No matter what you might think of the way our armed forces are used, or how much of our national treasure is expended in doing it, it's still a jaw-dropping experience to see this stuff up close. It must be like this to see the Great Pyramid for the first time. It's also stunning to get a glimpse of what life is like for those who man these behemoths, the sacrifices they make. Makes the misguided and inept policies of our current gaggle of "leaders" all the more reprehensible. Thank God for illegal immigration, huh?