William R

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Are Navy SEALs (and other special forces units) necessary in keeping the peace or a force driving war?

With the recently released movie, Act of Valor, I am curious whether TEDsters feel elite forces like this are a positive or a negative force; a necessary evil or an unnecessary impetus of global force and control.

What do you think of the Navy SEALs and other elite special forces units? Would you understand/support a male's unwavering desire to become a member of a unit like the Navy SEALs?

  • Mar 3 2012: "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
  • Mar 3 2012: Brent, Special Forces Units are neither positive nor negative. I would not even call the a "Necessary Evil"!

    Spec Ops types give our government the option of handling issues with out deploying hundreds of thousands of (main body or conventional forces) soldisers, sailors, airmen and marines. Employment of Spec Ops means that you get the bad guy you want, free the hostages, etc... with out having to take down an entire country. The locals in the area that they operate in may not even know that Spec Ops assets are there!!!

    You See?? Nice and Clean!!! No CNN Cameras!! No crying little kids or old women on MSNBC!!

    As far as a desire to be a SEAL??? I think that the testosterone rush make young guys want to be heros!!! It's Natural!!

    But, you can miss the mildstones of your life, Kids, birth, first days of schools, even high school graduation!! Sometimes you don't know who died in your family. You can go through wives pretty quickly!! And the abuse that you do to your body in your 20's creates the aches and pains you feel (both mental and physical) in your forties!!

    Then you might realize that you take an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, but you may violate those rights of others. You may even grow to feel like "Muscle" for Exxon, Mobil, etc.... they win not the American people.

    Finally, in you late forties, after running off wives, with a sore body, and skill sets best suited for work in the Mafia
    The current job market really sucks!!!

    If you can handle that You a a special kind of guy and the Super Soldier Community Needs you!!!
  • Mar 2 2012: People like SEALS are a part of every society. It is generally a good idea to harness and hone them. The question then becomes how well can the powers that be wield that tool. (yes, before you ask I do know people like this, very cool very scary people)
  • Mar 6 2012: Your question is a fair one Brent and gave me an opportunity to express my opinion (and now yours). Thank you. My son is currently training as an A10 pilot. I pray every night for the day Navy Seals and A10 pilots are no longer necessary. Also thank God for their courage while we need them.
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    Mar 6 2012: Given the intell, tools, and means of a lawful order the members of any Special Ops Wing act. You read but did not understand Pratt, Bell, Weaver, and McCann. You want a different answer ask a different question. I want to be the best I can be in all of my endeavors. I got into a SOW and I am better for it.
  • Mar 3 2012: Politicians make policy that drive war. -- for better or worse. Navy Seals and other special forces units need to have the best training and tools to do their jobs with no interference once an order is given. Question the polititions, that is your right. Don't question the men and women willing to lay down their lives to protect your freedom. Just thank them..
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      Mar 5 2012: Thomas, I appreciate the response but I think you may have misunderstood me. I in no way whatsoever question the men and women willing to put their lives on the line. I simply just stated a question in the most neutral way- I hope that doesn't come off as though I am saying anything bad about the spec ops community because I can assure you, that is quite distant from my true feelings.