"Through many decades and many wars, the US
military has been honing its training skills, learning to take a civilized
human being and turn him into a killing machine.
A traditional way of doing this was to
motivate the soldier to hate the enemy and want to kill
After World War II, this approach was shaken by the Army's
official World War II historian, Samuel Marshall, who in 1947 upset the entire
military establishment with a slim book called "Men Against Fire: The
Problem of Battle Command in Future War."
In this book, Marshall
claimed that in World War II, at best one in four combat soldiers ever fired
their weapon at the enemy, and in most combat units only about 15% of the
available firepower was ever used.
Recently, I was discussing the
Marshall book with two World War
II veteran friends.
The one who had not been in combat found the
report hard to believe, but the other, who had served in the infantry in
Europe, said, "I had a machine gun. I never fired the thing."
not?" the other asked. "If you fired it, they'd shoot back at you."
Many in the
military challenged Marshall's fmdings.
But military training
became focused on how to improve what Marshall had called the "ratio of fire."
Starting with the Vietnam War, the ratio of
fire has greatly increased through training techniques that involve simulated
combat - so that the soldier acts without thinking.
Soldiers today often will commit
acts that they regret and will be uncertain about why they did them.
In a documentary I saw recently, a
confused American soldier in Iraq said he was not sure why he had
intentionally run over a woman and killed
her; his only explanation was that he had been
trained to respond that way
in that situation." - Mark Kurlansky
Can a Marine take on the
mantle of benevolent overseer?
American soldiers are sent out to kill
But become the force of an occupying power.
there is no force monopoly, atrocities are inevitable.
It happened in
Vietnam War; it is
happening in Iraq.
The problem is exacerbated in an alien culture with
constantly on guard against ambush but not being able to respond as a trained
warrior with decisive force develops enormous pressures.
It does not take a
psychiatrist to deduce that men and women break.
We can not bully people into
warfare needs to move beyond the
facile imagery of goodness confronting evil in a fair contest with a good
Such rectitude exists
only on movie screens, not in the realworld.
America has over 1.4 million men and women in uniform.
are stationed in Germany.
40,000 troops are stationed in Japan.
160,000 troops are stationed in Iraq.
500,000 standing troops
to protect resources critical to
2006 Army bans
privately purchased body armor even though independent testing confirms that
the American militaries claim that out-of-the-loop competitors body armor is
not as good as governmnet issue was false, in fact the out-of-the-loop
competitors body armor is better!
Ryan Kelly, 25, is billed $2,231 by
the military after spending nearly half a year fighting and
losing a leg.
"It hits you
in the gut. Its like thanks for the service and
now you owe us." - Ryan Kelly
Over 200,000 veterans of the
Afghanistan and Iraq wars have been treated at Veterans Administration
Over 66,000 have been treated for
depression and substance abuse.
At some Veterans Administration medical facilities it can take
several months to be seen by a doctor for mental health issues.
Veterans Benefits Administration has a backlog of 400,000 pending claims
causing veterans to wait from 6 months to 2 years to receive benefits they are
entitled to by law.
It is likely the cost of providing benefits for the
returning Afghanistan and
Iraq war veterans will cost
between $300 billion to $600 billion.
Jay Platt developed Von
Hippel-Landau disease while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan.
The trigger for Jay Platt was solvents used to clean weapons.
Discharged with no medical benefits.
"You could be in the
military and be a six-pack-a-day smoker, and if you come down with emphysema,
'That's OK. We've got you covered,' but if you happen to have a disease where
there is an identified genetic contribution, you are screwed." - Kathy Hudson,
director of the Genetics and Public
Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University
"The war on
terrorism has provided
a convenient excuse
to stifle scientific discourse and
the release of
information on government operations. Those who stand to lose the most from
this policy are the service members it was ostensibly designed to protect." -
Maj. Remington Nevin
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