reply to post by jasonjnelson
Sorry, but isn't it funny that the people who have claimed all along that this war would only get worse, and we are going to lose it, are now saying
that we don't seem "intent on winning it."?
I don't know if it's funny - but I think you're missing the point. I was talking about Afghanistan, and Obama's comments on the subject in his
I am intent on winning it.
Are you talking about Afghanistan, Iraq, or the global WOT?
It doesn't really matter unless you're the commander in chief, does it?
Good soldiers shoot who they're told to shoot, hump where they're told to hump, and generally follow orders. If their orders are to set up isolated
firebases and go on patrol with no clear mission, trying to weed out an enemy from in amongst the general population, while trying in vain to preempt
attacks committed by a very slippery, asymetrical enemy..well then that's what they do. Intent on winning the war, sure - but does it matter what
you intend? Well fought, but unless the political will to put our boot on the bad guy's neck waxes in Washington, it's all for naught.
Wait, which war are we talking about? Are we fighting in the jungle or the desert? That's the only way I can discern between Vietnam and Iraq,
seriously. Otherwise they are IDENTICAL.
Sorry for the let down, I know no soldier wants to hear that, but it's a fact. Fight as hard as you're able, it won't make a damn bit of
difference if scumbag politicians reign you in before you can finish the job, and then arm, train, and support the next batch of bad guys.
Honorable soldiers only ever fight for peace. If you fight for money you're a mercenary. So are you fighting for peace, and being realistic about
the chances of that happening with the current military strategy in place, and our foreign policy (which can be summed up in a sign language gesture
by extending the middle finger and waving it around)? Please...
It's profitable for the businessmen and politicians, but what's in it for the soldiers, besides glory and one small-ish check a month?
What matters is that while the soldiers on the ground pay the ultimate price, the fat bastards up on the hill twiddle their fingers and argue amongst
themselves, fighting over which of your legs to pull on, all the while stuffing their pockets and the pockets of their business connections with vast
sums of money. What's your pay grade, compared to the money being made by the contractors who sell you dirty water, faulty arms, and horrible
tasting food? How about your pay compared to the guys exploiting the oil?
But then again, I know many Marines on the ground, I don't just get my info from the MSM and ATS.
I do RESEARCH.