reply to post by paradox headache
Paradox, you apparently had some really sorry-assed NCO's in your day.
It's one thing to be given a free fire zone in a combat area and be ordered to kill anything that moves. That assumes that "friendlies" and the
local civilians have been warned to stay out of this area or risk death. Only used for areas of intense enemy activity.
Quite another to be required to fire on fellow citizens. The NCO's won't go for it. The soldiers won't go for it. Any soldier that starts any
shooting for that purpose will be stopped by whatever means required, and I've seen that too.
No one wants to have among them a psychotic killer. It makes everyone uneasy as they can't be trusted to have either good judgment or a reliable,
tempered pattern of behavior.
Oh yeah, you'll have one slip through the cracks now and then, but they don't last very long once they go over the line. Soldiers do a very good
job of policing their own.
We can always rely on our soldiers to do their duty.
And that duty never, ever, would require them warring on American civilians, or defying the oath they took to defend the Constitution.
Right now we have the brightest, most educated military we've ever had - and compared to some of the outstanding militaries we've had over the
centuries - that's really saying something.
I've been invited to be the keynote speaker at multiple Special Operations functions - and let me tell you - these are men of outstanding character,
capability, endurance, flexibility, presence, determination, and courage.
Some of those I spoke to and met years ago are having their actions and courage documented on the Military Channel, the History Channel, and it stuns
me that I can say, "I know him!"
Finally - at the risk of being docked points or given a warning - it takes one dumb, unknowing, twisted, stupid SOB to suggest that our military would
take on the American people.
And that's about all I have to say about that . . .