Pride In Killing
Below is a typical email that lands in my inbox.
It's the last thing that we Americans seem to be able to muster some pride in.
We can't be proud our manufacturing, our auto industry, our oil industry, textiles or other industrious activities.
We can't take pride in the future we're leaving our children.
We can't take pride in our corrupt government.
We aren't proud of our health care system or our education system.
We certainly can't be proud of our wealth, when our debt has accelerated to escape velocity.
We can't be proud that we're blowing another bubble that will likely destroy us as a nation.
We should not be proud that we've lost our status as the world's economic powerhouse.
We are failing on every account, when it comes to being the world leader in anything at all. This isn't an emotional point. This isn't me ragging the nation that I love. This is what the cold hard numbers say when we look at any facet of our nation's health.
But there is one thing we can take pride in. We are efficient and skilled at killing human beings.
This 19 year old ex-cheerleader (now an Air Force Security Forces Sniper) was watching a road that led to a NATO military base when she observed a man digging by the road. She engaged the target (i.e., she shot him). It turned out he was a bomb maker for the Taliban, and he was burying an IED that was to be detonated when a US patrol walked by 30 minutes later. It would have certainly killed and wounded several soldiers.
The interesting fact of this story is the shot was measured at 725 yards. She shot him as he was bent over burying the bomb. The shot went through his butt and into the bomb which detonated; he was blown to pieces. The Air Force made a motivational poster of her:
(Folks, that's a shot 25 yards longer than seven football fields!)
And the last thing that came out of his mouth ... was his ass!
If You Can Not Stand Behind Our Troops,
please Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them!