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(14 News Evansville)   Former history teacher starts writing letters to a student who joined the Army. 48 years later he still writes to those fighting for our country   (14news.com) divider line 19
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2013-04-15 04:39:09 AM
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2013-04-15 04:43:57 AM
What does FFOC really mean? The Vietnam fiasco...what was that? Defending our country from an alien invasion? Iraq? Afghanistan? About the only two real examples I can think of as truly FFOC are WWII and the Revolutionary War. Everything else is just shady, underhanded, duplicitous political machination.

Until the Psychlos invade I - for one - am sick of this tripe.
 
2013-04-15 04:51:43 AM
Yep. Came here to say the same thing. Enough of this "fighting for our country" bullshiat. We get involved in a tiny new overseas war once or twice every presidential administration, it's great for votes, and it has nothing at all to do with defense.
 
2013-04-15 04:55:47 AM
America is a corrupt, tyrannical empire that needs to be removed like a tumor.

This is why I support Obama. He is the chemo against the cancer that is killing the world.
 
2013-04-15 05:07:14 AM
He's spent the past 48 years writing to one kid who joined the Army?  Who spends 48 years in the Army?
 
2013-04-15 05:13:53 AM

super_grass: America is a corrupt, tyrannical empire that needs to be removed like a tumor.

This is why I support Obama. He is the chemo against the cancer that is killing the world.


WTF?
 
2013-04-15 05:17:16 AM
ah....fark. you never fail to disappoint. You always always always go after the low hanging fruit.

The only way this thread could have been more predictable is if submitter had used the hero tag.
 
2013-04-15 05:21:50 AM

HotWingAgenda: He's spent the past 48 years writing to one kid who joined the Army?  Who spends 48 years in the Army?


The same kid that took 7 years to graduate high school I guess.
 
2013-04-15 05:30:46 AM
Hi Army man
Pls send me picture of yr peanus
Thnx
Paul
 
2013-04-15 05:37:33 AM

log_jammin: ah....fark. you never fail to disappoint. You always always always go after the low hanging fruit.


You forgot to say you don't agree with them, but them having freedom of speech is what makes America great, and is what those soldiers are fighting to protect.

/always remember your conditioning
 
2013-04-15 05:47:07 AM

J. Frank Parnell: You forgot to say


no I didn't.
 
2013-04-15 06:12:28 AM
Irony alert: a wonder what a former history teacher would make of the assertion that any war since the end of WWII remotely involved "fighting for our country"?

One of the things I like most about Fark is that's one of very few places somebody can actually dispute the typical American kneejerk deference and borderline worship of the armed services without being shouted down or labeled a traitor. All that "if you love freedom, thank a soldier" BS is everywhere I look. "For the troops" is right up there with "for the children" in the list of invidious lies politicians use to screw us over.

So yeah, it's nice that he wrote to his former student. It's a bit creepy that he's still writing to complete strangers.
 
2013-04-15 06:21:51 AM

Maus III: What does FFOC really mean? The Vietnam fiasco...what was that? Defending our country from an alien invasion? Iraq? Afghanistan? About the only two real examples I can think of as truly FFOC are WWII and the Revolutionary War. Everything else is just shady, underhanded, duplicitous political machination.

Until the Psychlos invade I - for one - am sick of this tripe.


And don't forget Korea, a.k.a. "the continuation of WWII by other means". That one always reminds me of how, at the end of WWI, the Allied Powers tried to immediately start over and launch a war against newly-Communist Russia. The only things that prevented that growing into another extended campaign were widespread mutinies among the troops and lack of public support for more death and destruction.

/FWIW you could argue that the Civil War could be considered "fighting for our country"...
 
2013-04-15 07:34:56 AM

czetie: One of the things I like most about Fark is that's one of very few places somebody can actually dispute the typical American kneejerk deference and borderline worship of the armed services without being shouted down or labeled a traitor. All that "if you love freedom, thank a soldier" BS is everywhere I look. "For the troops" is right up there with "for the children" in the list of invidious lies politicians use to screw us over.


We owe our existence to soldiers like we owe our neighborhoods to the police -- or how a car relies on a failsafes.  They don't represent society itself; they represent the prevention of its destruction.  Elimination of the worst-case scenario.  They're intended for emergencies, so if the cops are at your neighbor's door every weekend, or your car's in the shop all the time, you gotta start wondering if people aren't doing their jobs, or if their jobs aren't what they're advertised to be.

We're involved in a foreign war every decade and the DoD eats up, what, 20% of our federal spending?  Either someone's doing a REALLY crappy job at foreign policy, or the U.S. military is not and never was intended to be used to protect U.S. citizens from foreign threats.
 
2013-04-15 07:47:03 AM

HotWingAgenda: He's spent the past 48 years writing to one kid who joined the Army?  Who spends 48 years in the Army?


And he started writing after his retirement and is still going strong after 48 years?
 
2013-04-15 08:21:03 AM
My grandfather was a high school principal during WW II, my mother has his correspondence with some of those 18 yr. old kids sent off to Europe in the early 1940's.  They are remarkable reading; the decline in average 18 yr. old's use of the English language will make you weep for today's generation.
 
2013-04-15 09:58:26 AM
I don't see anything wrong with writing to service members doing a shiatty job where people shoot at you.

Maybe his motivations, but not the idea.
 
2013-04-15 10:14:03 AM

dragonchild: We owe our existence to soldiers like we owe our neighborhoods to the police -- or how a car relies on a failsafes.


I was ready to get all mad and up in your face about this sentence, then I took the time to read your whole post...

They don't represent society itself; they represent the prevention of its destruction. Elimination of the worst-case scenario. They're intended for emergencies, so if the cops are at your neighbor's door every weekend, or your car's in the shop all the time, you gotta start wondering if people aren't doing their jobs, or if their jobs aren't what they're advertised to be.

We're involved in a foreign war every decade and the DoD eats up, what, 20% of our federal spending? Either someone's doing a REALLY crappy job at foreign policy, or the U.S. military is not and never was intended to be used to protect U.S. citizens from foreign threats.


...all of which I agree with. In fact, if you'd started your first sentence with the words "In principle", I'd agree 100%. To stretch your analogy, it's as if we all drove around in Humvees and Denalis and Escalades, getting six miles to the gallon, and had bumper stickers saying "If you value your safety, thank GM" because without those huge, expensive cars, we'd all be dead in traffic accidents.

The other thing is, the large majority of servicemen and servicewomen are not doing a shiatty job in a shiatty place with people shooting at them. They are mechanics on an air force base in California, or office clerks in DC, or cooks at a fort in Texas, or just maybe deployed to a base in Germany or Japan or the UK. The few soldiers who actually see action deserve respect for their courage -- not least because they don't get to choose the battles they are sent to fight -- but the rest are just doing a job.
 
2013-04-15 10:21:39 AM
History teacher needs to learn the history of the Rothschild's
 
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