Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 23 hours ago

    The Revolutionary war was won by “snipers” who stayed in the trees and shot off rows of redcoats. The Civil War saw effective snipers, and was where people started turning against the practice


    I’ve noted elsewhere that snipers accept, and take risks, to isolate the damage they do to the “bad guys”. Close personal experience with the practice.


    A sniper works at about a thousand yards, but is still on scene, and has to get away, OR is protecting guys at LZs as in ’Nam, taking down those bad guys with mortars etc, before they can get a shot at his buddies. “Inside the wire” is just as dangerous as outside. It does take courage to do the job.


    The drone pilot is in a bunker 1,000 MILES or more from any danger, where’s the courage in that.


    The whole world is turning to drones, Israel, Britain, the U.S. and others are making big money off that growth. The question is, when does war without risk find the next way to up that ante?


    I don’t like the use of armed drones, ethically, and morally associated with the cowardice of allowing war to become methodized so the killing is only one sided. Granted, a drone taking the shot for a guy with boots on the ground DOES eliminate some of the errors, and does allow the observer to not give away his position, but . . .


    I’ver heard some of the quotes from that “American Sniper” that weren’t in the movie, and the denegration of the enemy as sub-human is there, and a dangerous human pathology on all sides.


    Back in the Hart v Reagan days, I stated I’d rather have a guy who could love carelessly than kill without caring. That we’ve leaned toward killing without caring is a bad sign for the nation, and most of our military and police don’t feel that way. Which, nobody hates war as much as those, who are/were, good at it.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 23 hours ago

    Remember 9/11 Teddy?
    Must’ve been nice in your comfy LA penthouse while 3000 Americans died.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1lKZqqSI9-s

  3. Thomas Baxter

    Thomas Baxter GoComics PRO Member said, about 20 hours ago

    ConserveGov
    Iraqis had nothing to do with 9/11.

  4. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, about 20 hours ago

    Some good insight, dtruoutma.
    Killing at a distance is easier than driving a blade into someone up close.

    Road rage is a similar phenomenon.
    People contain their anger when other drivers do the very same sort of thing up close & personal, when both are driving supermarket carts.

    Anonymous comments about cartoons, same.
    That vitriol would not spew forth if the discussion occurred over a cup of coffee.

    Sadly, it is the anonymous behaviour, that done in private, that reveals true character.
    Public behaviour reveals what we know to be right, which indicts us further.

  5. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, about 19 hours ago

    A sniper is the ultimate precision weapon. When you talk about limiting collateral damage, a sniper is the master. Whether a police sniper taking down a hostage taker without hitting the hostages, or military sniper eliminating the enemy who are shooting at our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and parents, a sniper is extremely precise, extremely economical, and extremely deadly.

    If you believe snipers to be cowards, Rall, I suggest you read Carlos Haithcock’s biography. Given what the enemy does if they catch or spot a sniper, it takes guts to do the job. A sniper team is one shooter and one spotter. Period. No platoon of infantry to protect them. Disregard Hollywood, disregard that crap you heard. I challenge you to go to a sniper school and take some of the training and see how you do.

    And yes, snipers do have to sometimes use the knife up close and personal. I did.

  6. piobaire

    piobaire said, about 19 hours ago

    @dtroutma

    I agree in general with your post, and find myself in agreement with most of your posts. I do have to point out, however: The revolutionaries lost most of the battles of the American Revolution. Those battles that they did win were instances of using line tactics just like their cousins and brothers in the British Army. Snipers did indeed influence the battles, as when a British general was shot at Saratoga. American riflemen made a big contribution. However, the source of the revolutionaries’ victory was in outlasting the British, who were having to commit a lot of resources to a much bigger problem, defending against a powerful and hostile neighbor across the English Channel. Thank you for your service. Respects.

  7. festin

    festin said, about 18 hours ago

    @dtroutma

    “Do not cry havoc, where you should but hunt with modest warrant.” Coriolanus
    Wm. Shakespeare

    And from Captain Kirk:

    Do you realize what you have done?

    Yes, I do. I’ve given you back the horrors of war. Put an end to it. Make peace.

    There can be no peace. Don’t you see? We’ve admitted it to ourselves. We’re a killer species. It’s instinctive. It’s the same with you…
    All right. It’s instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We’re human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands. But we can stop it. We can admit that we’re killers, but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes. Knowing that we’re not going to kill today.
    …they keep a very orderly society, and actual war is a very messy business. A very, very messy business. I had a feeling that they would do anything to avoid it. Even talk peace.

  8. Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe said, about 18 hours ago

    @hawgowar

    You know the best way to limit collateral damage? Don’t start a f—-ing war in the first place.

  9. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, about 18 hours ago

    @Gary Kleppe

    “You know the best way to limit collateral damage? Don’t start a f—-ing war in the first place.”

    Specifically, don’t start wars against people who
    1) didn’t attack you
    2) prior intelligence warned that deposing that government will destabilize the region and allow terrorists to take root in a country they’re currently being kept out of

  10. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 17 hours ago

    Enter the Overlords: From now on movies should no longer be allowed to direct our impressions toward war, UNLESS they become total immersion experiences.
    .
    Blood and gore on the screen should be accompanied by actual blood and gore that rains down on the movie goers. Injuries shown on the screen should be inflicted at the time they occur on one or two random people in the audience. Destruction of homes and family members shown on the screen should happen in actuality to at least one person during each movie.
    .
    It has to be real. If everybody were to be hooked up to sensory units that only simulate those sensations, no doubt people will become addicted to them as the next level of video games.

  11. logicalone

    logicalone said, about 16 hours ago

    Not to get into the “this is a good war” talk, that is a separate discussion. But if you are in a war, you should try to win it in the most effective manner that causes the least damage to your own side as possible. Anything else is stupid and self-destructive. Forget all that talk of fair-fighting. Although it is currently in jeopardy from the current administration, our way of life IS the best currently on the planet. Trying to put an end to a country under control of a dictator or fake theology is a good thing.

  12. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, about 16 hours ago

    @logicalone

    Wow, I’m glad you didn’t help write the Geneva Convention.

  13. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, about 16 hours ago

    Your are right, there is no such thing as a fair fight, but if you don’t live your morality and ideals, what are you fighting for?

  14. twclix

    twclix GoComics PRO Member said, about 15 hours ago

    @logicalone

    Wait, news flash!!!!! President Obama is placing “Our way of life in jeopardy” what impeccable logic. I see it now… withdrawal from two wars, rapidly rising stock market, health insurance for millions, lower fiscal deficit…etc, etc. Yes, logic man, I see it now. I have a question for you: What is it you think should be done to combat this Kenyan Muslim in the White House before he ruins the country entirely? Please, Mr. Logic, save us from the black man in the White House. A nervous public awaits your SPECIFIC policy solutions to our problems. Be specific now. Keep things logical. “Hello darkness my old friend. I’ve come talk with you again.”

  15. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, about 15 hours ago

    Clearly you have all the solutions and are much smarter than any of us. It is also unlikely anyone could use the power of persuasion to change your mind. Maybe that is part of the problem?

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