Awe inspiring at so many levels

It’s inspiring because of the human spirit, because of compassion, because of bravery, and because of the reaches of modern surgery.  Watch it and be impressed.

11 Responses

  1. Bookie,

    Just an incredible story, all around. MDW and I both needed a tissue afterwards.

    Thanks,
    -SJBill

  2. Competence doesn’t come from sitting around where it is safe.

    People take risks because to not do so is even more horrific.

    In a way, you can understand nihilism. To stand up against such things day in and day out, whether for the support personnel, the aviation, the infantry, or any other member of the team, takes a person willing to undergo short term risks for long term gain. Implicit in this is that you can lose it all through short term risks. Death is the great equalizer. Terrorist, freedom fighter, or American, it cares not who you are so long as what you are is dead. You ain’t coming back from the dead, and once dead all long term risk assessments have gone out the window for that individual.

    So Nihilism looks at all that and thinks “hey, why bother with this endless horror of human existence”. Why not simply erase the desire for people to fight and thus we will never have to take such risks ever again? It takes a special something to incur a short term risk without any guarantee of a long term profit. Yet great constructions and tasks, such as the US Constitution, are always the ones that require a huge downpayment right up front. It is contiunous as well, every quarterly cycle.

    Individuals and governments fail in the economic game all the time. They go bankrupt, they incur debt at an astonishing level without the income to pay for it, and various other traps people fall in because of ignorance or foolishness. Yet war has its own unique variety of rewards and risks, and it takes real skill to navigate the waters to success.

    Just as not everyone can become a master economist and money manipulator, not everyone can bring a war to a satisfying conclusion.

    Just as in economics, you have people that don’t do their research and the people that do their research but are wrong. in their decisions. This is a part of the human condition, so nihilism promises that they will change human nature and ensure that people are never wrong about anything.

  3. After all, if you can’t be wrong, then why fight? What would there be to fight over when everyone’s opinions and views are just as correct and justifiable as any others?

    Such is the promise of nihilism and the Left.

    The American tradition of military might promises something else.

    “‘He either fears his fate too much,
    Or his desert is small,
    Who fears to put it to the touch,
    And win or lose it all.’ – Montrose’s Toast

    It will be a sad day when Americans are too afraid of their own shadows to take the risks that need taking and to kill the people that need killing.

  4. Btw, a lot of what the military doctors do would get them thrown out of civilian medicine organizations due to lawsuits and irregular methods. Even though it is effective, it is not “by the book” if you will. Or by the HMO anyways.

  5. Compare the reaction of those guys who heard Dr. Oh shout
    “Everyone out of the room”, and then ask for volunteers to
    risk being blown to smithereens as they tried to save this
    young man who, according to regulations, ought to have
    been sandbagged and left to die….compare, I say, their
    reactions to those of the Brits attacked by a flotilla of Iranian
    speedboats, and then to their captors….. Or compare the
    reactions of these young American personnel in the
    operating room to those of the two Brit fellows who refused
    to even try and find the kid underwater in a pond that turned
    out to be six feet deep.

    Compare, and consider that this is the difference between
    a free people and those who consider themselves to be
    wards of the State at some level…..

    I fear that there are fewer free people in America than there
    used to be — elect Hillary, and watch the number shrink!

  6. I don’t think the regulations say that, except maybe for field conditions where you can’t operate.

  7. Your larger point is well accepted, though, Earl.

    When the doctor said that he is put into the category of “Expectant patient”, I believe that means the patient has been triaged to the terminal cases where they are expected to die and thus require many resources to save. In that situation, the medical triage situation would demand that those that can be saved at less risk to personnel be saved FIRST. Since the medical facility and doctors were not experiencing a mass casualty situation, they had the benefit of being able to apply all or most of their resources and energy to the rpged soldier.

    Military expediency, like the cold equations of space, don’t leave much for luxury or wishes. If there came between a chioce of allowing one soldier with possible unexploded ordinance to die or to try to save that soldier and possibly injure or kill an entire medical team that is needed to treat other soldiers, then the choice has to be for the medical team as they can save more lives by being alive in a mass casualty situation. When you are winning, your medical personnel gets more options, at least when Americans win.

    American military support in terms of medicine and other logistics, have improved immeasurably since the Civil War. The generals, officers, and enlisted back then would gap in amazement at the ability of their descendants. Such was the reward they obtained through their sacrifice.

  8. Those doctors probably DO think they’re not heroic, inside the wire as they are. But the RPG detonator embedded in this soldier’s hip was still live, and they chose to continue. All of them, they chose.

    That was heroic.

    That they won, that they’re all alive, is wondrous.

    That I’d like every single one of them as my neighbor, because they all seem like such absolutely wonderful people, makes me proud of my fellow Americans, these wonderful, wonderful soldiers in that video, soldiers and medics all.

  9. Maybe I over-interpreted this:

    “Oh asked for volunteers to stay in the operating room and help him save Moss’s life. Several soldiers raised their hands.

    Oh and his volunteers strapped on body armor and helmets. They called in a two-man team from the 759th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal).

    Protocol, as far as Oh knew, dictated that someone in Moss’s condition be placed in a sandbagged bunker and listed as “expectant,” which means he would be expected to die because nothing could be done for him.”

    The regular “losers” in a triage situation don’t get put in a sandbagged bunker….I think that’s probably reserved for guys who may explode.

    The doctor asked for volunteers to help him operate – again, indicating that this guy was not “entitled” to be operated on, only to be kept comfortable while he (safely) died.

    I’m with Mike – I’d love to live next door to guys like this, heroes all, despite their unwillingness to claim the title.

    God bless America!

  10. Protocol, as far as Oh knew, dictated that someone in Moss’s condition be placed in a sandbagged bunker and listed as “expectant,” which means he would be expected to die because nothing could be done for him.

    But Oh believed something could be done for the wounded soldier before him.

    There is not enough detail to determine what went on, who labeled what when, and so forth. Enough detail was given to provide a contrast of the bad to the good, which was the general direction the article was going.

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