In reply to Bruce McCutcheon, once more. Let me again answer his comments one by one.
According to Bruce, my comments are “saber rattling from the warrior class.”
Actually I take that as a compliment.
The warrior class is the one that keeps this nation free. We protect the country, the people, the Constitution and especially the First Amendment. And we don’t ask much for doing that, just a little respect.
Bruce says that in the 238 years of our existence as a country, we have been in war for all but 21 of those years. When were the 21 years? And, so what?
“We don’t do war very well.” Really?
Ask the British in the 1780s, the Germans and Japanese in the 1940s, the North Koreans and Chinese in the 1950s, and the Russians in the Cold War from the 1940s to the 1990s.
I thought we did pretty well in all those. Actually, we did very well in Vietnam in the 1960s considering our hands were tied behind our backs. And then our politicians sold us out after 58,000-plus lives were lost.
And just to delve a little further into war, remember it is the politicians who send our young men and women into combat.
The warrior class does not. And, the warrior class is the one that despises war the most, as we are the ones who have to go and fight it.
But this is the comment I liked best in Bruce’s letter: “It’s no wonder we have never had a strong leader that came from the warrior class!” OK. How about George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy? How about George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, James Gavin, Matthew Ridgway, Bull Halsey and Chesty Puller?
Of course, the American people are not in favor of military involvement in the world. That’s a no-brainer. Who in their right mind would favor military involvement in other countries?
The point is not whether the people favor it, the point is whether it is necessary to protect our interests or those of our allies.
Or it is to destroy a dictatorial regime with world domination in mind such as Nazi Germany, fascist Italy or Imperial Japan. Or to stop Communist North Korea from conquering its southern neighbor.