I imagine this will displease some of our military and to them I must say I'm sorry but I disagree.
Our invasions of those Nations was not to protect my freedom nor any of my loved ones.
Our WAR MONGERING elected President's and Congress have bankrupted America financially and morally.
Our MERCENARY MILITARY is the greatest threat to the security of our citizens in coming years.
Tot: it seems to me that politically speaking that you are all over the map. How can one spew venom at Liberals while adopting a Liberal concept regarding the wars at the same time?
You wanna know what I really think, Tot? I think inconsistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
I will ADMIT IT and have done so here on these pages when I am wrong. I seriously doubt that you are capable of doing the same thing. Ever.
While I am well aware that this,
particular perspective of mine,
aka TOT is not what is expected from the older citizens of this great country,
please all who read this,
Know that I am not alone in my opinion.
"I imagine this will displease some of our military..."
I'm not sure why it would. The military act at the beck-and-call, direction, and pleasure of the CIVILIAN LEADERSHIP. They go and do what the CIVILIAN LEADERSHIP wants them to do. In this country, the military doesn't run the government - it's the elected civilian leadership that runs the military. Case in point: The "Commander-in-Chief" of the United States armed forces is an elected civilian.
TOT: Without a "mercenary military," neither you nor I would be able to speak our minds on sites like these as our freedoms continue to be preserved, protected, and defended by those mercenaries.
This country has always had a "mercenary military," since as far as I know we have always compensated those who have fought at the direction of our CIVILIAN LEADERSHIP in one way or another. What we have now is a system - ENACTED AND ENFORCED BY OUR CIVILIAN LEADERSHIP - which lets them avoid having their sons (and daughters) in harm's way unless they CHOOSE to do so. If you have any issues with the system, take it up with the civilians. Our current military forces continue to do what they are required to do - as they have down through the centuries.
Yes we have always compensated those who were in service to the various military branches.
However when we had the military draft compensation was not nearly as generous as it has become since the draft.
Before the draft was done away with service was a hardship financially for some but it was proudly endured by almost any and all folks from all walks of life.
Some draftees served their hitch and as soon as possible went back to civilian life returning to their more prosperous employment opportunities in the private sector.
Some draftees made excellent soldiers and attained rank rapidly. Many of those felt that they could better provide for themselves by staying in and did so.
Many of those retired as yet young men and collected many decades of compensation from our treasury.
This has gradually become a tremendous burden on the taxpayers.
I just finished watching Capt. Phillips with Tom Hanks. The degree of professionalism displayed by our Navy Intelligence, and the Seals was unbelievable. I know Hollywood can exaggerate but this movie proved what I already knew: We Americans have the most advanced, savvy, and brave men and women protecting us then ANY nation in the world. One of my best friends, a retired Full Bird from G-2 (Army Intelligence) of 34 years, continually amazed and amazes me with his astonishing knowledge. So, when I saw that Naval Intelligence in the Tom Hanks movie was able to ascertain not only the Somali pirate 'captain's' name, Najee, but told him they knew what village he came from, who is family members were all the way down to his grandchild, I was not surprised. It made me proud to be an American. Najee, and the rest of the terrorist pirates knew they could not escape being brought to justice by the United States and that they had to negotiate and not kill Capt. Phillips.
These people DESERVE any all the 'benefits' be it monetary or other, that they get from our country. Your referring to them in a somewhat negative connotation by calling them 'mercenaries', implying that their patriotism and sacrifice is bought and paid for, is an outright ridiculously uniformed insult.
I'll try again: TOT - if you want to reinstitute the draft, don't blame the military. The civilians got rid of it. The civilians perpetuate an economy which makes military service attractive. The civilians want ever-more power and world influence, making a "super-power" military necessary to gain that power and keep/expand that influence. The civilians know that when you dance, you eventually have to pay the band - one way or another. The military is just an instrument which enables our government to play its never-ending series of sets.
The draft will NEVER be reinstituted as long as the civilians-in-charge in the White House and Congress prefer the status quo. You can't ask YOUR military to give up their lives, their livelihood, their families, their personal freedoms, etc., for YOU (i.e., the CIVILIANS) without adequate compensation. What is adequate? Adequate is whatever is necessary to keep the boots filled in the quantity and quality necessary to fulfill YOUR civilian aspirations and YOUR "national interests."
You - TOT - are WE THE PEOPLE and YOUR government is running the system in YOUR name. Your gripe is not with the volunteer military - no matter how many of them you may feel have dissed you over the years. Your gripe is with your CIVILIAN government which says this is the best military we've ever had, and wants to keep it that way.
My gripe is with my elected officials and their misuse of mercenary troops to invade sorverign nations and wreak havoc on citizens of other countries.
Our draft era military would have no part of what our military has done in these most recent invasions on foreign lands.
Remember those who went to Canada.
Ike warned us about this in his farewell address.