American Sniper Thoughts

Are you tired of soft balls?  Or maybe that it is winter and….SNOWING!

I am weary of all the conversation about movies….they are NOT that important other than as a time killing device.

The endless hours of pundits going on and on about this movie or that………their opinions are noted but other than that they are worthless and a bit boring…….like a brain worm eating its way around your grey matter……

All this concern over a movie……first it was “Selma” and some pundits were upset at the way LBJ was portrayed…..why?  Have you ever heard of literary license?  A movie is entertainment.  It is NOT an accurate depiction of history by any stretch of the imagination.

Now the big deal is over American Sniper….again the question…..Why?  And again…it is a MOVIE you morons!  It is entertainment…..not a accurate depiction of history.

We Americans love our wars……we need some strapping hero that we must pull for……American Sniper is just such a movie.

For some reason snipers are the new Kung Fu artist that we so loved back in the 70’s or some boxer in the 80’s or some cop that takes on terrorists in the 90’s……..

We see those famous shirts with the slogan….”One Shot, One Kill”…….youngsters dream of being that person with the power of life or death in their hands.  Why?

What you seldom hear is what happens as a sniper……

You are looking in a person’s eyes when you pull the trigger and watch their head explode in a cloud of red.  There is NOTHING glamorous or romantic about it….take my word for it.

Or that a sniper could spend hours even days lying in his own urine and/or feces….that’s right…..when on mission you cannot get up and go find a near by tree to relieve yourself.

There is NOTHING glamorous or cool about being a sniper.

Keep in mind these are MOVIES…..and seldom are an accurate depiction of the life of a sniper……again…it is meant to be entertainment and for the life of me I cannot find any entertainment quality in being a sniper…….and if one believes American Sniper is cool and worthy of emulation then they are a psychopath and in need of professional help.

Speaking of psychopaths……..

Psychopaths just don’t grasp punishment the way normal people do. So say researchers who used MRI scans to analyze the brains of 12 violent psychopathic criminals, 20 violent criminals who are not psychopaths, and 18 healthy controls who are not criminals. It turns out that the psychopath cohort had a much harder time changing their behaviors and choices when playing an image matching game, as well as adapting when the rules of the game changed, reports Time. Abnormalities were seen in brain regions that process things like moral reasoning, guilt, and embarrassment. This may explain why previous research has shown that rehabilitation using negative reinforcement like punishment rarely works on psychopaths.

“Psychopathic offenders are different from regular criminals in many ways,” one researcher tells LiveScience. “Regular criminals are hyper-responsive to threat, quick-tempered, and aggressive, while psychopaths have a very low response to threats, are cold, and their aggressive behavior is premeditated.” On the plus side, researchers hope that earlier behavioral interventions in young kids could potentially change actual brain structure and function, though not much is yet understood about how one’s genes and upbringing contribute to the making of cold-blooded, psychopathic killers. (Psychopaths also seem to have a terrible sense of smell.)

Could help explain what makes a good sniper…….

This will dis-please all those wannabes that look upon the duties of a sniper as somehow noble……NOTHING noble about the killing of another human…..a necessity possibly…..but noble…..NO WAY!

PTSD: Silent Killer

I know most Americans have heard of the disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)……I have even heard some people accuse soldier of faking such problems as cowards or worse……WW1 had “shell shocked”….WW2 had “combat fatigue….Vietnam forward it has been PTSD or some variation.

PTSD manifest itself in many forms…depression, flashbacks, nerves, suicide etc…..no matter what it causes in the individual its leading cause is….WAR!

There is historic evidence that PTSD is not a modern disease made up to gather in grant money……….

It’s not uncommon for modern-day soldiers to return from Iraq suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But now it turns out that soldiers who fought there 3,000 years ago did the same, say UK researchers. They’ve found texts dating back to 1300BC in which warriors in ancient Mesopotamia describe symptoms that sound very much like PTSD, reports the Telegraph. The earliest previous account of PTSD-like symptoms came from the Greek historian Herodotus in 490BC, which would make this the first description of the problem, says one of the lead researchers from Anglia Ruskin University.

“They described hearing and seeing ghosts talking to them, who would be the ghosts of people they’d killed in battle—and that’s exactly the experience of modern-day soldiers who’ve been involved in close hand-to-hand combat,” professor Jamie Hacker Hughes tells the BBC. In that era, men were expected to fight every third year, and they were more likely to die of injuries sustained in battle given the lack of medical know-how, he adds. “The risk of death and the witnessing of the death of fellow soldiers appears to have been a major source of psychological trauma.” (One report suggests that only about half of US vets suffering from PTSD are getting the proper treatment.)

PTSD is a SILENT KILLER and should be a top priority for the military to confront and help treat this affliction……

To anyone that thinks this is some how a made of problem……then I suggest that they get off their ass, grab a gun and go face the trials of WAR……OR SHUT THE HELL UP!

The Rescue: What Happened?

There is No doubt in my mind that we have some of the best most experienced special forces troops in the world…we have the “Hollywood” Seals and the not so known Delta Force which was originally formed for hostage rescue and fighting terrorists…….so my question is a valid one…..why?  Because we always hear about the successes and the failures are under reported to save face…..

What happened in the rescue attempt of the Jordanian pilot captured in Syria?

According to multiple reports from different media outlets, US ground troops failed in at least one and by some accounts two attempted rescues of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who last week was shot down over Syria and captured by ISIS.

US Special Forces were said to have been sent on two bids to rescue Kasaesbeh, who was believed to be held on the outskirts of Raqqa, the de facto ISIS capital.

Okay the story is that helicopters came under heavy fire in the attempt and it had to be abandoned…

To me the failed attempt had more to do with shoddy intel more than heavy fire.

With adequate intel the rescue attempt could have been modified to circumvent or destroy the positions that were the problem.

Once again the US comes up short because of little to NO go firsat hand intel from people on the ground.

I have said many times that it is time to re-evaluate the mission and the procedures employed by the agency.

Any thoughts?

Afghanistan: And The Beat Goes On

2014 the supposed end of the US involvement in Afghanistan…..well that was the plan as with all plans the Pentagon makes it does not seem to work out……about a month ago it was released that the US troops would keep a sizable force in the country until further notice……

It seems that the US as well as the Afghan government is not comfortable holding on to control of the country without the might of the US troops……situations of conflict against the Taleban are on the rise…….

Following the departure of most US forces from Afghanistan, clashes between its security forces and the Taliban have been renewed, with brutal fighting returning to areas that had been comparatively quiet, the New York Times reports. From June to November, some 1,300 members of Afghan security forces were killed in Helmand province alone, and a local hospital remained nearly full even after the customary fighting season ended. Many civilians have also been treated at the hospital, including 940 women and children through October. “This year is much worse than previous years,” says a medical official. Indeed, over the course of the year, the country has seen some 5,000 security-force deaths, a record, the Times reports.

Civilian deaths have also hit a record high, and total civilian casualties are poised to pass 10,000 for the year, Reuters reports. The UN says three-quarters of the 3,188 civilians killed through November were killed by insurgents, a figure the Taliban calls “biased and unfounded,” Reuters notes. Meanwhile, the country has seen increased corruption and declines in government services since the US departed. “Our own commanders sell our bullets to the Taliban instead of giving them to us, and then they buy a nice house in Lashkar Gah and stay there, leaving the little guys out there to do the fighting,” says a wounded police officer. But the Afghan forces are still “holding on,” the Times notes, and an Afghan official says 151 Taliban members have been killed in 12 days of fighting near the Pakistani border, the AP reports.

The prognosis SUCKS!

Yet another country that we will NEVER find a good way to depart and leave the country in the hands of its own population.

Another endless war with endless deployments…..at every turn US troops will be in danger…..more problems for the veterans that already have a problem getting the help they need.

And NO one noticed!

Why is the US administration pushing for a ground intervention in Iraq? | Al Akhbar English

This is an opinion piece coming out of the Middle East…….

With all the denial coming out of DC…..what is it that makes the people of the Middle East think the US is planning another intervention?

This piece is interesting in it says a lot of what us “radicals” have been saying for months……

Read and let me know what you think……

 

Why is the US administration pushing for a ground intervention in Iraq? | Al Akhbar English.