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Yes!  He's the classic grunt.  Grit you teeth, follow the orders, you want to change things, you'd better get yourself into a position where you can give orders, but never forget the grunts.

rg, I think you're onto something there.  Webb sees the world as an old soldier, a classic man of honor.  I think he would not hesitate for a moment to commit troops if he really believed the security of the United Stated depended on it.  He would throw himself on a grenade if that were the only way he could save his comrades.  But by the same logic, he would never, ever send our troops into harms way for mere political gain as Bush and Cheney have done, nor would he stand quietly by and allow that to happen.  I think he would fight them all if he had to to prevent such a thing.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Sun Jun 1st, 2008 at 02:37:34 AM EST
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that soldiers that have known combat (real combat) are always going to be those that are the least likely to support military action unless absolutely needed? They will be willing to support the threat of military action, and to recognise its necessity (both things which can already be seen as too aggressive, for sure), but have a higher thershhold to actually go for it.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 1st, 2008 at 05:55:38 AM EST
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I think that must depend on the soldier.  Black Ops are carried out by military personnel, the School of Americas, torture, assassination...I wondered what Webb's take on these kinds of things was/is.  From my very limited experience, I think the "good soldiers" follow the rules and are kept out of the "do what we have to do" loops--Abu Ghraib being an example--

"Special Forces"....

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Sun Jun 1st, 2008 at 07:00:03 AM EST
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