2/10/2008 07:00:00 AM
Not sure I get this . . . one can be an officer at the age of twenty-one. The average age of an officer is twenty-eight. Young officers become older officers. In addition, there are plenty of older officers and enlisted guys and gals serving in Iraq - the reserves tend to be older than the active duty and there are plenty of them there.Are you suggesting that officers don't care about the men and women serving under them? In our military now?BTW, I was one of those officers.
I think the quote is referiing to the politicians as the old men. There is no doubt that military personnel, especially those that have seen combat, more than anyone know the horrors of war. Most politicians, however, haven't experienced war first-hand so it's easier for them to declare war because they don't have to fight the battles.
@TROBlog: the quote is in reference to the 31st President of the United States of America - Herbert Hoover:Older men declare war. But it's the youth who must fight and die.Anon is correct in that it attributes the older men in the parliaments (democracy) and positions of power (elsewhere) that make the decisions but do not serve on the line where the youth of those nations do - and die.
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