My "favorite" comment on the thread sampled below was the suggestion that one was not American for disapproving of the supposed actions.
I shouldn't be surprised. I know from history that Americans objectify our enemies in order to build support and momentum for warfare. We did it in the Revolution. We did it in the years we fought the Native Americans. We did it when we fought the Germans, the Japanese, the Koreans, and the Vietnamese.
We even conducted witch hunts among our own populace during the Cold War. We continue that trend to this very day by associating people of certain political ideals with the very same Cold War enemy. It even extends to attacks on religious ideals or lack thereof.
We're coming off as nothing better than schoolyard bullies.
Is this the American ideal we're supposed to defend?
“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” —President Franklin D. Roosevelt
May the 2,402 American military, 57 American civilian, and 64 Japanese military casualties rest in peace.
Provocative quote of the day, courtesy of Lieutenant Colonel Jay Stout, USMC, retired:
“My Air Force compadres, darn them, did such a great job of engaging the Iraqi fighters as they got airborne that I doubt an Iraqi aircraft got within 50 miles of a Marine Corps aircraft. So we had to satisfy ourselves with tearing up forces on the ground.”
I heard it on “Remembering The First Gulf War, 20 Years On” on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. While it’s definitely Marine-speak, I wonder if certain people should never be allowed in front of a microphone in public forum. Listening to it, I’m sure LtCol Stout meant it humorously, but the joke fell flat. He tried a couple of other bits of military humor, but what some of my friends in uniform fail to realize is that civilians don’t understand it. Unless you’ve experienced it, most military humor feels barbaric at worst.
In other news, my brain’s working overtime on another story idea. Yes, brain, I’m listening.
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