NYT Essay Rips 'Cult of The Uniform'...Says Soldiers Aren't 'Heroes'
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    NYT Essay Rips 'Cult of The Uniform'...Says Soldiers Aren't 'Heroes'

    There are no word to describe how this irritates me.

    Read for yourself. NYT Essay Rips 'Cult of The Uniform'...Says Soldiers Aren't 'Heroes' - US Military - Fox Nation

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  3. I can't help but agree in the fact that the term "Heroes" is overused an awful lot these days. Is the cook sitting in Kabul a hero for slinging hash, he's still an enlisted man. No, he's a soldier who volunteered. A 'Hero' is an individual who does something selfless for his fellow man, or lifts up others. Slinging hash does not make one heroic. But by definition, because he volunteered for something makes him a hero. That does not compute.

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    He's anti American. The only reason he can spew this crap out of his mouth is thanks to those who fought/fight for his right to do so!

  5. Quick definition of Hero from our good friend Webster: plural he·roes



    Definition of HERO

    1
    a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
    b : an illustrious warrior
    c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
    d : one who shows great courage
    2
    a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
    b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
    3
    plural usually he·ros : submarine 2
    4
    : an object of extreme admiration and devotion : idol

  6. Too many words have been corrupted by misuse, by both the nefarious and the ignorant. Also, I too must agree that just serving does mot make one a hero. That in no way takes anything away from what these people do. They still get my respect and gratitude.

    Words are the medium through which we convey our thoughts. If we allow words' meanings to be corrupted through misuse we will corrupt our ability to understand one another. Further, words are what we use to define our thoughts to ourselves. Lack of understanding the language we use to think in leads to fuzzy thinking, at best.

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    Everyone who wears the uniform has pledged to defend this nation with their life if need be.

    Even the cook is a soldier (who can end up on the line real quick!) who is a part of the team.

    -Doc

  8. Does that make him a hero for doing his 'job' Doc?

  9. You said it much better than I could Hogan, I appreciate that.. Been a long day of yard work in the heat. I'm sure this is a touchy subject for some but I'm glad it's been written about.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by SigWeb View Post
    Is the cook sitting in Kabul a hero for slinging hash, he's still an enlisted man. No, he's a soldier who volunteered. A 'Hero' is an individual who does something selfless for his fellow man, or lifts up others. Slinging hash does not make one heroic. But by definition, because he volunteered for something makes him a hero. That does not compute.
    the key two words there are "in Kabul". They are fighting an asymetrical war. That cook in Kabul could get blown up in a bombing or shelled by an RPG just like a SEAL team could get hit. Granted the SEAL team is more at risk (a SEAL is also better prepared and equipped to deal with danger too); but I am reluctant to call any post in Afghanistan "safe". So yes, I have no problem at all saying that EVERYBODY wearing a U.S. military uniform in either the Iraq or Afghanistan theatres is a "HERO".

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    The army is a team. If the (cook, supply, medical, transportation, communications, engineering,...fill in the blanks) fails, the combat team's ability to fight vanishes.

    Laymen have no idea how many people have to do their jobs right to allow successful fighting to happen.

    Ask some of the cooks, supply, etc troops who fought in the Ardennes during WW2.

    How about the rear echelon types in Viet Nam about having to fight.

    Even a supply specialist won't be able to tell an enemy who drops by "...uh this is supply. You are looking for the infantry. They are a mile down the road..."

    Everyone sacrifices something by putting on the uniform. Everyone is part the effort.

    Some sacrifice more than others.

    As for reporters, for the most part they are elitist dirtbags. Treacherous, sociopathic slimeballs, who twist, or make up stories simply to promote their own agenda's.

    "I became reporter to help fix the world..." They should say "I became a reporter to report the news!"

    -Doc

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