andalusia wrote:I was wondering Garry B what is the image of American troops in other lands. Are they seen as bad guys like Americans see Russian troops? I do not believe American troops fight for freedom.
the motivations and image of the U.S troops is not exactly easily explained. ive met several branches and units of american forces in Afghanistan of a wide variety.
they do seem to have a habit of coming up with the reason of "fighting terrorism", "serve my country" or some fundamental misjudged and misinformed comment like that. we where actually shocked by the level of ignorant patriotism these guys have and are clueless to the obvious going on.
the only american forces that know whats going on are the more elite units. like Delta's and green berets, these guys have spend like 2 years fighting in Iraq and then when they think they go home they are told they get two more years in Afghanistan. these guys seriously don't care why they are there and just want to do their job and go home alive. and as far as i could tell their airforce is relaxed and friendly to others as well. at least the radio contact i had with their aircraft was very friendly.
that said, we had "disagreements" with the american military on regular occasion. besides their general stupidity and lack of self-initiative and logic thinking the american millitary is famous for its cowboy-like approach in operations. they always treat other country millitary's as if they are children, are so over-confident over their superiority over "a bunch of terrorist peasants" that it often results in them sending troops in engagements with heavy casualties as a result or...propably my "favourite". their complete lack of restraint to use "appropriate violence". what can be done with some thinking and strategy and leave the village standing the yanks love to just create some mushroomclouds and nothing but smoking craters with airstrikes. ...while the assholes film with a smile how buildings including residents get wiped out.
no,... im not really a fan of american troops in general. and neither are a lot of my former collegue's.