Today in “good initiative, poor judgment,” we’ve got self-motivated veterans’ groups going to Puerto Rico to do SOMETHING ANYTHING OMG IF WE DON’T GET THERE EVERYONE DIES.
Which is how most folks roll in the Noble Order of White Helpfulness. Not saying this isn’t a good thing: nice people doing nice things for other people who are having a shit time is never a bad thing. And no, this isn’t really a NatSec story at first blush.
Except that it is, because this is how the US responds to fucking everything: do something, anything at all, usually with guns (although not in this case), and if you can somehow tag it as something a veteran did? Boom…headline.
And finally, because I’m a dick: what the actual fuck does it mean to “self-deploy”? Because I’m a veteran, anytime I do something outside the country, am I deployed? If so, I’m self-deploying to Mexico later this year to help support local tequila manufacturing.
Stories like this do nothing except widen the civ/mil divide. OK, so they highlight some good shit, and yes, these folks are doing good shit. Bravo. But let’s get a little less jingoistic in our do-gooding, huh?