Originally posted by hooberson3
Originally posted by FoosM
Originally posted by TDawgRex
During my three decades of service, I questioned everything under the sun. I always tried to question intelligibly though, not emotionally. That is the way I was taught by very wise NCOs and Officers.
Sometimes I didn’t agree with the mission, but went anyway, just to try to keep my Joes alive. I could have been relieved of my duties and the responsibility would have been given to someone possibly less competent, but the mission would have gone on anyway.
Im not quite sure what the difference is here.
You question, yet you still followed orders?
Whats the difference?
How is that different than following orders blindly?
Only that you knew what you were doing?
Be it legal or otherwise?
Isn't that worse?
I think what he is trying to say as that it's better to have people in the military who are mindful of right/wrong, excessive force, the uniform code of military justice, and to know when NOT to follow an unlawful order. Sometimes it may be hard to see the big picture through all the layers of the onion and compartmentalization but I would rather have someone like TdawgRex in the ranks than someone who is ignorant to all of the stuff I mentioned above. There in lies the dilemma, do you tough it out and do the best you can with what you have or get out and possibly let an ignorant and dangerous person take your position? You would be surprised how many intelligent and compassionate people are in the military.
Im sure there were compassionate people running the slave trade.
But is that work that you would want to be part of?
Its a voluntary military. Meaning, your not forced to join, and if you suspect that
what you are joining will have you do acts of atrocities that you would never do back home,
why join? It would be smarter to stay home and fight the corrupt system, then to go overseas
to topple other people's corrupt systems, right?
I would say, why doesn't the US follow the swiss model.
Arm and train the people, and let them defend their homes.
Nobody on this planet would be ready to attack a country of well armed civilians.
Forgot to add something. There will always be what I call the "glass parking lot crowd" who think the answer to everything is yeeehaawww turn everything into a glass parking lot but those folks are the minority in the military from my experience. There are far, far more "glass parking lot" people in the civilian world because they don't understand war and listen to people like Bill'O who are callous and ready to fight as long as they don't have to do anything.
The issue with the US is, that those "glass parking lot" lot are the ones paying for the military they have.