In the military. From someone who read my post, “Newt Gingrich Reminds Us Why We Loathe Him”:
You state that “he killed for his bloated ego, not to defend the United States.” I actually think it is easier than that.
I spent six years as a Naval Special Warfare Intelligence Analyst. “Special Warfare” here being an euphemism for SEAL. No, I wasn’t a SEAL, but, as the “job” title implies, I supported these whack jobs. I am also currently writing my dissertation in Depth Psychology and the deleterious effects of war on the human soul. I mention the above two snippets of history only to support what I am going to say next.
The sad reality is that most of the special operations types are psychopaths, or “sociopaths” (because we wouldn’t want to offend the delicate little flowers by “negative labels”) in the clinical sense of the word. You are right…most of them really enjoy killing…more so, they love the “juice” of being in combat, of sneaking around doing dangerous things, manipulating people, etc. etc. I have a friend who is an NCIS agent…he tells me it is a full-time job keeping tabs on these jokers and bailing them out of trouble in the civilian towns around the bases… I guess what I’m saying is that it’s not a bloated ego that they are killing for…it is just fun (for them) to remorselessly manipulate, torture and kill for its own sake.
Posted with permission.6:09 pm on January 21, 2015 Email Laurence M. Vance