America did a good job back in WW2. World War Two was America's prime, it's shining moment of glory, so you can stop rubbing it in everyone's faces. Most everything since then... well, it's been going downhill.
On August 2, 1964, the USS Maddox, on an intelligence mission along North Vietnam's coast, fired upon and damaged several torpedo boats that had been stalking it in the Gulf of Tonkin. A second attack was reported two days later on the USS Turner Joy and Maddox in the same area. The circumstances of the attack were murky. Lyndon Johnson commented to Undersecretary of State George Ball that "those sailors out there may have been shooting at flying fish." The second attack led to retaliatory air strikes, prompted Congress to approve the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, and gave the president power to conduct military operations in Southeast Asia without declaring war. In the same month, Johnson pledged that he was not "...committing American boys to fighting a war that I think ought to be fought by the boys of Asia to help protect their own land."
In 2005, however, an NSA declassified report revealed that there was no attack on 4 August. It had already been called into question long before this. "The Gulf of Tonkin incident," writes Louise Gerdes, "is an oft-cited example of the way in which Johnson misled the American people to gain support for his foreign policy in Vietnam."[73
Our Government started Vietnam, and our troops paid the price. Iraq, we went in looking for non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction, and regime change, and our troops paid the price. They didn't attack us in 911. Should our troops really have to pay the ultimate price for unjust wars?
From my point of view, we helped to start the UN, and now we are stepping away from it, now we are leaving it behind. What ever happened to "United Nations"? Now it seems that there is the American way, or the highway. (Only sith deal with absolutes)
I mean, whatever happened to working together with other countries? Yes, we have the biggest military. "With great power comes great responsibility" and it seems that the US isn't being the most responsible.
All of us get our information from different sources, and it's really annoying how one source says one thing, and one source says the opposite....
I think that the flag is a little out there, but I can understand the attitude behind it. It's just depressing that our troops are out there dying for nothing...
just my $0.02
yay for fueling the flames.... now I'm going to go crawl back into my hole
People who have gone through Starfleet academy should be taught how to fix everything. Even a Roman aqueduct.