Fifteen Years

Fifteen years that I have served in an Army at war.

Where did the time go?

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4 Responses to Fifteen Years

  1. DW says:

    First my thanks for your service. We haven’t always agreed on the use of our military regarding various foreign interventions, but we have communicated long enough that I know we need many more people in service like you that hold to constitutional principles and long established “American Values”.

    The US gov’t and the elites that manage it, have managed to corrupt every agency it runs. Over the past 8 years or so, the pentagon and most of the senior ranks of the military have also gone on bended knee to support our fascist government policies. So much so that sadly I have no doubt when it happens the US military will be used to kill and suppress the US citizenry, at least those that don’t drink the “kool-aid”.

    I don’t know how you manage to tolerate the current military situation, but again I thank you for your service and hope that there are more like you still in service.

    While I continue to read your blog, I haven’t commented on any of your posts in the past month or so. My wife somewhat affectionately calls me her favorite curmudgeon, but the fact is I am and generally I am pretty discouraged about the current situation and a positive way to effect change so that the children in our family have a future in a free society. Accordingly the majority of my comments on your blog posts are typically negative as to our future as a free society/nation.

    You on the other hand have always had a fairly positive outlook and respond that this will pass and things will get better, etc. While I don’t always agree with your positions, I understand the reasoning and the merits of your arguments. Over the past month or so, it appears to me that your attitude has taken on a darker than normal outlook. Since you are one of my barometers, to quote Yoda – I sense a disturbance in the force?

    Don’t know if you can or care to elaborate further either on blog or offline, but I am definitely interested in your thoughts on things presently.

    Vaya con Dios my friend. Faith, principles and resolve may be all we have left.

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  2. rthtgnbs says:

    Instead of answering piece by piece, I think this is a better answer as a whole.

    Whether our nation has good leadership, or bad, it will still need the people who keep things running. EMTs, Firemen, Soldiers, road crews, telecom support, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators. And those are the people who will keep civilization moving forward once the corruption of government has become complete and like a once mighty oak, impressive to the world but rotten at the core, cannot withstand the wind and will crumble under the weight of its own leaves.

    Right now….I have less hope for the immediate future than I can remember ever not having for at least a decade. The Left didn’t learn from the Right about Iraq and Afghanistan and went ahead and did Libya and Syria. It is frustrating to see sound military advice ignored by politicians who have the power to say, “We think this is a good idea, go forth and do it.” And you have two choices, resign or go do it. The current crop of potential presidents don’t have any real alternative except for “more drones, more high tech war with less boots on the ground” which causes chaos and spreads terror wherever it has been tried. The deficit of historical knowledge, the lack of informed thought on international relations…. it is not comforting.

    But every empire falls. The Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Greeks, Romans, Mongols, Turks, even the Chinese with their long history have a long history of governments replacing each other. Beyond that the Huns, the empire of Charlemagne, and the British empire upon which the sun never set… It is the twilight years of western civilization now. The USSR collapsed, and shoved Eastern Europe back into the world economy in a truly wonderful way, but that influx of innovation and love of liberty isn’t enough to change the course of Britain, France, and the US. The birth rates are determined that India and China will become the new centers of industry and innovation. The traditional Western centers of power, knowledge, and culture will hold on for a few more generations, but eventually Oxford, Harvard, and MIT will be viewed with the same respect as the ancient universities in Italy or Constantinople. English will linger on as the language of trade, because almost 400 million people with a high standard of living are a nice market for Indians or Chinese.

    The Russians have it worse, possibly only 200 million Russian speakers worldwide, and shrinking, and only about half of those are ethnic Russians of any percentage. Putin knows this, and is honestly leading his country in a way that many Russians believe is in the best interest of Russia although his Information Ops programs have a lot to do with that.

    So…I don’t think things will get better for us, at least not in the short term. At best we can follow the path of Britain, like an old prize fighter who still trains even though he knows his time in the ring has passed him by, and age gracefully as the helm of the world is passed on to different empires. Empires collapse slowly, like a deflating balloon long after the party is over.

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  3. DW says:

    Sadly I agree with you. I can’t recall the name of the book right now, but the guy who wrote it documented historically that all the world’s great civilizations/powers basically lasted on average about 200 years.

    It is still amazing to me how humans don’t learn from history, historical blueprints everywhere, yet no one learns.

    However being a software developer I have worked with the Indian’s and Chinese and I remain skeptical that they will become the next great powers.

    The corruption in both countries is pervasive and inbred. If simple population numbers drive that type of success, then maybe, but I think it takes a bit more than that to become a great power. But then again you may be right, as historically the difference today is that with technology, totalitarian regimes now have a much better chance at complete control and domination of the masses. And of course we have the NSA, so we are just as bad.

    My crystal ball is cloudy, but I still believe that economic failures are the biggest issue, and how have economic failures been resolved, traditionally by war. Hopefully US citizens have had enough of this and will not allow our feckless leaders to drag us into an unnecessary war, but who knows at this point.

    My biggest regret is the youngsters in the family. Many of them products of the prog public education system, so they don’t even have a clue when I discuss US history and liberty issues with them. They think uncle dave is just old and weird.

    I am not giving up just yet, but I am disheartened.

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  4. Dick B says:

    Modern culture derides the idea of ‘service’ . . . those who would render Americans senseless
    borgs, drifting through pointless existence, alter the meaning and usage of words, customs, and traditions. We no longer have ‘Peace Officers’ we have LEO’s; we no longer have armed services, we have ‘military’ – an adjective morphed to a noun by the Marxist literati language police. We no longer have Servicemen, we have ‘members’, like its a friggin’ club.

    You showed up, sweated, froze, soaked, slogged and Soldiered on . . . fifteen years’ loyal, dedicated service. Most will never know the satisfaction of that. You will. God bless you and
    she who holds it all together.

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