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[–]Starlight_Fire 11 insightful - 3 fun11 insightful - 2 fun12 insightful - 3 fun -  (5 children)

This is refreshing to see.

It's honestly kind of absurd how much the US military spends on advertising... All of the Jets flying over stadiums, the constant TV ads, the recruiting stations, providing expensive equipment for military movies (but only if they show the military in a positive light )

[–]bablarb 5 insightful - 3 fun5 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 3 fun -  (1 child)

yup, very refreshing. The fact that it's #1 on saidit/s/all is also proof that the mic's 'perception correctors' still haven't poisoned saidit.

I hope it lasts.

[–]magnora7[S] 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Me too. This is the content that we made saidit for.

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations.” - George Orwell

[–]wizzwizz4 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

(This isn't the US…)

[–]magnora7[S] 5 insightful - 3 fun5 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 3 fun -  (0 children)

It's all the same military-industrial complex though, let's be real

[–]slabgreen 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

In high school a few years back, we'd routinely have people come over to give speeches on Veteran's Day... and instead of actually talking about veterans and the impacts of war, they straight-out advertised the military for 10 minutes, explaining all the different branches, how to sign up, etc.

[–]UmamiTofu 10 insightful - 1 fun10 insightful - 0 fun11 insightful - 1 fun -  (16 children)

\Western militaries aren't corporate tools, terrorists, genociders, or death squads. True there are issues with PTSD and suicide, more than other places, but for some people it's worth the risk.

What's this doing in /s/memes, anyway?

[–]magnora7[S] 6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 2 fun -  (14 children)

Western militaries aren't corporate tools

That must be why there are US military bases in 185 countries. Because it's not a profiteering tool taking over the world that regularly starts wars and kills hundreds of thousands. Got it.

[–]HOONTER 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (7 children)

TBF I'd rather have US military bases all across the world than Russian or Chinese military bases.

[–]magnora7[S] 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (3 children)

If those were the only two options, then I'd agree with you. But thankfully they're not the only two options.

[–]ICEMAN 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

What's the other option?

[–]magnora7[S] 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

You really see no other options than the 3 you presented?

[–]ICEMAN 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

huh?

[–]JasonCarswell 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (2 children)

I'd rather have Russian or Chinese military bases all across the world than be ruled by giant killer robots from another dimension. Whether you legitimately believe the US is the lesser of evils or not - it's still evil as fuck.

[–]HOONTER 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

I'd still take the evil I know, and the lesser evil at that.

[–]JasonCarswell 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

That's because the evil you know isn't exploiting and killing you as bad as all the millions of others.

[–]UmamiTofu 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (5 children)

What does having global bases have to do with corporations? I can think of lots of reasons to have bases in other countries that don't have anything to do with corporations. It's a pretty basic part of a global military presence. For alliances, diplomacy, counterterrorism, humanitarian relief, and deterrence.

[–]magnora7[S] 9 insightful - 1 fun9 insightful - 0 fun10 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

But the military-industrial complex is obviously operating on a profit incentive... look at the Iraq war. The first things done after winning the war was stabilize the oil production, and take over the central banks, and for US companies to rebuild all the destroyed buildings.

It's all for profit.

If it had anything to do with humanitarianism, the US would've stepped in in Rwanda in the 90s. But there was no profit there, so they let millions die.

[–]JasonCarswell 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

And Yemen and Somalia today. Not to mention stopping the sanctions and attacks on oil-rich Venezuela.

[–]fred_red_beans 5 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

Q: What was the first institution established after the killing of Gaddafi in Libya?

A: A bank.

[–]JasonCarswell 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

LOL sad but true.

[–]JasonCarswell 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

That's what you're programmed to believe.

[–]iufewal 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I too am deeply afraid of the British military industrial complex.

Young Brits don't seem to have any awareness of their own country's status whatsoever. Their knowledge of the world is drawn in large part from the American experience rather than a British one, and at times like these, when Britons apologize for their truly ginormous military industrial complex, cracks in that logic begin to show.

[–]HeyImSancho 8 insightful - 1 fun8 insightful - 0 fun9 insightful - 1 fun -  (5 children)

Don't join the army because you're just a number, and somewhere they've had a statistician decide how replaceable you are, or how you were a sacrifice for the greater good.

[–]JasonCarswell 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

And once you sign your life away you get no say in anything or you get locked up.

[–]Blurnaldblurmpf1 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

While I completely agree with this, after somehow not getting hit in multiple firefights as a medic in a US Airborne recon unit, I'm pretty well taken care of - medical, dental, and a permanent monthly award that gauruntees I wont be in absolute poverty, while being allowed to work with what I can. I work because I want to stay busy.

But I am diagnosed with permanent PTSD from a few of the situations I participated in during my deployment, which is what gives me those benefits in the first place.

[–]JasonCarswell 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

Sorry to hear that.

If you had a do over would you do it again, or do things differently?

[–]Blurnaldblurmpf1 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

I would join again, but maybe choose a different MOS, like S1 where I get to sit in an air conditioned building all day

[–]JasonCarswell 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

MOS? S1?

[–]Robin 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Spot on text. Another Saidit picture that inspired a page: https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Subvertising

[–]JasonCarswell 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

A+++

[–]Him 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

How is this a meme

[–]magnora7[S] 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

How is it not?