Posted On: Friday - March 5th 2021 2:09PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  US Feral Government
I saw a sign recently in a hotel advertising some "Warrior Outreach" program. It had to do with the soldiers from a nearby Army base helping the community with this or that. Oh, sure, it's great to be charitable, but I wouldn't really call it that. After all, it's the taxpayer's money that supports the whole shebang, in a big way, and they are just spreading some of our money around, errr, charitably. I would keep this in mind next time the military begs for a budget increase, had I any say in the matter.
That's not what ticked me off, though, about the poster and other armed forces wording I've seen. It seems that soldiers, sailors, and airmen in this social experiment of a military we have these days are now WARRIORS!
(This image is from a long-ago post of ours, "There's battle lines being drawn"... The official military.)
If it makes these men and women feel like they are living the lives of Comanche chiefs*, well, more power to 'em, but it's so far from the case as to be ludicrous. Most get into it for employment, training for a useful skill on the taxpayer's dime, a way to travel the world, and/or to save up tuition money. They can get "thank you for your service" accolades from the public and discounts at restaurants and motels. Occasionally, some of them do end up in precarious situations with the backing of still the most powerful military in the world, for the purpose of attacking some out of the way country for the purposes of ... democracy, yeah, that's the ticket.
* That is part 1 of our review of the Sam Gwynne book Empire of the Summer Moon. Here are Part 2 and Part 3