We live in weird times. Unlike Vietnam the civilians kiss our arses and say everbody in uniform is a hero, or thank us for serving, or put worthless yellow ribbons on their car windows. But our fellow veterans treat each other like crap at times.
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"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The fact we have ISIS to contend with today is a direct result of our putting "boots on the ground" in Iraq in the first place back in 2003. ISIS is estimated to be about 30,000 fighters or so. The Iraqi Armed Forces has 271,500 active members and over 500,000 in reserve. So why can't they defeat ISIS in their own country? It is because the Iraqi government is so corrupt and ineffectual that they can't. We could go in there and somehow miraculously kill every member of ISIS overnight, and in a little time another bunch of Islamists would spring up and take their place. Gosh if only Iraq were ruled by some brutal strongman dictator that could brutally suppress groups like ISIS before they gained any power…..
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
We should never have gone there in the first place. But it was mission accomplished, whatever the **** that meant.