I'll take this on. I served and yes, lost a few friends, never got to fire my weapon in anger, and was 5 minutes from going downtown to Panama City,Rep. Of Panama, during Bush Sr. visit when I was down there (saw gunner on top of a duece and half on the 3rd vehicle if it would went down, luckily SS evac'ed him before we got the call).
First of all, when people talk trash about the military and I will quote them:
"Military is a welfare project"
"Military are murderers"
Both of these statements are false, why? I went in the .Mil in 1990 making 300 a month, I left the military make 2400 a month. We don't murderer people, we engage those that engage us (So, if you are carrying a weapon and take pop shots at us, don't get mad if you get engaged with something bigger than a bullet). Folks in the military do what Politicians say during conflicts, the rest of the time is spent training, family, forging the bond between units and it's members. If you have a problem then guess what, go to talk to your Politicians or use your Vote to make sure that we don't get involved in conflicts. Now, just keep in mind, that history has shown that isolationism is not good, but that is up to you to figure that out..
Now, about talking crap about the military, if you think we are bad or what not, how about signing the dotted line and see the crap that we have/had/do go thru and I promise you will understand why former .Mil and current .Mil act the way we do when folks that have never put on the uniform say things that are baseless and wrong.
BTW, ask a Vietnam vet how he felt when he came back. Or ask about how they feel about the new breed of veterans that they see on a daily..
I appologized to you for what you thought I was saying.
I would never spit on our soldiers or any of that viet nam shit.
Disliking the military system is not the same as disliking all men in uniform.
Your smarter than that.
I dislike the gov system , that doesn't mean I have a beef with federal workers.
All of this is compartmentalised. You deal with carrying out the actions. Your not actually in charge of policy.
2 different things.
Your confusing what I was saying.
As for people shooting at you in their country that is the most hypocritical nonsense I have heard.
Just what the fuck would you do if some foreign country rolled in uninvited by USA ?
Nothing ? My ass unless they had white flags.
Unless you or quality sound a former / current sec of defense or some shit then your confusing yourself with my intended comments.
Soldiers are not the "military industrial machine" of which I speak of.
And like I said. I have family in service or retired.
Everyone to a certain extent deserves respect.
The POTUS has never worn the uniform and he is responsible for the blood you guys spill