Peace Keeping Sucks
B-Cack and I have talked about this in the past and come up with same conclusion when it comes to troops performing peace missions, such as peace keeping and humanitarian aid. We both think it sucks. Maybe it’s because both he and I joined the Army to be killers, or we have an understanding of how the military mind works when it comes to the average GI. If given a choice between handing out MREs or killing terrorists, I think both he and I would choose the latter. I understand that all people don’t join the Army to become a steely eyed killer. Some people join up to become a paper pushing, wrench turning, support weenie. That’s fine by me, because they support the killers and make them more effective. I don’t think anyone joins up with dream of handing out bottled water and stacking sandbags to keep flood waters from taking over neighborhoods. The biggest misunderstanding I think most people have about the Army is that soldiers are here to defend the United States from all threats. The truth is that soldiers are here to fight wars and kill bad guys (Defend against all enemies both foreign and domestic.), not save cities from natural disasters.
Let me try to explain another way. Let’s compare a policeman with a soldier. A policeman is trained to work with civilians and shooting some one is usually a last resort. A soldier is trained to make sure they don’t shoot a civilian, but shooting enemies is goal number one. A soldier is trained to close with, engage, and kill the enemy. A policeman is trained to determine who the bad guy is and capture him alive if at all possible. This may seem like semantics to you, but there is a world of difference to the people performing a job. There is no hesitation from a soldier when they see some one with a weapon who is not wearing the US or other friendly country's uniform. A policeman does not have this luxury; they have to temper their reaction to make sure that an innocent isn’t killed by mistake. For a soldier, if you look like the enemy; BANG your dead.
Why is this important? Simply put, we do not want to change the role of our soldiers. We need them to be the efficient killing machines that they train to be. No hesitation. No remorse. Kill the bad guys and win the war. If we have our soldiers train up to be peace keepers and policemen, we are training them to fail in battle. If there is a need for federal employees to respond to emergencies and hand out blankets then we should start thinking about creating that job, but to use our trained killers to perform these tasks is a misappropriation of skill and firepower. Or as B-Cack bluntly put it,” Someone needs to let (people) know that a soldier's job is to close with and destroy the enemy using firepower, maneuver and shock effect........ not taking care of domestic issues."
Then again maybe I’m way off.