posted on May, 16 2012 @ 12:49 PM
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Bottom line - The decision for whether or not I go to war is MINE, NOT yours.
When war comes to your street that is the case. Until then who, when and how we go to war are decisions best made by the electorate.
However, once the decision has been made it should be up the professional soldiers who have experience leading units in war.
The reason these professionals make these choices is because as Soldiers, they do what is best for the organization not choices to make individuals
feel better about themselves, to contrive a social experiment or to be “politically correct”. That is why we don’t elect our Generals. So they
can do what is right and best without having to pander to the individual.
Politicians have been meddling too long in the affairs of the profession of arms – the decisions on how to staff and run a fighting force are best
left to those who are professional soldiers.
This is the very difference between a civilian and the veteran – a veteran has made the choice to place the good of the group over his own well
being. He/she, knows what it is like to subordinate his will and desire to the leaders in a unit to accomplish the mission at hand.
Bottom line it is not about what might make a few individuals happy or makes them feel “included” or whatever politically correct clap trap the
goal of the “oppressed” group de jour might be.
It is the best and most efficient way to accomplish the mission – this includes not making unnecessary complications in the logistic system or to
add more stress to the already stressful conduct of war. You don't make something more complicated for the majority of the fighting force to pacify
the few women who might make it through the same training. Especially, in the name of political correctness!
Bottom line the prosecution of war and the make-up of the units who will do it should be done by professional soldiers who know what is at stake not
politicians trying to get more votes by pandering to the feel good ideas of the uninformed masses.