Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Airborne Nation - "American Soldier"


"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death." - Sun Tzu

"American Soldier"

Chap P. Morrison, Monday, June 22, 2009

Being an American soldier has always been a thankless job. From Ira Hayes to Pat Tillman, our soldiers, always willing to pay the highest price, get nothing they deserve for the job that they do. It is certainly not for glory that they act, but they deserve all that we can give them. This means, first and foremost, that we must avoid getting the nation into police actions oversees where winning is never the objective. This means, second, providing them with what they need to their job when we do, and third, working to get them out of such situations as swiftly as is possible. General Stanley McChrystal, the head commander in Afghanistan, has ordered that troops no longer fight near, around, or in Afghan homes. Evidently, the general has forgotten the nature of war, and how announcing such a command so publicly will undermine our troops efforts on the ground. This is why we should never get into such conflicts to begin with. We are fighting a deceptive enemy that is unwilling to fight except through elusive guerrilla warfare. We cannot assume that it is possible to fight such an enemy on diplomatic terms. However, in the larger picture, this is also evidence of how badly we misuse our troops. It is time to bring them home.

"Supplemental" - Kent Allen Halliburton, Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I must agree with my Comrade here, in that, being a soldier is not an easy job, nor is it a job that sufficiently repays a person for the work they do. After their service is over, most soldiers spend the remainder of their lives suffering from the symptoms of physical and mental ailments picked up while in service. Further, those issues are almost never properly treated because the Department of Veterans Affairs is almost always understaffed and underfunded, and private care for such ailments is extremely expensive. He is also correct that most of these troubles could and should be prevented, and the the easiest solution is to just not get tied up into silly open ended police action style conflicts, in the first place. He is also correct that the troops that are currently fighting in conflicts, like those in Afghanistan and Iraq, need to be brought home already. There are many soldiers who have done in excess of five tours of duty in these conflicts. This is excessive any way it is argued. To address something Chad did not, why are we in these places to begin with? Our troops are certainly not being sent to these places to fight for our freedom. They are being sent there to make profit for companies like Lockheed, Halliburton, AirBus and others. They are there to test new military technology in real world conditions. Our soldiers are being used as tools, only to be thrown aside when they are no longer needed. This is what has really got to stop. Stop this, and most of the other problems will have no reason to exist.

The original version of this article was published at http://airbornenation.yolasite.com/blogs/american-soldier.

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