Sunday, November 15, 2009

Nailed It!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a bloke who did too many patrols out of Nui Dat I'm curious if you have a military and combat background ?
Oh, a touch of information, Generals always want more troops, helps them get that extra star.
You believe the military should never have to answer to civilians, even when it comes to destroying villages to save them ?
I do admit having Palin send US troops in Georgia to confront the Russians would be fun to watch

11:42 AM GMT+13  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

As a matter of fact, I do have a military and combat background. I guess you didn't bother to check my profile or notice the USMC EGA flashing at the top of the page. I have been on both sides of a gun, and I have sent rounds down-range that have hit human targets that bleed.

As for the military having to answer to civilians, it depends on who is actually involved in either case. I don't have any regard for Obama as president, and I think he has no regard for our troops. He is a left-wing, commie scum-fuck asshole who is trying to ruin the country of my birth by changing it into something that it was never intended to be.

Curious that you should feel it relevant to question my military experience with a seeming regard to relevance, but seem to feel at the same time it has no relevance in the case of Obama and his general.

Personally, I'm not fond of our troops having to be in Afghanistan or Iraq. In Afghanistan it would be nice to know just what "victory" actually entails; nobody has clearly defined what the "goal" is, although many seem to have an opinion as to what they think it is. The point is that Obama himself said that he wanted to see this through in Afghanistan and now that McCristal has asked for more troops, Obama is dragging his feet.

My feelings about sending troops into combat is simple: Make sure that is what is absolutely necessary before you send them. Once they are there they shouldn't be left hanging in the wind waiting for politicians to make up their minds, and that includes rear-end generals. As a correlation, it must be realized that when troops are sent into hostile situations they are sent there with the purpose of killing people. If that is not the aim, then don't send them.

As to the destroying villages to save them, I'm not really sure what you are talking about, specifically.

The Palin comment is a red herring that goes well beyond the scope of this situation since she holds no political office at this time.

3:34 PM GMT+13  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Sorry, just looked up Nui Dat, and I assume you were part of the Aussie forces who were there. As I read it the villages surrounding the base had to be cleared to a 4km radius, and then those villages were destroyed, displacing some 4000 people.

Wars on foreign soil suck - to that I'll agree - but you did what you had to do. I don't suppose I would be too happy if I was one of those village inhabitants, but that's just the way it was. My dad and a lot of his friends were in Nam. For sure it was a fucked-up affair, but you having been there don't need me telling you that.

Blame the French for not managing their colony very well, and blame a DEMOCRAT president for getting the US and its allies involved in cleaning up the mess the French left behind.

3:49 PM GMT+13  
Blogger Todd B said...

Nicely put my friend!!

Happy Thanksgiving Joe!!!

Todd

7:34 AM GMT+13  
Blogger cmblake6 said...

Anything new coming? I realize I don't come here often, but I've seen this one numerous times. I pop in every couple of weeks, looking for some more of your wisdom, and haven't found any for an obvious while.

11:36 AM GMT+13  

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