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Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. (It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one’s country.)

Horace

The American public along with the media are a hilarious bunch of hypocritical imbeciles to witness in action. Take these two examples: 

Old man gets illegally recorded and leaked to the media some un-politically correct statements. End result: Forced to sell business.

Now for the next scenario. Not as old man breaks the law he signed not even a year ago. Trades for a deserter who abandoned his fellow comrades in a war zone in exchange for 5 key opposition leaders. End result: Apologizes and says he won’t do it again. 

This is the America I love. The one who tries to out-outrage everyone and cares about the things that are trivial. While true that in the US Military we don’t leave someone behind, the circumstances of this deserter  make that line of reasoning fallacious. He wasn’t captured under heroic circumstances defending his fellow comrades in arms he left on his own accord. In more civilized times he would have been put to death for his actions.

What I admire most from pre-Vietnam conflicts was the sense of pride in the troops who fought. Everyone felt they ought to do a part no matter if you were a drifter or a furniture salesman. Much different mentality from the career soldier of modern times. This isn’t to say its better merely different.

I’ve been watching the History Channel documentary series Vietnam in HD. It really saddens me when I see the behavior of the media coverage of this war and its effects on the general public. I can’t think of another war where public perception caused the eventual loss of the conflict as opposed to the actual ground fighting. Its embarrassing. 

吾士无余财,非恶货也。无余命,非恶寿也。(If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.)

Sun Tzu, 孙子兵法 Sunzi Bingfa (The Art of War)