Cannon Fodder

Al Diablito
Thu, 16 Jan 2003 18:06:26 -0500

Solid post. I agree. Note that not one member of the House or Senate has a 
child in the military. Bush's daughters and nieces are too busy forging 
prescriptions and drinking underage (oops, they're 21, I forgot, Party On, 
Jenna!) to serve. Last time I checked, women could serve. C'mon ladies!

>Unless I miss the mark here, I think of of the core things about being in
>the armed forces is that you are willing to lay it all on the line to
>defend your country.
>In a way this does make all personel cannon fodder.
>They are placing thier life and purpose in the hands of thier higher ups.
>If thier higher ups are dinkum thinkums then they wont sqaunder thier
>Its the deal your signing up for when you join up.
>Now, having said this, I hold the mythical/legendary Patton quote for use
>of the lives in the armed service..that being you win wars not by dying
>for your country but by making the other poor shcmuck die for thiers..
>If there is a fight going down and wepons are being used then each and
>every person in that field are putting thier lives on the line. Maximize
>utility with minimal casulities is what the goal is.
>Thats the cold bottom line thoughts. The emotional ones are that no one
>should ever have to do this, feel it nessecary to , or find themselves in
>such a mess.
>I think my dad had it right when he told a much younger me that wars would
>best be fought by  goverment officals and not drafted armed forces. You
>would see peace breaking out all over the place.

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