posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 10:47 PM
Yikes... After reading the replies so far, it's vicious out here.
I respect our troops AND I support them. I don't support their missions anymore, namely because winning has never seemed to really matter or even
been viewed as counterproductive by the political twits who define those missions.
I have never understood the ability of so many people to demonize the troops of Britain or the U.S. when we're citizens of the same. These aren't
mindless, faceless "Them"'s. They're our family, neighbors and friends. What burns my biscuits are the outright rogue units that make headlines or
the otherwise good men and women pushed right to the edge of criminal acts....then allowed to play with no supervision or guidelines. Abu Ghraib
happened this way and I really think the command levels over them should have fried while the actual soldiers should have gotten mid grade
sentences...but far LESS than the commanders who set the whole thing up to happen.
One other thought before coming up with every way possible to insinuate our troops are like the German war time SS or something. If our troops commit
wrongs and go over the line (and they do from time to time), then be everyone's guest to go rent a flat or living spot in Kabul or Baghdad.
Heck..take the safe route...Go to Mosul. At least the locals aren't necessarily imagining your neck size for hanging every time you pass on the
Whatever our troops do in abuse situations, recall, this isn't abuse among the ranks of our enemies. It's entertainment or a perfectly valid and
trained strategy of fighting. We prosecute our rogues....They lionize theirs and hold them up as examples for others to follow. This is the difference
and what matters. Our military may suck sometimes, but show me a better one (political leadership entirely aside). England and the U.S. are entirely
equal on this, I believe.