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  1. wolfhoundblues1

    wolfhoundblues1 said, almost 4 years ago

    The new XBOX or Play Station medal

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    A hero medal for drone operators doing target shooting? I must not know something about their job. As for cyber warfare programmers, I could see a medal for exceptional performance but not as heroes unless they thwart an extraordinary attack on the infrastructure, military, etc. In that case the bronze star or silver star could be used.

  3. emptc12

    emptc12 said, almost 4 years ago

    It seems to me that in years past “sniper” was a pejorative term. The veterans that I knew of past wars spoke of snipers with disgust. Would “sharpshooter” be better? No doubt the nature of war has changed, and those in the line of fire may see things differently. War will never be clean. At least we don’t “sack” cities anymore, and that used to be a major attraction for ground troops centuries ago.

  4. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 4 years ago

    The Pandora’s Box is opened. We will never be able to claim any high ground when Mexican drug gangs or Canadian intelligence starts droning us.

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 4 years ago

    Achievement Unlocked: “DECA-dunce”- Create at least 10 new enemies for every one you kill

  6. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago

    We should start with the pro-war right.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    One theory presented about this medal is based on the psychological consequences for the drone operator. Unlike the sniper/sharpshooter who takes out a single threat with a single bullet, the missiles fired by the drone do wide spread damage and many civilians, including women and children, have suffered. In urban areas, casualties include people sitting peacefully in homes suddenly shocked by a blast targeted on a car outside of homes and businesses. These actions have consequences for a person of conscience
    In the movie “The Peacemaker”, a sharpshooter is ordered to take out a man known to be carrying a nuclear bomb. A child, sitting on the shoulders of her father, is between the shooter and the target and the shooter refuses to take the shot. The emotion conveyed by the actor portraying the shooter must pale in comparison to a father/brother/son caught in that same situation on an actual battlefield. The medal is meant to recognize what the man at the trigger faces. I guess the ceremony makes giving the orders easier.
    But I wonder, how many of the suicides among our military neighbors is over executing such orders
    Of my relatives who have been decorated for service in battle, none displayed their medals or spoke of them. And under the glare of news cameras, no soldier I’ve seen has ever accepted the remotest possibility they had done anything extraordinary and stated they were just doing their jobs. All wished they could have done more for those who gave all.

  8. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 4 years ago

    While drone operators and cyber warriors are not putting themselves in harms way, as I did during Desert Storm, they still deserve recognition for their contributions.

  9. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago

    I have worked with vetsgoing back to Viet Nam, none of them were “fine” with the experience.
    The nature of war has changed for the soldiers. I blame the current American culture of “zero violence” in all aspects of life. Don’t talk about it, don’t do it, don’t even think about violence, it is evil and only bad people participate.
    They join the military and this upbringing haunts their every move, more than many can accept.
    They still die when they come home, not all of them, but it is more than die in battle.
    I suspect the sit at home folks do not understand the toll on the soul killing other humans entails, enemy or not.

  10. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 4 years ago


    I have trouble understanding the point of your post. A “zero violence” culture is somehow harmful? (And can that term even be applied to American culture without a heaping helping of sarcasm?) Is your solution to incorporate MORE violence into our culture, so that we can send our people in uniform out to kill others without a twinge of conscience?
    if you want to point a finger of blame, how about at the “sit at home folks” who populate the halls of government- many of whom have never been in uniform; some of whom actively dodged service when called upon- who are so eager to send our troops into harm’s way as a first resort rather than the last?

  11. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    rvald said, “If you don’t approve of drones, then volunteer for war service…Drones take some lives but carpet bombing takes many more.”
    Gee, I didn’t realize those were our only choices. (As the old saying goes, those with hammers think every problem is a nail.)

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    You forgot pizzas and Chinese. Delivered of course so you don’t really have to quit what your doing. (been there, done that)

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The new medal is reported to be between the bronze and silver stars in “merit”. I have a problem with that. At the same time, a bronze WIThOUT “V device”, was granted to almost every officer in ‘Nam, for getting out of bed two days in a row on time. Enlisted had to do a lot more, as they weren’t building “careers”. That “V device” makes all the difference, as that “valor” means the recipient actually had to do something requiring courage, or being in the wrong place at the right time.

    Piloting a drone is in no way comparable to being a guy in the field doing “long rifle work”. While there is psychological risk, the physical, and far greater psychological risk, in nothing by comparison. Talk to some B-52 pilots, and get a better comparison

  14. Blairtim42

    Blairtim42 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Seems rather insulting to the members of our military who have gone through the same basic training, and additional training to operate billion dollar equipment and killing targets over seas.

  15. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 4 years ago


    They do need to lower the merit for these new medals. No way they should be in the same category with bronze and sliver stars.

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