"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
Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.
Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, don't blame someone else, or expect others to make a change, you should stop complaining and make a different choice. Remember, the circumstances of your birth don't determine the outcome of your life.
I sometimes really struggle understanding my fellow Americans and their point of view. Here in America we have thousands of our citizens killed each year by fellow citizens, largely gang related, yet American seem complacent on the matter. We are afraid or refuse to make the tough choices and also to allocate the resources needed to combat the problem effectively. However as soon as a foreign force kills thousands of our citizens we are willing to go to war on multiple fronts and spend hundreds of billions of dollars to combat them. Not only that we are even willing to return to combat new potential risks while we still continue to ignore the problems at home. So what is this all really about? You cannot claim it is to protect Americans because we clearly avoid doing that domestically or are American deaths somehow viewed as worse if caused by a foreign force vs a domestic one? We just seems to like to point the finger across the globe while conveniently ignoring our own issues. I find that very bothersome.
Drone technology is quickly becoming more effective, including and especially more cost-effective, at killing people our military wants killed. It is the most dominant thing we have on them. Like God we can strike them down from above with the press of a button. There is still greater risk of killing their civilians, which I think emboldens them to devote their lives to killing Americans to avenge their dead, so that is a downside, but it must be demoralizing and terrifying that we can basically watch them, track them, and extinguish them at will, from the other side of the planet, without risking our own.
Compared to drone warfare, putting boots on the ground in their territory is a huge favor to them, in my opinion. They can sneak around, plant IEDs everywhere, and exact a toll on us with their guerrilla tactics. Makes it a fairer fight. And it comes with huge psychological costs to our troops. We should have learned our lessons from Vietnam, among other wars. Hell, we should have taken notes from the Revolutionary War, when we used similar tactics to defeat the British.
Last edited by Neomalthusian; 08-24-14 at 07:44 PM.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus