Saturday, December 16, 2006

Private Ryan insults Military next.

Newsbusters has a story following the asinine statements of Matt Damon, who played Private Ryan in the movie "Saving Private Ryan". When you get to the end of the discussion, you are left with the obvious difference between acting in a movie, playing the part of a Soldier, and being a Soldier.

From Newsbusters:
I don't think that it's fair as I said before, that it seems
like we have a fighting class in our country that's comprised of people who have
to go for either financial reasons or, I don’t think that that is fair. And if
you're gonna send people to war, ahh, if, if we all get together and decide we
need to go to war then that needs to be shared by everybody. You know, and if
the President has daughters who are of age then maybe they should go,

It seems that Damon needs to go back and watch "Saving Private Ryan" to better understand the character of those in the military, and the integrity inherent in such folk. In fact, Damon need only look at the part that he played, and how he responded when the Tom Hanks character (Captain Miller) asked him what they should say to his mother when she's told that her fourth and only remaining son has been killed in the war:

You can tell her that when you found me, I was with the only brothers I had left. And that there was no way I was deserting them. I think she'd understand that.

I guess that Matt forgot the lines in the movie, or didn't understand that to the Military Service members, the ideals described in that movie line isn't just a cool line written by a script writer. They are literal truths to them. They understand the risks they are taking, and while no soldier wants to die, they understand the price that is paid if they don't stand and fight. They understand what the war on Terror in Iraq is about. How do we know this to be true today? The recruitment numbers of the various branches of service remain at or above quotas, which means they are getting the volunteers who wish to serve their nation.

Friends, from my own experience, I can tell you who joins the Military. There are four categories, and I will list them in order of precedence.

First we have the Patriots, those who wish to serve their country. A vast majority of the Military members fall into this category. Most of the service members are literally doing this work because they love their country, and feel that the sacrifices they make are worth it. The low pay, long hours, danger, and miserable conditions. Often the conditions are quite miserable, bad food, no sleep, cold and wet, hot and dry, hot and wet. Pretending to be a pack mule when carrying a rucksack larger than most of you will believe. The Military likes to train people to endure the physical hardships that life in the field requires. The reason is simple, and obvious. If you grow accustomed to those hardships, then when you face them in combat, for real, they are less of a distraction, or obstacle, to the mission, and your survival than they would be if un-endured in peace time training.

Secondly, we have the Military Families. Many members of the Armed Forces are second, third, fourth and so on generations of Military. Mom and or Dad was in, Grampa was in, perhaps even Grandma, and so it is something that they always expected to do, it's sort of like a Football coach's son signing up for Football as a child. Some pressure perhaps, but mostly, it's a family business.

Third, we have the Education Soldiers. They joined to get the College money, and after their first tour, have no intention of ever signing up again. These soldiers are far more infrequent than you may think. Usually there are two or three in a company, at least in the units I served in, which included one Garrison or post support company. Most troops sign up for the GI Bill, but not because that is why they joined, it's like taking out long term disability insurance. You don't plan on being disabled long term, but you admit it's a distinct possibility.

Finally, we have the didn't have anything else to do troops. These are even more infrequent than the Education soldiers. There is usually one or two troops in a company, who fall into this category, and are pretty obvious to the rest. They will do the minimum, because it is what they have to do. If they don't have to do it, don't look for them to take care of it. They usually don't demonstrate much intuitive, nor are they categorized as self starters. They are decent soldiers with adequate supervision. When they get out of the Army, they will behave much the same at any job they get.

These four groups are YOUR Army, and mine. Most of the men and women serving are Patriots, that is doubly true today. They love their nation, and realize what our Liberal friends don't that America may have some problems, but is hands down the best in comparison to the rest. You the taxpayer back up that belief, because when they are overseas, in Europe, Korea, South America, and the Middle East, they see what the rest of the world has to offer, and are quite happy with America in comparison. They take continuing education, college level courses and almost every one of them has a High School Diploma. Most have some College, some have College Degree's. They are most probably far smarter than the average Democratic voter.

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