My opinion article on General Mattis: “Conventional forces will assume more special operations force roles in 2018.”

Before you read my opinion, I suggest any reader (that is you) examine the articles I am giving my opinion, because you will know I am not trying to mischaracterize something which is an unfortunate reality of our “journalist,” of which I believe there are very few left.

I also am not trying to change anyone’s opinion by forcing my own or claiming it to be correct. I have experience in the military and have studied it for several years now, but this is still just my personal opinion. I probably will change my opinion in the future as I continue my educational journey.

Let’s start with the article I am referring to. I use this first, which I would rather not it being an article written by a journalist who I must always question, what is it that this writer wants me to think? Most people are told how to think and they accept it. Believing you are able to think freely and ask tough questions, and doing it are two vastly different arenas.

There were about 8,000 special operators deployed to about 80 countries in 2017, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress earlier this year.

I cannot fathom why any nation, regardless of status, would have 8,000 Special Forces military personnel in countries around the world. I also cannot fathom why we have elite forces in 80 countries.

This is not counter-terrorism, no one in the American public was asked if they desired the war to start, continue, and end. I believe it would be easy to find many in the public that have no idea what it is like to live during a war. As much as I believe that many people would have to think about who it is we are at war with.

Continuing the questions, if a child was born in 1998, they would have no idea what September 11, 2001, means. They did not live through it, just like I did not live through the Vietnam War. We have had those children grow up, join the military, be deployed and die in combat in the only war they have ever known. Never able to experience the childhoods we had, at least until I was 14, I knew nothing about the experiences of growing up and living during the Cold War.

I know about the Iraqi War and the Afghanistan War, together combining like superheroes into the War on Terror. I know because I was a teenager at this time. Barely had started high school a few days ago. I did not watch the news, so I did not know what happened that day until my second class. I heard other students talking about aircraft hitting buildings. I thought they were talking about a new and apparently popular movie.

At that time we were forced go to Blockbusters to pick up a movie or game rental. Before Netflix or Gamefly, hell we did not have the Internet.

Me complaining like an old person

To explain:

I was given the only war I have ever known. 

The 24-hour news broadcasts

ensured all of American remembered,

what happened that day.

It was replayed over and over,

time and time again.

As the fear seeped in,

our tolerances began to bend.

The aircraft terrorized our minds,

as they smashed into the towers,

over and over.

Again and again.

The smoke,

the flames.

The jumper.

Did I just break out a random poem? Yes, that is the kind of thing I do.

Returning to the topic of the article. It is easy to be aloof of the gravity of the situation. Who can possibly conceive of what 8,000 people means? 80 countries? I can barely make out some of the boundaries of the United States, let alone 80 countries. I have been to a few of them, spent enough time to form an opinion of three. I have written Afghanistan off the list because there are just too many variables.

Why are we accepting of this as a country?

Does anyone know?

We should not be the “world police.” In a (never going to happen) perfect-ish world, there would be a united effort to protect civilians and nations from invasion, destruction, or genocide.

Shortly after World War II, the United Nations was formed to stop

So I looked up the Charter of the United Nations, the founding principles for the implementation of the assistance to the good values of the world. Here is the Charter as found on the UN website (Link here).

Article 1

The Purposes of the United Nations are:

  1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
  2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
  3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
  4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

Article 2

The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.

  1. The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
  2. All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.
  3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
  4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
  5. All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action.
  6. The Organization shall ensure that states which are not Members of the United Nations act in accordance with these Principles so far as may be necessary for the maintenance of international peace and security.
  7. Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter Vll.

Everything in Article 1 sounds great. A common goal of peace, or a more peaceful world. I would imagine it as a world that had universal access to clean water. The freedom to practice their religion or cultural preferences as long as no harm comes to anyone not wishing to participate. A world where imprisoning the journalist who spoke out against their government. A world that does not stand around idly while mass killings or genocides were occurring. When forced famine would kill millions. Disease and exploitation.

Then I started to wonder what the number of people killed in these events was. So I Interneted some stats and I started adding up events. And I eventually gave up once I had reached 111 million people. I do not know what a 111 million is. No one can. It is unfathomable. Who knows what the numbers we do not know add into that.

That is 111 million people, since World War II. After the United Nations was formed.

So why do we have 8,000 special forces, not to mention the countless military personnel and defense contractors, in… I had to go find the answer as to the number of military personnel who are deployed to how many places? I found this great quote from an article in The Nation titled The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History written by David Vine.

While there are no freestanding foreign bases permanently located in the United States, there are now around 800 US bases in foreign countries. Seventy years after World War II and 62 years after the Korean War, there are still 174 US “base sites” in Germany, 113 in Japan, and 83 in South Korea, according to the Pentagon. Hundreds more dot the planet in around 80 countries, including Aruba and Australia, Bahrain and Bulgaria, Colombia, Kenya, and Qatar, among many other places. Although few Americans realize it, the United States likely has more bases in foreign lands than any other people, nation, or empire in history.

So we are “Team American.” Greatest in the land if you ask any red white and blue American. World Police. Doers of good. As long as you were not an original inhabitant of the Americas. We did not fare too well. A nation built on genocide. It was okay, ordained by the superiority of the white race and the need to spread from sea to shining sea.

Wars were sparked over a half-dead cow. Read about the Grattan Massacre.

It feels like of like we have one of those Empire things you read about in the books in history class. If you could read. And if you cared, which who is going to care about the Indian Wars when they are 10 and the biggest decision they are allowed to make is if they want to try to fake sick this morning to not go to school. Eight years later, they could be preparing for war. The act of taking human lives. Inside of our giant standing Army expanding our Imperial powers into countries all over the world.

But chant away. U-S-A! U-S-A!

Over this summer we watched the Confederate flag people. Who are only, “defending their heritage.” Which is that of being in a breakaway of the Union and forming a hostile nation and immediately attacking?

The Civil War was fought by the south for slavery. It was not for states right’s, which you give up when you no longer belong to the union of states.

It was not the “War of Northern aggression.” Again, the South created the hostile foreign nation. Nevermind the whole negotiation thing. No, 750,000 humans had to die in their own country over one government wanting to own humans as human labor and imprisoned against their will. (New studies have increased the casualty count to as high as 850,000). Nevermind also the whole slave trade and a large percent of those forced into the slave trade would not survive the ocean voyage.

What do 750,000 dead soldiers equal to in other wars?

WWII: 405,399

WWI: 116,516

Vietnam 58,209

Korea: 36,516

Revolutionary War: 25,000

War of 1812: 20,000

These numbers still do not come close to the death toll of the Civil War. We can place these major battles and still not achieve the senseless bloodshed. Not even taking into consideration civilian casualties.

All fought in the name of human bondage.

But, back to the point. So they defend their “heritage,” of being treasonous. Yet, I wonder if they have “heritage,” of service in World War II. Fighting Nazi’s and shit. Now, we did not go and fight the Nazi’s to save the Jewish from the genocide, no we sat around idle for that one. But we ended up fighting them. So you have one line of hatred and racism fighting against hatred and racism.

And now we have Nazi bigots sporting tiki torches.

But what of Frankenstein’s monster?

We see, over and over, despite what we want to tell ourselves about how advanced we are. Humans are nothing but savage animals who can be convinced into killing over nothing.

I have left a lot of questions unasked and unanswered. I feel this topic will be more than one post, so for the time, I will end it.