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Haha, seriously entertaining!
1 week, 4 days ago on No Kidding There I Was: Lessons Learned In South Korea
@JackMurphyRGR @chipe I also question the message of this trailer. Though it was short, I get this whole "oppressed people rising up to overthrow their tyrannical government" vibe. I am no subject matter expert on the Middle East or Syria, but from the information I have gathered (including from articles on this sight) I see this "civil war" more as a proxy war for sectarian violence and religious conservatism than as the oppressed overthrowing their government.
Don't get me wrong, I sympathize with the people who want no part of tyrannical regimes or war, and who have to endure the suffering that they entail; but I question this whole "oppressed rising up" motif that is played throughout the media. It almost seems like a narrative written by those who want the West (and America specifically) to intervene. As Americans how can that story not pull at our heart strings, at least in the slightest? It resonates with our very identity.
And then you read things about the Al-Nusra Front, their atrocities and their ties to Al Qaeda. Or about the sectarian divisions in the Middle East. Or even looking back on what occurred in Lybia, or in Afghanistan with Bin Laden.
I feel for these people and the suffering they have to endure, but I question foreign intervention because of its extremely checkered past. And though in a perfect world it would be great if no more people lost their lives as a result of this conflict; what damage would our intervention cause? Both to us and them? In the short term and the long? And how would America be different today if the French and the English had been able to help secure the South's victory during the Civil War?
I guess it comes down to a simple moral question:
Do we really have the right to interfere?
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
I really like the Kryptec patterns, any idea how they are standing up to the tests?
1 month ago on What’s Been ‘Camouflaged’ About Camouflaged Uniforms?
Good read. It's good to see it from the perspective of someone who was there.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on No Kidding There I Was…Hurricane Katrina
Cool read. I've done a GORUCK Challenge (a 10-12 hour endurance event that generally starts at 1 am), and have been thinking about their Selection (48 hours of non-stop pain and harassment). That he has been to Selection, and voluntarily did 6 hours of burpees.... just damn impressive! He has some serious cojones!
2 months, 1 week ago on Six Hours of Burpees
I have been wondering about how our troops would deploy, if this all came to a head. Thanks for laying it out for those of us who don't have the experience or knowledge to guesstimate accurately.
2 months, 1 week ago on How Would Our SOF Perform in North Korea?
@Txazz @ArcticWarrior @JHR @Motojunky27 yea, had an idea about where that one was going with the mention of cartels... a first for me (never went out of my way to look for this stuff) but it's the world we live in, and it doesn't pay to keep your head in the sand...
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Syria and Chemical Weapons
... a dire crisis indeed...
3 months ago on Syria and Chemical Weapons
@ArcticWarrior I hope that's a rhetorical question, because in all honesty I couldn't say. I try to keep up on at least all the broad strokes of our foreign policy decisions, but I know very little about OEF-P and the going-ons of that area (besides the occasional posts on SOFREP of course).
But I would gladly hear your opinion to become more enlightened on the matter.
@ArcticWarrior I have to say, though I am in awe of such a descriptive analogy, I have become somewhat lost on the relation between transnational global networks and... headcheese. I'm also now feeling somewhat nauseous as well...
I am honestly having trouble deducing the long term goals of our current foreign "policy". It seems that the current administration's goal is to destabilize the Middle East. Ok, theoretically, I get it. The more unstable the area, the less likely nations in said area will have the ability to oppose US interests. The destabilization of Syria leaves Iran all alone with no allies to turn to to withstand pressure from the West. But in reality? All we have seen from these destabilization efforts (Egypt, Lybia, now Syria) is the destruction of stable, secular countries who we have at one point or another supported (even potentially called "friend").
What does this really gain us? Other countries look to our ousting of Mubarak as a betrayal, thus decreasing the likelihood of willful cooperation with the US in the future; and in the wake of their destruction, conservative and radical movements take hold. And to the best of my recollection nation states have not been the target of the "GWOT". With our current interventionism all we are doing is empowering those who have been a thorn in US national interests/security for the past decade. We engender more hatred through our intervention and perceived double standards. And now we are actively supporting the opposition who will only take our support as long as it fits their needs and objectives, leaving us with another OBL type situation to deal with down the road.
I honestly can't pinpoint the purpose of our actions for long term success. Than again, politicians rarely seem to think in the long term so maybe my assumptions that someone else is thinking that was are naive. And don't get me wrong, I and not an isolationist by any means, but this constant interventionism and (perceived?) hypocrisy is causing blow back, and it seems like with current foreign policy we are only repeating our mistakes. If we are going to have such an interventionist policy, we should at least be overt about our short and long term policy objects. And if we are going to try to influence policy in a covert manner, our actions should be clandestine, not these hush-hush open secrets that earn us the label of meddlesome big brother and/or hypocritical a**hole (thus creating more blow back in the future).
I would love to hear all of your opinions on the matter. And please don't take this as some unpatriotic rant. It just seems to me that US destabilization efforts are doing the exact opposite; creating a region of the world united in its radicalism and creating an even more dangerous enemy of the future to contend with. And a Middle East vs. West scenario sounds much more dangerous and threatening than a few errant nation states that disagree with current US globalism/policy.
We have a big stick, but we no longer walk quietly; and a carrot is much more conducive to long term peaceful & bountiful relations than the stick.
I hope that doesn't put me on the no fly list or ruin my chances for a security clearance, haha
Great story man, glad you made it back in one piece!
3 months ago on No Kidding There I Was… Insurgent Roadblock, Baghdad 2006
Haha, I loved hearing these stories! Thanks for the share.
3 months ago on No Kidding There I Was… Hallucinating on Patrol Phase
Thank you for your service. Best wishes to the friends and family of the fallen. RIP
3 months ago on Wardak: ANSF Turn on SOF?
Awesome post! Been dying to know more (or even see) something about these guys!
3 months ago on Rare 75th RRC (RRD) Recruiting Material!
Thank You for your service, RIP.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Our Fallen Heroes: Jason Dahlke
awesome, I have always been curious about these guys
4 months, 1 week ago on FBIs Hostage Rescue Team Marks 30th Anniversary
RIP Mr. Kyle, your sacrifice and service will not be forgotten.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Chris Kyle, Another Brother Lost
Awesome, can't wait to get a glimpse into the lives of PJs and CSAR
4 months, 4 weeks ago on National Geographic’s “Inside Combat Rescue”… coming soon!
@Jaycel Adkins @Christian About to sign up for a challenge and order a GR2. Can't wait!
5 months, 1 week ago on Red Teams Support SOF in War on Terrorism – Part 1