Monday, August 26, 2013

Air Force in Fiction (Stargate) vs Reality (Psychopaths)

From Distant punishment: Immoral and Soon to be Illegal?.
The bottom line is that, outside of a small cabal inside the Air Force, and some self-serving members of the aerospace industry, there is no intellectual, historical, or scientific basis of support for distant punishment as national policy.

the Air Force is infiltrated by psychopaths. Jet fighters are "cool" and provide stimulation to psychopaths who believe that "the feeling of letting a bomb drop" is

No. That is not a legitimate question and it is not asked. But if you nevertheless want to know what I feel when I release a bomb, I will tell you: I feel a light bump to the plane as a result of the bomb's release. A second later it's gone, and that's all. That is what I feel.
as Israeli Air Force general Dan Halutz famously said. He also claims that pilots should never feel guilt or responsibility because they're Just Following Orders. He would have done well as Auschwitz' camp commander.

These same psychopaths believe in mass murder on a grand scale and in glory (a narcissistic concept). It's why they *will not* give up strategic bombing, why they *hate* the A-10 Warthog which goes slow, looks vaguely ugly, and is "uncool" (and whose mission is to protect infantry troops from tanks), and why the Boeing bomber (which looked sort of like the space shuttle with its bulbous black and white design), was rejected in favour of the much more expensive and much more traditional (but also dangerous-looking, emphasis on *looking*) F35 "raptor". (Raptors are an endangered species which must be saved you know. Save the raptor!)

Virtuous my ass

All of this serves to make Stargate: SG1, where the Air Force is supposedly the paragon of Moralistic (and Imperialistic) virtue .... more than a bit specious. This is the same air force that loves to carpet bomb electric and water treatment facilities (eg, Iraq and Bosnia).

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