Have you hear about a guy named Socrates?
Well, he did three "tours of duty". Philosophers are not bunnies.
He also pissed a lot of people off in his efforts to show people how ignorant they were.
I also agree with a lot of what you said, Tony, but feel I need to read it a few more times to do any response justice...er...after this one, of course! I certainly appreciate a lot of the earlier one-liners better. I respect the attitude that comes with having been in the trenches. In a way I wish more people had it. On the other hand, I deeply respect the ability to form an argument because it shows understanding, something many of my tougher friends often lack, in my opinion. Simply having been in the trenches doesn't mean one understands much of where they were, so I really like it when I see someone who can be described as a warrior AND a philosopher. Both are important.
ps- and don't forget, we meet Socrates when he's fairly old. Maybe Tony's due a trip to the Oracle some day soon?