posted on Jun, 19 2009 @ 05:46 PM
Like any other large group of human beings, you're going to have good decent people with the best of intentions, and then you're going to have a few
I've got a lot of experience with both. I live within a stones throw of one of the larger Army bases, and could hit my local Air Force base with a
That in mind, I've had many soldiers come and go as neighbors. Many are quite respectful. Many of the rental houses however, become glorified frat
houses with frequent disturbances, and the police being called to calm things down at 3AM on a Wednesday is quite common.
Contrarily, the enlisted patriot currently living right next door is the best neighbor imaginable. The guy across the street however, let his kids go
two weeks without bathing because he couldn't figure out how to light the pilot light on his water heater. It was extinguished when he and his
buddies knocked the water heater over during a party. A party during which a gun was fired into my living room window. A party during which two
teenage girls were hospitalized after being beaten. The same soldier would go on and on about how he can't wait to go back to Iraq because he misses
the misty cloud of blood that results when the enemy is shot. He's convinced he's "getting back at the Iraqis for 9/11". This man has been
dishonorably discharged from the Army.
These are the types of people the mud slingers in the other thread are talking about. What they fail to understand though, is that most other
soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines despise these people as much as we do. Per capita, there are more people like this in the general population
than in the military, and certainly a few are likely to end up in the military. They, however, are seen as a dishonor to their fellow troops, and are
doing nothing to "protect America".
So, to answer your question, I would say no. The soldiers who are protecting America are not bad, because the "bad" ones aren't protecting
America, rather they're living out their childhood G.I. Joe fantasies and their self-image of being superior human beings to the rest of us stems
from a buried inferiority complex.
People need to keep in mind that there are "bad" lawyers, "bad" doctors, "bad" IT professionals, "bad" salesmen, "bad" cops, "bad"
plumbers, "bad" electricians, "bad" grocery sackers so on and so forth. Any employer the size of the US Military is going to end up hiring a few
bad apples. Trust me, these are people that the rest of the military wants rid of as well. They don't want to trust their lives to a guy who gets
his jollies torturing puppies, and when these dysfunctional personalities are identified, they're promptly relieved of duty and sent packing.