You stole my answer! The fire bombing was terrorism, pure and simple.
The US is not, has never been, and likely never will be a humanitarian military. From the Indian wars to Mai Lai, from Tokyo/Hiroshima/Nagasaki to
Fallujah - your argument doesn't hold water. The Americans don't 'terror bomb?' I'm picturing a beautiful city burning, temples, homes,
hospitals, schools - all burning. When people run screaming through the street and cower on the beach, that generally means they're terrified
In my experience dealing with US servicemen, I've stopped the harrassment/assault of a woman at a bus stop by two squids on leave in Manhattan, and
once I had to arm lock and kneel on a flyboy till he calmed down - when I let him up he started crying.
For Christ's sake, they desperately
need to teach them some manners, or teach them to fight - the current situation is deplorable. They must have terrible self-esteem from getting
kicked around so much.
Now, I've known quite a few marines, on both coasts, and in the middle, and I've got nothing but nice things to say about them. They're
respectful, honest, and generally fun to be around. I've had mixed experiences with men from the Army, but I've never been physically assaulted by
one. My dad was a DI for the Army, and understandably he was one mean sumbitch - but he never laid his hands on me. The most gung-ho seem to be Navy
and Air Force from my experience. However, I haven't met any young Marines who participated in the gunship-assisted demolition of Fallujah. I'm
pretty sure those guys are either grade A a-holes or feeling pretty damn guilty if they're not.
If the USAF needs training in anything, it's patience, decorum, and hand to hand. Same goes for the Navy. They oughta put some of those guys on a
leash before they get hurt.
One of my tenants (soon to be former tenant) was USAF, a young guy, and he has such an attitude. He gets drunk,
and screams, and drinks, and screams, and screams and drinks. It's just silly. He's been smart enough to stop short of a physical confrontation,
but his ego has driven him close on a couple of occasions - he just can't seem to muster the respect necessary for human interaction, even his
girlfriend is embarassed of him, she's just too afraid of him to show him the door.
Individual pilots vary, and there are definitely aces in the air force of nearly every country. Saying one air force's pilots are superior is just a
broad generalization, and it's rooted squarely in hubris. If you want to talk about 'on average' I'd say you need to do an analysis of a huge
number of individuals to have any sort of accuracy.