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Should we make military service compulsory?


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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2012 8:20:52 PM PST
freedom4all says:
Oh, maybe I am wrong which pitched battle did the US military lose against either the Viet Cong or the North Vietnam Regulars?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2012 8:24:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2012 8:25:43 PM PST
freedom4all says:
Shaun, and the vast majority of small engagements.
It is the prototype Guerrilla war; Make the enemy pay a price they cannot afford to pay to stay. They then leave.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 5:18:42 AM PST
W.T. Keeton says:
Actually, it was more a case of let them win, but lay low until they decide to leave, then take over in their absence.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 6:59:52 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2012 7:00:07 AM PST
Granny ;-D says:
Yep... that is what Al Queida & the Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas are doing.

These nutcases .. will NOT stop until we are dead or submit to their rule (meglomaniacs) or THEY are dead.

I prefer the latter thank you.

At least China wants to play nice (sort of ) on the world theater. (Treat their own people badly though)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 8:55:36 AM PST
Far Lefkas says:
>>>At least China wants to play nice (sort of ) on the world theater.<<<

This isn't the case @all, but it is the semi-logical, romantic, ideologically fine, la-la land conclusion every good American would come to after dismissing everything Islamic: there must be SOMEONE nice out there; oh yeah, Chinese.

When in fact China's incensed every country for the length & breadth of the Pac. Rim. Wait: is that a U.S. carrier group steaming into Cam Ranh Bay?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 8:57:34 AM PST
Cember says:
The major battle lost was the battle for troop morale. That was the battle that lost the war. A guerrilla war is not a matter of victories or defeats in pitched battles. It is, instead, the death of 1000 cuts. It is the daily winning of a few square meters of ground, and then withdrawing from that ground and then doing it again for the same few square meters next week, meanwhile trying to remain in one piece until next April, and picking up the bodies, and then doing it again next week, meanwhile trying to stay out of the bag until next April.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 9:17:58 AM PST
Yo says:
Another advantage of universal conscription: the politicians think twice before engaging in "wars of choice."

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 11:02:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2012 12:21:53 PM PST
Granny ;-D says:
I did say ... sort of.. You read that right? it is kind of ... not taking your eye off the opponent type play - don't trust.

They aren't stupid enough to really start anything like war ... yet.
They want $$ business

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 11:17:51 AM PST
S. Curtis says:
freedom4all says:
Conscription of any kind is slavery.

So is working to pay taxes that support others who do not. Mandatory service (of any kind) not only teaches self-reliance, but also boosts self-esteem. I don't see any problem with requiring two years of service to one's country. IMHO, ending that requirement was one of many causes of the problems with folks today. Self-reliance and self-esteem cannot be given ... only earned.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 11:52:50 AM PST
AxisBeefyBoy says:
"Mandatory service (of any kind) not only teaches self-reliance, but also boosts self-esteem."

So that's where Uncle Tom's cheery outlook came from!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 12:52:09 PM PST
Smallchief says:
It's probably true that the U.S. military lost no battles in Vietnam -- but that's irrelevant. We lost the war.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 6:22:39 PM PST
Far Lefkas says:
>>>the politicians think twice before engaging in "wars of choice."<<<

I'm less optimistic: as all we've had since WWII are wars of choice, I get the distinct impression politicians (to include the appointed ones) think twice about nothing. They think once about where their next positions of influence'll be.
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