[Homestead] 2006 military budget balancing act

Melody O. melody at crecon.com
Mon Feb 7 14:15:57 EST 2005

At 01:18 PM 2/7/05 -0500, you wrote:
>Melody O. wrote:
>>At 10:43 AM 2/7/05 -0700, you wrote:
>>>>tvoivozhd---I love having the best fighter plane in the
>>>>world, but wafare is definitely moving to unmanned
>>>>equipment of all kinds---need to be there fustest with the
>>>I met a Marine pilot some years back who opined that killing enemy planes 
>>>was no fun anymore as they were still well beyond visual contact when the 
>>>missile took them out.
>>Some people are still enjoying the kill:
>>SAN DIEGO -- At a panel discussion in San Diego Tuesday, a top Marine
>>general tells an audience that, among other things, it is "fun to shoot
>>some people."
>>The comment, made by Lt. Gen. James Mattis, came in reference to fighting
>>insurgents in Iraq. He went on to say, "Actually, its a lot of fun to
>>fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. I like brawling."
>>"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for 5 years
>>because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis continued. "You know, guys like
>>that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to
>>shoot them."
>>Really messed up, I'd say.
>tvoivozhd---only if you don.t believe that  what's sauce for the goose 
>is sauce for the gander.  If I had been one of the guys liberating 
>Dachau or Auschwitz---or capturing Japan's Unit 731 butchers, and  goons 
>in charge of the Bataan Death March, I would have been laughing so hard 
>I could barely walk as they all collapsed in a pool of blood.  It's not 
>payment in full for their magnitude of their cruelty, but it's the best 
>you can do.

Soldiers just follow orders.  To laugh in glee as someone dies is hideous
no matter who it is.  One can have a gladness that the task is done, but to
laugh or think it is fun to kill proves what one is.

Best wishes,

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