of the natives in the country, and billions of tax dollars per week under false pretenses quickly becomes revolting. To most Americans.
The next common error by the civilians in charge is, once "found out" the civilians expend American and other lives to "save face" and "send the right message" and "you name the logic of the day" to avoid being held responsible for the first error. It just makes things worse, and the cost in human tragedy mounts while political posturing takes the stage away from rational debate on the subject. The lack of "will power" or what ever you called it, that has been attributed to the American people, especially "liberals" in your rhetoric, is really a case of better judgement. The initial action was wrong, and more wrongs won't make a right. When the public begins to realize this, the politicians in charge politicize the views, polarize positions and try their best to preserve their position of power. It is pretty disgusting to watch the process of the average American becoming fed up with the politicians and their posturing while American soldiers are killed to "send the right message" for some additional, indeterminate period of time before the politicians are either replaced or grow balls enough to do the right thing.
If you don't want America and its military to appear weak, avoid conflicts we cannot win, or are not prepared to fight, or trained to succeed at, whenever such conflicts are voluntary. Just don't volunteer.