As Seen on Slashdot: III

In an interesting article on slashdot today, I found a couple of equally interesting responses:

Although I didn’t expect much from a military man.

That’s ok – he’ll still put his life on the line to protect your right to continue to whine.

thrillseeker (518224)

Cool.  Good answer to a bit of cynicism, I respect our military, and the people who serve in it. However, that doesn’t mean I must by neccessity respect all the decisions the military makes as a whole, or the decisions of all military personell.  To that point, the following answer was seen on the same slashdot comments page.
That’s ok – he’ll still put his life on the line to protect your right to continue to whine.

Yawn. This is the stock answer to any criticism of the military, and it’s crap. Yes, the military is important. Yes, military personnel take risks that most civilians don’t, and should be honored for their service. But this does not mean that civilians — you know, the people the military exists for — shouldn’t be able to criticize the military in general, and certainly doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t criticize individual military personnel when they retreat into bureaucratic doublespeak instead of giving a straight answer to a question. There’s a lot that’s right with the military. There’s also a lot that’s wrong. It is the right and duty of the people to call bullshit when they see it, WRT the military or any other part of the government.

There are countries where this isn’t the case, of course. I doubt you’d want to live in any of them.

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