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"What It Is Like to Go to War", by Karl Marlantes--My Response

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Preemptive strikes also put the nation's warriors into an untenable moral position. It's all well and good for the president to get tough and say we're going to bomb some country because he thinks it is fixing to bomb us.

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Bush didn't do this because he thought Saddam was fixing to bomb us.   He did it because he ignored the facts and advice of inspectors and ASSERTED Saddam was planning to strike us and had the power to do so.   It was a lie, Karl.

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He, however, doesn't do the killing. Some pilot has to pickle the load on some human being, and if that human being's government never intended to strike the United States, then the pilot kills an innocent person.  

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Damned straight!

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A warrior cannot commit to combat tentatively.  

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The warrior does not make these decisions.  

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Flawed as our response to Pearl Harbor was by racism and ignorance, it was not flawed by doubt about Japan's intentions. Our guys went to war with everything they had. Imagine the Roosevelt administration telling Patton he couldn't pursue the German Army south of the Loire for fear of upsetting the Vichy government.

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This is irrelevant to Iraq.

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I am a retired physicist and hold a B.S. in Ch. E. as well. I have been an environmental activist since the early 1970s. I have been a writer of opinion pieces and other essays since about 1995 and am a published author of history. I have (more...)
 

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