“Americans in general are extremely naïve, they don't want to understand there are actual people out there that don't like our way of life. You can't change their thought process.”
Yeah this is just the sort of people you want to have colonize your hometown, eh? Remember too these are the Muslims who are our putative allies. Not our enemies. If someone came pounding on your door in the middle of the night yelling that he was going to kill you, would you open the door and let him in?
Jeremy, what strikes me as I look at this professional soldier, who is supposedly retired military, but still arming up and "going on mission" is that most Americans think we do not have combat troops in our uniform or in our pay in foreign lands, that we are "at war" even if it does not count the semantic definition. Two months ago I saw a casualty report buried in the back of a newspaper, which treated the slain "contractors" as if they were not Americans, yet surely the men who killed them saw them as Americans. You can tell this guy is an American military man—a marine at that—at a glance.
I recall reading a Time [or other mass media news rag] Magazine article in 2006 which listed casualties for Americans since the beginning of hostilities in Afghanistan. In this article a total of 30 or 31 nations were given for U.S. military Combat Deaths, but only Iraq and Afghanistan were named!
[Maybe BaruchK can help with this. is there a designation for these shadow nations among military men?]
In 2013, I saw an RT report that the U.S. had conducted "military operations" in over 40 countries—which is all most all of them—in Africa. I talked to a man that works for a military contractor at Baltimore eatery who described his current work in various African nations.
Most U.S. citizens don't read Jane's or Soldier of Fortune and have no clue that those 900-plus U.S. military bases have a function and that the U.S. is engaged in more deployments in third tier nations than the British Military was 150 years ago, when the "Sun never set" on the British Empire.
Why doesn't the God Emperor, just say, "Look, we have professional killers kicking down doors in thirty-plus nations so that your soft ass can sleep soundly at night. Don't go and negate all that by inviting the younger brothers of the guys we shoot in their beds into our homeland?"
I see a large part of the problem being that Americans don't realize that they have the highest standard of living on the planet because we are at the center of a de facto world empire. Part of that is that we see empires on the Roman and Napoleonic model, not the Athenian and Persian models, which fit better.
So, Jeremy, as a non-military guy who personally knows ex-military men who have been shot in Burma, the Philippines and Peru [nations where we have never been at war, by news or Pentagon definitions] while in U.S. uniform, I'm wondering why the Commander in Chief does not come out and say, "We've been fighting a global war since the days when you actually wanted a blow job from Madonna?"
Why not, and if so, how do you think it will go down?
PS: The article below treats this guy as if he's not a soldier anymore, yet the U.S. had over 3,000 of his coworkers killed over the past decade and a half. He's an American fighting for American policy, yet he's not? This guy has "I sling lead for a living" stamped on his forehead, yet we have to pretend he's a construction worker?
IJR - Independent Journal Review |
On Wednesday, Marine veteran Steven Gern posted a video to his Facebook page that outlined his thoughts on President Trump's recent executive order on immigration.