by user False Prophet
The United States Armed Forces used to be the greatesst force in the world. People used to know that whatever happened to them, the men in uniform would be able to save them. They represented the greatest and thoughest people on earth. The people who took on the legacy of those crazy rebels on the 18th century that believed a couple hundred of them with some makeshift weapons could stop the great empire of Britan.
Then things changed sometime after 1947. The Korean war came into effect, and was a disaster. We couldn't get anywhere against the North Koreans, and had no chance of negotiations, so we ended in a cease fire. Vietnam comes around, and the army is embarassed. Our great soldiers were slaughtered, and we were sent home in defeat.
Nowadays, we have forces everywhere, and we have no idea what the heck to do once we get into combat. We come out victorious in Afghanistan,but decide not to leave, and the country regresses. Iraq is a disaster. We have no strongholds, and even the precious green zone is looking more and more vulnerable.
The Question I have, is what happended to the great forces of the past. The ones that inspired a song known as the Ballad of the Green Beret.
Ballad of The Green Beret Fighting soldiers from the sky, Fearless men who jump and die. Men who mean just what they say, The brave men of the Green Beret. Silver wings upon their chests, These are men, America's best, One hundred men we'll test today, But only three win The Green Beret. Trained to live off nature's land, Trained to combat, hand to hand. Men who fight by night and day, Courage take from The Green Beret. Silver wings upon their chests, These are men, America's best, One hundred men we'll test today, But only three win The Green Beret. Back at home a young wife waits, Her Green Beret has met his fate. He has died for those oppressed, Leaving her this last request. Put silver wings on my son's chest, Make him one of America's best, He'll be a man they'll test one day, Have him win The Green Beret.
What happened to this pride? What happened to the strenght, to the power, to the wisdom of the army described in that song? what happened to the power that was the United States Armed Forces? What happened to those grand men that were called "Green Beret"?
If, and only if, we can restore the pride of our special ops, and of our Military, we can restore our global strength