What the average citizen knows is how it "feels" and if it feels like a lost cause it really doesn't matter what the k/d ratio is. I have no formal training in this area nor would I devalue the significance that the formal training has, but don't call me "average"
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My apologies if you took average as an insult. Your post stated "some citizens" you never said that it was you that we were talking about.
So if you really felt that way, all you had to do was say that.
And in this sense, you are average. The majority of the American population hasn't served or been educated on these types of things like you've said. Average is a mathematical term, aka mean, median or mode. Average is of the majority.
So in all reality what you just said was that you have developed an un-educated opinion on the subject matter, and it should be valued because it's how you feel... That's some BS logic there. If we all did things based on how we feel... Well I would never go to the dentist because it doesn't feel right to have holes drilled in my teeth, even though there's someone telling me it's for the better, someone educated in the subject.
Now tell me, if you haven't been there, or done anything of the sort. If you have no education on the subject or personal experience,where does this feeling of a "lost cause" come from? People only know what we can interpret from our senses, or are told. And if you haven't been there to see first hand what's going on, I'm guessing you are going off of what you are told? First guess, media?
I've been there, I've seen the impact we are making and have made. I've seen women and children meet us with open hands and beg us to stay to keep them safe. Tell me that's not worth it? Why is their safety worth less than yours?