Friday, January 31, 2014

Response to war benefiting the Economy yes or no?

War has one major benefit (other than fighting off terrorists or stopping a ruthless tyrant, 'merica) it can help stimulate the economy. With the government needing to prepare the military for war with gear and munitions jobs are created. Not only for the military but jobs that cover reservists for private sectors are created. Then with all of these employees that aren't worried about losing their jobs they spend extra money than they normally do, so then the retail part of the economy boosts, thus making even more jobs! Just from the government preparing for war.

The jobs that are created from war eventually do go away and people will get laid off, because we don't need supplies for war after the war is over, which means our economic boost is done, and we slow back down and the economy slowly goes into a recession again until we get another boost from war again. So war does benefit the economy, but when it's over it's not benefiting the economy anymore, it's just how it always is. It's a never ending cycle until we can figure out how to create more jobs (in a never ending phase until we have jobs for everyone) our economy will always be bad until we get a boost. There is also another way we could look at it as the Broken window fallacy, which explains that when we go to war, it does not benefit the economy, because the excess money that will be spent on war will not be spent. This link states, "war can be funded in a combination of three different ways: Increasing taxes, decrease spending in other areas, or increasing the debt." You can look at it both ways and decide how you feel about it.

In my opinion, war itself is inevitable, due to the human nature of being destructive and violent. There will always be a war no matter how you look at it. We could have world peace and have a war with a different planet (in some sort of sense that life on other planets could declare war with earth at any given time, because the possibility of that happening is slight, but it's still possible) so, basically in a never ending nutshell, at one point or another we will go to war and the fact is that jobs will be created and boost the economy just like it always does. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What are drones?

A drone also known as a UAV (unmanned air vehicle) is an aircraft that is controlled from a pilot from the ground or have a pre-installed mission. There are many different types of drones, but they mostly fall into two categories; the ones that are used for surveillance and reconnaissance, then there are the ones that are armed with bombs and missiles to attack certain locations.

The use of drones however has grown a lot in these past few years, because they can be used longer than a manned aircraft and they are also a lot cheaper to make than a regular aircraft. To add on to all of that, there is also no danger to the flight crew, well because they have none. Primarily these drones are mostly flying over Iraq and Afghanistan; however they are not necessarily always controlled from any locations in Iraq or Afghanistan. They can be controlled from places such as Nevada at Nellis and Creech USAF bases. It’s not just a one man team; they need a team of three. One ‘flies’ the drone, the second operates the screens and monitors, and the third keeps in contact with the troops on the ground.

The U.S. has two squadrons of armed drones; one is used by the Air Force and the other by the CIA. The CIA primarily uses their drones to assassinate terrorist leaders or other targets. The United States isn't the only country in the world to have drones, the UK also has drones, they have basically the same ones as the U.S. but their designs may be a little different from ours.

There has been some serious concern with the use of drones. Mostly pointed at the U.S. the UN (United Nations) would like to know how they justify killing valuable targets or terrorist leaders. The UN would also like to make how many civilians are killed by the drone strikes public; just to prevent any more casualties than that.
The drone manufacturers are also looking for civilian use as well. If the drones are used for civilian use, surveillance on civilians will be increased tenfold.  With technology increasing rapidly, drones could even possibly be used to recognize facial patterns, human behaviors, and even listen in on conversations.

As crazy as all of this sounds, in my opinion, I think that drones aren't worth our time. It may mean in military use that it’s a cheaper and safer alternative than using actual pilots, but they are a menace, because pilots of these drones will stop caring about the civilians, because they aren't experiencing the actual horrors of war and won’t be horrified to stop their actions. If you want to read more about it and watch the video on the drones you can do so here

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Surrender was not an option

Words can't really describe how I felt about reading "Surrender was not an option" By reading just the first paragraph I can relate to this guy, on how he wanted to be a Marine.

Jack Cunningham recalls what he remembers when he served in Vietnam. He tells of CAP (combined action program) basically what is known as a peace corps with rifles and how it was basically a suicide squad due to all of the CAP forces being wiped out. A little after he arrived at CAP training communist rockets slammed upon a village that was a little outside the compound where he had conducted his training. A couple of weeks after he had been assigned to a village he was taking up guard on a forty foot tower when an enemy sniper had opened fire upon him. He dared not fire back, because of the fear of hitting a civilian. A week later he was stationed in the village of Phu Da."My first night in the village an intelligence report said that over 200 communists were coming to wipe us out. There were about eight Marines, one Navy corpsman, and twenty Vietnamese Militiamen called popular forces (Pfs) to hold them off. A Marine, who was there a while, who started telling George Dros and I how scared he was. He really thought this was it; and even started talking about our deaths. (We were actually figuring out when our parents would get our bodies for burial.)" Said Cunningham. That night he and the others did not night, because for some odd and unexplainable reason the communists had left. A few nights later while they were out on patrol the enemy had ambushed them by throwing a couple of grenades; their Sergeant and three other PF militiamen were injured, quickly they had returned fire on them sending them fleeing back into the jungle. They would have chased after them farther, but the Sergeant was too injured and they didn't think he was going to make it.

Cunningham goes on more about the rest of his stay in Vietnam and it's a really great story you can read it at, I just didn't want to bore anyone by going any further.


How to prepare to be on the front lines

Preparing to be on the front lines is a difficult thing, but it's not impossible. An important thing you do need to have, is a lot of cardio, because if you are out numbered and you need to run 10 miles to get back to base or something like that, and if you don't have a lot of cardio, then you are basically screwed. Another important thing is to start working out, if you are cornered on the side of a cliff and you need to climb down the cliff, to the sides, and possibly even back up the cliff and you have no back muscles then you will most likely die. Be smart, don't do anything that will get you and your squad killed, always asses any situation that you are in before you go guns blazing, you might need to just leave that spot. Those are basically that basics that you need to know that will help you prepare to be on the front lines, your training will teach many other important things to help you prepare like fighting hand to hand all the way to surviving on only one MRE (meal ready to eat) and a canteen of water.

Monday, January 13, 2014


When you hear about people who come back from the front lines, they usually have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). For some people though, they don't have it, the biggest fear that they have outside of combat is adjusting back to civilian life. If you read the blog Reclaiming Fatherhood After Afghanistan found at you can see that it is a hard thing to do, readjust back to civilian life after being gone for several months at a time before you can see your family again. People just think it's so easy to return to civilian life after seeing combat, it's not. You don't trust your family, friends, etc like you used to. You have to be able to regain everyone you knows' trust back. It's a big deal. It's just something people need to take into factor when their loved ones come home from combat and they don't have PTSD and they don't feel like talking to you as much.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Passion for this topic

To be on the front lines you need to join a certain branch of the military, and for me, ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to join the military and be on the front lines. Just deciding about which branch was difficult for me, but taking the extra step to sign up for the branch I wanted to go into was even more difficult. My grandpas friends used to tell me about them being out there on the front lines, protecting us and how the only guys you could trust were yourself and the brother to your left and the brother to your right. To me that just sounds like something I could see myself doing, which is what I intend to do. To think though, a kid listening to all these geezers talk about their war stories would make a kid not want to do any of the things they did, but scare the daylights out of him, instead just make him want to do it even more.
I also have this friend that wants to do the same thing, but in a different branch, but ever since we were kids, me and him always wanted to do this. So it just makes you think, I will be 18/19 (depending when my training is over) years old, living out one of my dreams while most people have to wait years just to do so.