Yep. We ain't the good guys anymore. I've been reading Kill Anything That Moves. Heartbreaking!
There was never a good reason to invade Iraq or Afghanistan. I would imagine our soldiers will suffer more from those wars than the Vietnam vets have.
ba<x>sed on what?
Well, that would assume belief in all the above stated. And I don't buy conspiracy theories for JFK, 9/11 or much else. Yes, our government is neither innocent nor blameless, but then neither is any other so I don't think we've earned any special monikers.
You leave out the CIA/JFK conspiracy and the 9/11 conspiracy theories you previously mentioned. Vietnam was a war (semantics aside); we're naïve to assume there are rules of any kind associated with such atrocity. If you want to look into dangerous governments, look at some African countries, look at any dictatorship; the US isn't special.
I am well aware there are man-made rules to war. What I meant is that we're naiive to assume we can engage in such atrocity with anything like civilized structure. I am a great believer in the harshest punishment of the truly cruel, but there's a certain psychological aspect that needs to be examined to. Be a monster, but not an untamed monster? Kill these people but not those people? Carry out these orders but refrain from following through if it means doing something worse than simple killing? Vietnam was a foreign, unfamiliar place with were no cut and dry rules at ground zero. Who was the enemy? The uniformed guy carrying a rifle or the child boarding a helicopter with a bomb strapped to her? I believe in following the rules of war at all levels, but it's more a wish than an expectation that they'll be truly followed. We just got over a president who did everything he could to skirt the Geneva Convention rules in order to detain and torture prisoners. What expectation can we have for 18-year old men dropped in hostile territory with no map, literally or figuratively?
Well, I can't argue with that.
Vile Empire..?<br />
Veil Empire..?<br />
Live Empire..?<br />
no just the motto from " land of the free" to "home of the slaves"
'America' is the name of two continents, not of any empire
I would say yes.
I was thinking the Salvation Army
What America has always been Empire! might of well enjoy life while the Empire last.
I'd love that. I always like the villain.
No, I kind of believe all empires are evil, America being no exception to this. Anyway, this empire will collapse soon enough.
I think Abyssal Plain would be better.
LOL All empires on this earth are evil... That's why they become Empires... they out evil the opposition..
I pledge allegiance to the flag of The Evil Empire......hmmm, yah, its kind of catchy