What I really want to know, is that given the Yanks shout blue bloody murder about their right to bear arms, why do they make such piss poor soldiers?
I wasn’t aware that the Yanks made piss poor soldiers. Could you elaborate?[/quote]
Of course this is all off-topic and most certainly subjective, but sure, why not?
Perhaps my use of term was not so appropriate, but I have heard far worse from those with much more experience as I. I did hope that my qualifying statements in my earlier post might take some salt out of that wound.
I should add that I hold no dire judgement on the average American soldier, past or present. I do, however, hold much vehemence against the American Officer Class. This sentiment is no doubt judged by a reading of history, which goes without saying entails a study of primary sources from all parties involved. Yet stories only carry so much weight, unless validated by personal experience of one and one’s own.
But then what else can one say about a military that has long had far a greasy pole with far too many grades of Sergeant, and Generals.
Any disparaging comment about the U.S. military back in the day would involve a full bar brawl in any venue from Heidelberg to Honolulu. Most that I witnessesd in 8.5 years were caused by the overzealous with a definite Napoleon complex.
I suppose I could bleat on about the standard Col. Blimp stuff about always showing up to late, but that would be a limey or frog cop-out. I also suppose I could go into gory personal details from my family history, but that might stlll be a security risk.
Let’s just say that both at NATO HQ and in several operative theatre, I saw what many consider to be shameful officership on the part of certain Yanks. Even on exercise, there was much sloth and overexposure, and many a NATO unit felt grief and woe upon learning that they were on a line with some Yanks. I should say that if the U.S. Marines were allowed, we would have felt that much better.
Too bad logistics always screw them over rules of engagement.
There it is.
A soldier’s dictum.
And that, to my mind, is what makes a soldier. Being able to follow through if one’s firepower or logistics are diminished, without the interference of a gravy train seeking senior officer or sergeant.
For everyone knows that the backbone of any army are the Corporals and the Lieutenants that lead they way, and pay the price.
I was one of those, and goddamn if I have anything good to say about American support of missions in 1992-97.
Black hawk down; not surprising is it?
Get back to us when one American dead or dying equals one of theirs.
I should add, in closing, that I was glad when “Saving Private Ryan” came out. Many I know thought it was more Yank cheeseburger props, but it brought exposure to a damn near run, and hopefully opened up some learning of history by the guppies.
Hopefully said guppies shall mature unto history sharks and well understand that Omaha Beach was a drop in the bucket. Even Juno had more casualties that day, not to mention what ze Germans suffered everyday on the OstFront.
Don’t even get me started on Vietnam, where the Yanks went out of their way to ignore the advice of the French. As they so often do, often to the point of disparaging the French armed forces.
I suppose that is another bone of contention, but as a student of history I say: