The next one was Grenada, which started when I was 27.
Then there was Panama, the years of which I don’t remember.
Then there was Daddy’s Bush’s first Middle East war.
Then there was his son’s war in Iraq and Afghanistan, still going on. Sixteen years so far – longer than WWI, WWII and Korea combined (and some of Vietnam too).
Of course I’ve met a lot of wounded soldiers – some catastrophically - and some killed, including one I went to high school with who basically got his head blown off while piloting a helicopter in Grenada. That’s what happens when you are an American – you experience things like that. Too bad.
When I got older I realized that every soldier killed and wounded, and every citizen “collateral damage” killed and wounded (old men, old women, children, babies, pregnant women) - in every one of those wars died for nothing. It was a complete waste of health and life and wealth, all of it.
There is a good reason there exists that Biblical saying about Satan “walking to and fro and down and down” the world.
I still know men who were not only horribly wounded – brain-damaged – not only from Korea but World War II. They were so badly wounded they have no meaningful lives, not when the one from Korea can’t form any new memories and still thinks it’s 1951 (he still thinks he’s 21 years old) and the one from WWII is about ten years old mentally (of course the historically ignorant are going to say, “But-but-but Hitler and the Commies were going to conquer the world!”)
I forgot – I still know one blinded in Korea.
I’ve also found that every Chickenhawk I’ve met was never in combat or even in the military – being cowards they avoided both on purpose. All they can do is give worthless advice on how wars should be conducted but they no intention whatsoever of putting their money where their mouth is. These days they’re keyboard warriors. That’s ball-less cowardice pure and simple. They think that running their mouths makes them brave.
Every combat veteran Ive’ met considers Dubya Shrub a coward. Every one of them. They’re right: he is a coward who when asked if he wanted to serve as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, responded, “No.”
A coward is not someone who’s afraid. A coward is someone who brags about how tough they are – like Shrub howling “Bring it on!” – but has nothing personally to back it up (like Dubya declining to fly in Vietnam). As I’ve said before, “The cheaper the punk the gaudier the patter.”
One of my friends, who had a B.S. in Economics and a PhD in History, recently asked me, “Did Bush do anything right?”
I’ve had people tell me we shouldn’t listen to people who’ve been in combat “because their minds aren’t right.” Such people are incredibly stupid because they don’t realize the answer is, “You mean your mind is right because you’re a coward?” They can’t say they’re not a coward otherwise they would have volunteered for combat. When you’re stupid you are always getting yourself caught between a rock and a hard place.
If I had my way I’d bring back the draft – but only for Chickenhawks. I’d put them in the front lines so they’d be the first killed. It’d make it a better world, genetically much improved.
Chickenhawks think their minds are right even though they are cowards. That’s actually very funny.
There is an ancient observation – “Mars takes the best.” Mars, meaning the Roman god of war. It’s the Roman version of the Greek god of war, Ares.
No more Mars taking the best. Mars can take the worst, the worthless. Big-mouth cowards. Chickenhawks. I wouldn’t even treat them when they’re wounded, just shoot them. It’s what soldiers used to do to other horribly wounded soldiers when they were going to die anyway.
We can’t do anything less for Chickenhawks. If they’re so brave and war-loving they wouldn’t mind being killed or horribly wounded or shot and put out of their misery. They should want to die or be catastrophically wounded for cowardly politicians and their meaningless wars.