No, I am not talking about dishing out the punishment. I am talking about how much stomach and morale America has for a war, big, prolonged war. It
does not look good at all.
One things I noticed about the U.S. military is that they don't seem to be truly "in it." Meaning they seem distracted. Except for a few, I have
heard all military personnel say "I'm in the Army, etc." What's wrong with that? Well, it doesn't really show much pride if you say you're "in
the service." It does show a lot of pride in someone when they say "They are a soldier," for example. If you go Afghanistan, the Mujahadeen will
say "I am a freedom fighter." Go back in time and you will hear the Japanese warriors say "I am a Samurai." I am is very different from I am in.
To say that you are something that makes up something shows you are proud of who you are. You know why we need catchy recruitmen slogans like "Be All
That You Can Be" and "An Army of One?" Because we need to generate the morale of being a soldier.
Tactically, strategically, logistically, and technologically, the U.S. are tough to beat. But when it comes to ideology, morale, and stomach, the U.S.
can be broken easily. All U.S. soldiers like to say "We're fighting to protect the freedom of people." That's great. But is that truly always the
case? I mean, don't we invade select countries to protect our own interests? In other words, do our troops truly know what they're fighting for? Or
is it just rhetoric they want to believe in? As Americans we must all support our troops, because they are always fighting under "fuzzy logic,"
meaning most of the time they don't know what they're doing or why. But the Native Americans, North Vietnamese, Mujahadeen, and perhaps even the
Iraqis know why they fight. They KNOW they fight for their lives and freedom. U.S. troops think they fight for freedom.
The U.S. can be broken easily. Kill 18 soldiers and the president will call for a withdrawl. Show civilians being burned (which is a common
occurance in war), show the public the realities of war instead of the video recordings of aircraft FLIR systems and they will ask for a withdrawl. In
the military, don't give them their pay, benefits, and kill one or two guys and they'll suddenly not want to fight. Against the Native Americans,
etc. kill 60 of their own people in ten minutes and see if they cry.
Another thing is that Americans (and the French) surrender very easily. In World War II, when faced with insurmountable odds, most of the
Americans surrendered and instead decided to face torture. Look all throughout history and you will see Americans are willing to live rather than get
the job done. I mean, if a foreign nation invaded the country and began tearing the U.S. from limb to limb, how many people would actually fight back?
Very few. Other nations with the "true warriors" are always taught to fight to the end and never give in to the enemy. If you're going to die, take
two of the enemy with you.
Please do not take this as a U.S. bashing parade. I am very thankful for all that U.S. troops have done. What they did in World War II was
truly amazing and can never fully be compensated. And the few times they protect us today are things you should never forget. But I am simply stating
the facts of the situation. The U.S. military is not a military that can fight a war against an enemy that has will, courage, and an attitude. Of
course, I have to realize there are different societies. The U.S. is one run by complex political/social theories and the whole family/American Dream
complex that the way we fight wars is totally different. Our belief is that we do our job (if we can) and come home. But still, that even more shows
we cannot fight a war nor do have the stomach for it. My fear is that if we face a nation in war, like China, Iran, or North Korea, we will face a
nation of warriors, ones that will fight to the last man, never surrender, and even if we win the war, they win mentally. All the while, our soldiers
will either surrender so they can return to their families or run away.
Let me be constructive, though. When I enter the U.S. military, I will not be like the others. I will say "I am a soldier." And when in battle, I
will fight to the end. I will never surrender, I will never cloud my judgement with things outside my duty, and I will bring them all down with