- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
If I could do something other than fight physically, then a "yes" would be easier to say.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
been there done that... would go again if I had to.
fighting wars is one of the few things I do extraordinarily well.
That's way too vague. If we were attacked for no reason, absolutely. If it was for a good reason, hell, I might help them.
If you are and American citizen the only answer is yes.........How anyone would have any other choice boggles the mind..........
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
Some minds are easily boggled.
Welcome back NP, thought you had run off in a snit, good to see your brite, shiny smile.
Been there, Done that on the whole defend our 'interest' overseas, was not overly impressed with the parting gifts. Back in my day we didn't look like Star Wars stormtroopers and our fatigue shirts couldn't stop bullets. One thing I did learn was you could be a super trooper but if the guy in front of you steps on a Bouncing Betty or that 122 rocket drops in while you are taking a dump in the latrine you get the same sucking chest wound as the 'lesser' troopies.
Defend the nation from an invader, sure.
Over seas for market share, no
Civil war, hmmm I'll get back to you on that one...
I'm the first pacifist to log into the poll. I would leave and go somewhere peaceful. It's not like I have any land to defend. I travel light.
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang