Did they?

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  1. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/01/15/yes_marcus_they_did_die_in_vain

    What do you think?
     
  2. NorwichDad

    NorwichDad Member

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    I think his guys died for the freedom of any expert or idiot for that matter to say anything they want. We(Americans) can say stupid things like this or how Crabtree is a bad receiver and not go to jail, not go to a Gulog, not go to a prison camp and not be hung from the nearest tree.

    The ANA Afghan National Army now is doing a lot of the dying like we have done and continue to do. They are capable, brave, resourceful and good people. Maybe we should not write off these people so quickly. Maybe it is too soon for that. Maybe what we did there was a good thing. Time will tell.
     
  3. BigBear

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    While I mostly agree with you, the common counter-argument would be that actions in Afghanistan really have not impacted individual freedoms in the U.S. Afghanistan/Taliban/Al-Qaeda did not really pose much of a threat to your freedom of speech.

    Flip side, you could argue that they do, albeit indirectly, based on government expansion of "spying" on U.S citizens. I don't know :confused:
     
  4. Strength and Honor

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    This all seems like stuff for politicians to worry about. I've never fought in Afghanistan, but I would bet the average US soldier or Marine deployed there doesn't think of the big picture (freeing Afghanistan from the Taliban, indirectly protecting our freedoms) when they go out on patrol. They only want to stay alive and help their fellow soldiers stay alive, and eventually go home. That's probably what the SEALs wanted during Op Red wings, and that's what they died for.
     
  5. tug_boat

    tug_boat Member

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    Interesting....

    I feel they died and all others before them and those who are preparing to be leaders in the academies for one simple reason....

    Giving all of us the ability to print our opinion no matter how ridiculous to how profound!

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  6. NorwichDad

    NorwichDad Member

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    Very true. An old Marine told me things are always more local when the stuff hits the fan!
     
  7. NorwichDad

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    Good point Tug!
     

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