Iím going to go with the assumption youíve never served, but maybe youíve had family serve, so some of this might get through.
Yes we spend an inordinate amount on military, and I personally would prefer we spent it on some of those very things you mentioned, but reality has a way of negating wants and desires. You think Americans enjoy sending our loved ones to die on some foreign shores? I can assure you weíd love to bring our people home and watch the world spin on.
Do you even know what it takes to place a military base anywhere? And yes, military personnel fall under agreements for discipline that gets negotiated with the host country. And if you think Military Justice is all warm and fuzzy, Iíd suggest you look up the military code of conduct they operate under. Itís no where as forgiving as civil courts.
Because Canada's is subpar doesn't mean that the US's is good compared to the money given. Same thing goes with higher education. I can go to university for free, while an American student will most likely be in debt for a sizeable chunk of the rest of their lives. There are several people in the US with severe life-long illnesses that can barely afford their medication without sacrificing everything else in their life.
I'm not talking about the military personnel alone. Do relatives living with the stationed operate under the same "code of conduct"?
Also, that's naÔve. The US has extreme levels of weaponry, including long-distance drones, ICBMs, and nuclear bombs. What purpose exactly do the dozens of military bases in Germany serve? To stop Russia? You saw what happened in Ukraine. I highly doubt they're necessary. The US intervenes only when it is within its interests. It isn't the "world police" because it has some kind of moral responsibility, it is to strengthen its own power and leverage to stop competing rivals. And no, nobody in my family has served anything. In fact, my family's religion bans involvement in any branch of the armed forces, which led to thousands of members of it to be imprisoned for it. So no, I do not see the military in a positive light.
On base, dependents are subject to military justice. Off base, dependents are subject to local laws, unless memorandums have been negotiated to have them fall under military justice.
Yes the US has all those weapons, and so does every other major power and even the 2nd tier nations. I suppose you have a point, maybe something along the lines of ďif the US gave up its weapons, the rest of the world would put down theirs, and weíd all hug fluffy kittens and make ice cream togetherĒ. And yet, I have the sneaky suspicion that without the US acting as a block, a lot of the other major players would happily run amok. And Iím sorry you werenít alive for the Cold War, but even today, the bases in Germany serve as advance staging areas for US troops in case Russia does attack, or we need to put troops somewhere more easily supplied from them then the US mainland. And you as a European has to ask why your country and other European countries are doing diddly to help Ukraine, except for thoughts and prayers of course.
Iím not even going to address the fact that others have sacrificed so that you can feel morally superior by pounding your chest about religious objections, but what are you going to do when they donít want to carry you anymore?
Wow that turned out to be alot of replies. I'll just spoiler the whole lot of this post and you can hunt and figure out what i was saying.
I am so offended right now, lol.
The Evil Penguin Criminal Syndicates.
And Pie. and all food related discussions for that matter.
what would you prefer we argue about?
Sorry, but Beepee won the election so we are all working on getting ther endorsements over the top right now.
All the cool kids endorse Beepee.
I goggled these symptoms and i'm sorry to tell you this, but you are going to die.
Nothing can beat internet crowd sourced science. Sorry.
ignore my double post *shame*
Two can play that game:
(also, I'm super queer, but these are the sexiest Japanese schoolgirls ever. Is it just me or is quarantine screwing up everyone's sexuality.)
Heeeeey look guys! I spoke too soon! It seems we got ourselves a dirty double poster! Volaworand tsk tsk, I expected better from you! I can't wait to drag you into Cinder Manga Bible School Club! Oh yes, we are going to have lots of fun.
Stoning? No that's too good for someone like you.
No, I'm afraid since Saint Cinder's Manga Bible Camp is needing new members to fulfill our club story arch you are going to have to fulfill yourself as our main MC protagonist. Together with the edgy backstory of spiky haired Drystar-kun, and that one smart guy with glasses Iym Winterless-write your book already, not to mention the waifu material known as Rebeltopia-Chan, you will have to use the power of friendship and screaming to defeat the dark lord Amerion-dono. Only then will you be isekai'd to redemption.
Awww... I haven't been stoned in decades.
What sort of sinning do i need to do around here to get stoned!
Muhahaaaaa!!!! TSP will know my wrath!
*knocks over the trash can's out back of the delegate cabanna and takes the door off of the TEP outhouse.*
oops! I did it again.
Did you have any maternal relatives with a medical history of hiccups?
I don't pound my chest, because I don't consider myself as part of it anymore. However, war is waged by states against states. I'm not participating in any of the "sacrifice" nonsense, because countries might as well play chess with bomb robots and it would be the same. If Russia and the US and its allies have a live hot confrontation, no amount of manpower will save either country, nor humanity as a whole. Heck, the US has extreme internal conflict anyway. Also, the US does not have any bases in Sweden.
Only the highest kind of party sin will get you there. I'm sure you will one day be put into the same pot as LadyRebels, if you catch my favoring gale.
Oh my double posting in twice in one day? Seem's like we have ourselves a glutton for punishment!
mmm ... pot.
no, thanks. i'm going glutton-free.
Continues my rampage across the region, sinning wildly:
*releases all the dogs from the regional dog pound*
*smears peanut butter all over TSSS*
*films a virial video of TSSS's death by dog-licking*
I had two euros? Looks like someoneís medical go fund me page is beginning to take off!
Just a few more years of this and Iíll be able to afford being in a coma
You come into my Lily Pad, on the day of my Popeís coronation, to tell me this? Ipugao, Ipugao, what have I done for you to treat me so?
Oh, also, is your name in any way related to pugs? Because that would be cute.
We are coming up on the 2 year anniversary of of a shameful day in TSP history.... the day we invaded TEP.
A day that shall forever stain the rich defender image we work so hard to project.
We have had to keep all our puppies locked up in a pound ever since. So sad.
(Well, until some evil penguin released them all and they killed TSSS, who was covered in peanut butter for some reason or other.)