posted on Nov, 12 2008 @ 01:09 PM
Wow, this is an interesting topic. I think the military would do what they were ordered to. I was in the Army. I can't speak for everyone, but I
knew a lot of independent thinkers and people who refuse to accept the lies they're told on a daily basis, but then again, I frequently served with
intel people and they're generally a little bit *different*. I think they would follow any order they were given if it didn't conflict with their
sense of right and wrong too severely. Like the example given early of a group of people trying to overrun a guard post. I think any soldier would
return fire and take any measure to protect themselves and their post they deemed necessary.
The military never sends soldiers out without a well-known list of rules of engagement. Even in Iraq, soldiers are told to shout first, shove next,
show their weapon, and only then shoot it. The military is so careful that sometimes they come off downright timid. I was at a base in Mosul where
they wouldn't allow the perimeter guards to fire, even if Iraqis were at the fence cutting away the wire and entering the base.
However, at the same time, I believe the Milgram experiments proved you can easily get people to do terrible things as long as it appears to be
directed by authority. Stanford U also ran a famous experiment where they simulated a prison environment and put student "guards" in charge of
student prisoners. The experiment was already running out of control on day 2 when the prisoners rioted. Look it up on Wikipedia at
The experiment has an eerie parallel with the events at Abu Ghraib prison.
Ultimately, I don't think Americans should fear their armed forces. Even with the so-called brainwashing, I don't believe the military turns people
into monsters. That's a myth. If the military were sent out into the heartland for some reason, I think they would treat people decently until