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originally posted by: SgtEsquire
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff
I can't see how age and gender badges would help promote discussion and/or credibility but if you can think of how they would then I think those should be available also. I do think the religion one could depending on the post (I'm assuming the badges would all be voluntary of course).
As for the military not doing anything for the American people in the last 50 years claim. You are flat out wrong. Were it not for the US Military, Russia might cover half the world by now. The US military has had a major preventative aspect to it. Protecting US interests over seas is an important thing that allows the American people to continue living the life they are accustomed to. It's also nice for American people that they continue to have oil (while not espescially cheap would be much more expensive without the US military protection the nations interests). I could go on and on.
However I do agree that in many instances maybe even the majority of instances in the last 50 years, the US military was used by the MIC and interested politicians.
If I'm reading a post about the benefits of some kind of medical procedure or if the OP is posting about some new scientific study, it lends the OP some credibility. Anyone can claim anything on the internet or in their posts, but it'd be nice if there was at least SOME evidence that they were legit.
originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff
Over the last 50 years? Good stuff, for Americans? How about people everywhere?
Take a look at a lot of the global disasters over that last 50 years.
Plenty of times the US military branches have carried aid, performed evacs, search and rescues, and a multitude of other different kinds of aids to people not just in the US, but also around the world.
I even participated in some of these while in the US Navy.
Does it make it all good? No. But from what you are posting, you would have it all bad and no other way.
Suggest you do a little bit of research and thinking before you make such broad statements with such an absolute attitude.