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a warriors perspective on population

September20

This month, the United States of America has a total population of roughly 310, 289, 000 that represents approximately 4.52% of the global population.

We have approximately 94,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan, which notably includes elements of the 75th Regiment (Rangers), and other Special Forces at-large.

The United Kingdom (I’ll simplify as England, here) has 62, 008, 049 citizens which is roughly 0.9% of the global population.

England has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan that include the Special Air Services (SAS) 22nd, 21st and 23rd Regiments (that has served as a model for the special forces of other countries all over the world).

The United States is about four times the size of Great Britain, and carries ten times the number of troops in the Afghanistan theater of operations. But, I can tell you that England is much more severely taxed for man-power, and is dangerously thin in the ranks.

So… I’m going to ask: “Where in the hell are Japan (1.85%), Mexico (1.58%), Germany (1.19%) and France (0.95%)?”

UPDATE:

Perhaps you’re unaware, Japan has not had a military – forbidden by its constitution – since WWII – but it does have a self-defense force (The SDF) – no nukes (considered offensive), etc.  Good background here… http://www.cfr.org/publication/10439/japan_and_its_military.html – Jeffrey Hunter

In fact, I am fully aware of Japan’s current stance on standing armies, and the root cause, as well. However, there is a worthy doctrine shared by both the 75th and the 23rd in that if you don’t like what’s happening, you have two choices: You can change the rules, or you can change the perspective. In this case, I feel Japan and the UN can do both. I feel this is Japan’s way of being allowed to let us fight a war that’s in their best interests, with a malformed sense of integrity.

…end of update.

I’ll be jumping around quite a bit the next few weeks going after Obama’s war on US citizens, Apple’s next technology play, why being the father of daughters is very cool, and boats.

So, stay-tuned. And. you will likely be astounded over how I can connect the above.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

a cup of G.I. Joe

February9

Growing up (obviously, still a work-in-progress for me) I witnessed my Grandad and Dad always buy a meal, or cup of coffee (or pie), for anyone in uniform.

Now it’s tradition in my own family.

Haley Anne and Emma Jo see me quietly cover the tab for uniformed personnel and their families whenever we’re out-and-about. And, it’s my habit and pleasure to pay for the coffee if I see a soldier or peace officer at Starbucks.

[digression alert]

On a side-note, I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life. I grew up in a military household. Each morning I’d awaken to the aroma of coffee and cigarette smoke. To this day I can’t smell coffee without getting a cigarette smoke headache. Coffee shops are agony for me. But, I’ll suffer a SBUX for my Vente Ice Chai. By the way… ANYONE that stands anywhere near a SBUX door and smokes SUCKS.

[end of digression]

…or lunch. I had some of my team visiting with me from Chicago recently. We were at Bagel Boys when I spotted a policeman waiting in-line. I told the crew at the cashier that lunch was on me. The officer was stunned and really grateful.

But, it was me that had the honor of thanking him for his service.

I’m not bragging, mind you. This is something that’s ingrained in my own DNA now. And, it was my Grandad that started the family tradition (and, likely his own father before him).

I stop in at the Bethany SBUX most days in the morning, and they hit me up to cover the cost of shipping LOTS of coffee to units in Afghanistan. That’s easy. I’ll do it every time. But, the overture of simply showing respect and buying a cup of coffee is profound – both for me, and the recipient.

This is only a reminder that you can quietly show your support by covering the cost of a cup of coffee (or pie). Its that common courtesy and it’s foundation that our warriors are defending every day.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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