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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.

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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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