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Troops are fighting for your freedumb
Posted 11/17/14
Ahhh. The ol' bait and click.

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I've never actually heard a Service member say that s/he was "protecting your freedom" unless s/he was being badgered by someone about being in the military. But how would I react if so addressed by a Service member? I'd thank them. I served 8 years in the US Navy, so I appreciate what they are doing now. One thing I've noticed over the years, however, is this: of all the people who have told me what a tool I was for serving, who implied my involvement in the oppression of others--I don't remember seeing a single one of them there with me. By which I mean to say that their fantasies are overloading their facts, or--less delicately--that they are talking out their _ss about something they don't fully understand. And that's fine. Irritating, but fine. Indeed, if I have any regret about my service, it is that we were willing to risk so much for so many who deserved it so little (both at home and abroad).

To close on a positive note, I agree that the US probably shouldn't have so many troops stationed across the globe. Most host countries are at best ambivalent about our presence and, quite honestly, would not be worth losing US lives in combat. Personally, I always thought that isolationism makes sense. . .certainly more sense than pretending to be the world's police.
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Posted 11/17/14
Is America a terrible place? No. Is it the greatest place ever? Also no. Are the troops fighting for our freedom? Honestly I don't believe our military has fought for the freedom of Americans since the Civil War. We may be a great world power now, but we are not exceptional. Throughout all of history, great powers have risen and fallen. We are no different.
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moonhawk81 wrote:

I've never actually heard a Service member say that s/he was "protecting your freedom" unless s/he was being badgered by someone about being in the military. But how would I react if so addressed by a Service member? I'd thank them. I served 8 years in the US Navy, so I appreciate what they are doing now. One thing I've noticed over the years, however, is this: of all the people who have told me what a tool I was for serving, who implied my involvement in the oppression of others--I don't remember seeing a single one of them there with me. By which I mean to say that their fantasies are overloading their facts, or--less delicately--that they are talking out their _ss about something they don't fully understand. And that's fine. Irritating, but fine. Indeed, if I have any regret about my service, it is that we were willing to risk so much for so many who deserved it so little (both at home and abroad).

To close on a positive note, I agree that the US probably shouldn't have so many troops stationed across the globe. Most host countries are at best ambivalent about our presence and, quite honestly, would not be worth losing US lives in combat. Personally, I always thought that isolationism makes sense. . .certainly more sense than pretending to be the world's police.


Ty sir. And i agree with your post.
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Posted 11/17/14 , edited 11/17/14
young men die when old men start wars.
when diplomancy ends, war begins.

edit:
funny point, USA has not actually finished a war since 1945. unless you count the civil war in granada.
Posted 11/17/14 , edited 11/17/14
I still like America/Americans though.
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Somehow my comment got chopped before I notice. In the US we have not only military abroad but in our airports, in our bus terminals, and in our public buildings. When I see soldiers in urban camo in port authority, I do not feel safe. It doesn't matter if it's our soldiers or someone else's. I don't feel safe when our police officers are as well armed as our military troops and are willing to use that force against our own citizens. I don't feel safe when our pro gun groups quote the second amendment as being justification of being armed with assault rifles in the name of "protecting the citizens against the government" but I can definitely understand where that paranoia comes from.


So for those who served, thank you very much, but you creep the ever loving hell out of me when you're armed to the teeth in my shopping malls.
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Posted 11/17/14
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Posted 11/17/14

moonhawk81 wrote:

I've never actually heard a Service member say that s/he was "protecting your freedom" unless s/he was being badgered by someone about being in the military.


Here you go.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STpOIefYtpQ
Posted 11/17/14 , edited 11/17/14
I this.

People bash Americans but will not hesitate to use American websites, search engines, inventions, cell phone, internet...Watch movies, listen to American music, culture, come here as refugees, come here illegally, come here for medical treatment etc. etc...

Keep it up buttercup

Yup. America has its problems, absolutely. Yet again, as a person who travels globally a lot, has lived outside of the States and has family living outside of the States...Let me tell you, America's still one of the best places to live. People love to stereotype (and some stereotypes are true) Americans, but most are wrong - and these stereotypes are used to improve their own country, and help cover their own country's problems.

The government and the majority of its foreign policies suck hard. The country and the people don't.

I've notice a lot of utterly idiotic Americans who complain about their own country have not traveled they just digest and regurgitate news from self-diagnosed teen fem-nazi run websites (TUMBLR) and think their country is the worst thing on earth due to silly commentary.

Absolutely idiotic.

And I how this thread keeps going, yet threads about other countries problems/past problems get locked. Racism in Europe, Japanese War Crimes, problems overseas...etc. Shut down almost as soon as they are started.

Wonder why ♥♥♥

Final note my darlings :

I ESPECIALLY WHEN PEOPLE BASH AMERICA ON CRUNCHYROLL, AN AMERICAN MADE WEBSITE.

LOLZ HOW I LOVE YOUR HYPOCRISY ♥♥♥
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OMG! It's a talking dog!
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OMG! It's a talking dog!


More like typing, but close; so close.
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Posted 11/17/14

SoldierSangria wrote:

I this.

People bash Americans but will not hesitate to use American websites, search engines, inventions, cell phone, internet...Watch movies, listen to American music, culture, come here as refugees, come here illegally, come here for medical treatment etc. etc...

Keep it up buttercup

Yup. America has its problems, absolutely. Yet again, as a person who travels globally a lot, has lived outside of the States and has family living outside of the States...Let me tell you, America's still one of the best places to live. People love to stereotype (and some stereotypes are true) Americans, but most are wrong - and these stereotypes are used to improve their own country, and help cover their own country's problems.

The government and the majority of its foreign policies suck hard. The country and the people don't.

I've notice a lot of utterly idiotic Americans who complain about their own country have not traveled they just digest and regurgitate news from self-diagnosed teen fem-nazi run websites (TUMBLR) and think their country is the worst thing on earth due to silly commentary.

Absolutely idiotic.

And I how this thread keeps going, yet threads about other countries problems/past problems get locked. Racism in Europe, Japanese War Crimes, problems overseas...etc. Shut down almost as soon as they are started.

Wonder why ♥♥♥

Final note my darlings :

I ESPECIALLY WHEN PEOPLE BASH AMERICA ON CRUNCHYROLL, AN AMERICAN MADE WEBSITE.

LOLZ HOW I LOVE YOUR HYPOCRISY ♥♥♥
Who are you even trying to argue with?
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Posted 11/17/14 , edited 11/26/14

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Posted 11/17/14
This thread is pointless, he is obviously just trying to stir up conflict. At least here I can leave the page unlike some similar schemed lectures.
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