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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 21, 2013 - 09:36am PT
I was talking to a semi-young Special Forces buddy yesterday, who was going back to Afghanistan for his FIFTH tour.

I asked him how many Taliban had been killed in the last 11 years.

He simply answered, "Not enough."

I even forgot what it was like to be around this guy.


G'damn, this sh#t never ends.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 21, 2013 - 09:48am PT
And for all the people that love to talk sh#t about California, this state has sacrificed more sons and daughters in Afghanistan than any other.
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/national/fallen/maps/states/

And for all those that like to talk sh#t about immigrants, just check out the number of Hispanic and non-anglo names in the above link.

Then remember that Memorial Day is coming up.

Sorry, I'm not pointing to anyone in particular.
Sredni Vashtar

Social climber
The coastal redwoods
Mar 21, 2013 - 09:55am PT
Its a shame that the US thinks the rest of the world needs saving.

A family friend is a trauma specialist medic, as his skills are in high demand he is always there, poor bstd
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:00am PT
There's an Italian saying:

"Those that don't know talk. Those that do know don't talk."
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:01am PT
Ummm correct me if im wrong,, but the USA has saved the world in the past.
And in fact, it is the USA that comes to the rescue again and again- from Storm ravaged islands to countries that were falling under the rule of Hitler. What goes on now is ALL the politicians faults dem and repub alike.

ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:03am PT
Some talking head on CNN the other day said that more US soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan have died from suicide than killed over there in combat. I don't know if that is true, but it is sure sad and speaks volumes about how we treat our veterans.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:16am PT
Sad but true Ydpl8s

About 3,840,000 results on one Google search.


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Mar 2, 2013 ... During 2001, nine out of every 100,000 active-duty soldiers killed themselves, ... Compare that sobering trend to conflicts and peacetimes past. ... Between 1975 and 1986, the Army's annual suicide rate averaged 13 deaths per ... according to Rudd and to veterans of recent and past U.S. combat actions.
[PDF] Deaths by Suicide While on Active Duty, Active and Reserve ... - US
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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:19am PT
Condolences to the families of the 7 Marines killed while engaged in mortar round training at Hawthorne last week...
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:27am PT
And Survival my nephew has pulled back from the brink for now.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 21, 2013 - 10:30am PT
That's great to hear Phil. I hope I said something helpful.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:34am PT
Yes you did and I thank you with my full heart.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:35am PT
The key word in this post is "reality." War is horrible, no one will deny that, but what is it in the human makeup that makes it so inevitable? Any cursory examination of history will lead one to the conclusion that war (in some shape or form) has always been with us and always will be a part of the human condition.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:40am PT
Plato: Only the dead have seen the end of wars.



In nature, we are simply the alpha predators of this planet.. Predators have ALWAYS fought for turf, food, mating and just for the fighting.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:46am PT
Suicide in the military is not a new thing. I think I was still in "Hell Week", walked in the shower and saw more blood than I realized was inside a human being. All over the walls, he was deeply troubled.

Funny thing, it was all the guys that enlisted rather than the draftees. We draftees knew we were f*#ked going in it wasn't a bolt of lightning.

One guy in my squad, shot himself in Ohio on leave, rather than come back.

Sredni Vashtar

Social climber
The coastal redwoods
Mar 21, 2013 - 11:30am PT
"Ummm correct me if im wrong"

my pleasure Ronald, the USA didn't fight to save anyone from Hitler (at least initially) otherwise you would have joined 3 years earlier. My granddad was 15 when he joined the army (he kept going back until they gave up keeping him out), now he fought to stop Hitler.

anyway, sincere salute to all those that serve, in any form or for any cause you stand among the most selfless and brave.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 21, 2013 - 11:38am PT
initially- schmizzaly. That war was won due to the USA involvment period. Both major theatres.
BrentA

Gym climber
Roca Rojo
Mar 21, 2013 - 11:39am PT
Anyone have an ETA on when the oil pipeline will be done over there?
Sredni Vashtar

Social climber
The coastal redwoods
Mar 21, 2013 - 11:43am PT
pipeline? to where?

I thought it was rare earth metals, all male bukkake and sand
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Mar 21, 2013 - 11:49am PT
initially- schmizzaly. That war was won due to the USA involvment period. Both major theatres.

Let me correct you, Ron. The Nazis were toast by the time we got involved in Europe. The Red Army beat the Germans, not us. Not that there wasn't incredibly bitter fighting in the west, but it was a done deal before D-Day.

We did beat the Japanese.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Mar 21, 2013 - 01:35pm PT


+ 1

Right you are Gary

Most Americans haven't even heard of the Battle that was the turning point of the entire war. Sad.

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