There are very few Spartans in the American military forces. In fact, there are few who even know what a ‘Spartan’ is these days. I think Americans today think a Spartan is a very dumb, show-off football player at USC who does back flips for the tv fans.
The real Spartans of the ancient world were like Russia’s Spetznetz forces today, lifers totally committed to fighting for their nation. More than 60,000 Ukrainian troops heavily armed and supplied by the U. S. just panicked and fled as soon as one of their Candy Leaders screamed, ‘The Russians are Coming.’ There’s hardly a real Russian to be seen in the Ukraine and even the Candy King claims there are only 1,000, but his candy-assed ‘soldiers’ panicked at the very thought of Russian Spartans.
The American Spartan Major who wrote the book about his experience in Afghanistan is one of the guys who takes hearts-and-minds seriously, the ancient way. The Russian Soviets did not do that when they went into Afghanistan by invitation of the Marxist government. Once the guerrilla forces, including bin-Laden and the Arabs he recruited with CIA money, got the Stingers, they blew away the Hinds and the Red Army fled home to help the USSR implode. The U. S. annihilated Afghanistan and lost all hearts and minds to start with, both there and in Pakistan. If the guerrillas had Stingers, the U. S. would have been blown away long ago.
This post was published at Lew Rockwell on September 6, 2014.