Thanks for defining the word as you understand it. That helps.
Sacrifice in the dictionary [on line ] is:
- the Eucharist regarded either (in Catholic terms) as a propitiatory offering of the body and blood of Christ or (in Protestant terms) as an act of thanksgiving.
- Chess a move intended to allow the opponent to win a pawn or piece, for strategic or tactical reasons.
- (also sacrifice bid) Bridge a bid made in the belief that it will be less costly to be defeated in the contract than to allow the opponents to make a contract.
- Interestingly, there is no mention of intent, but let's allow that in many cases people are aware of what they are giving up and make the choice to do it.
And, I reject the notion that he didn't know his life could be on the line. Just the way he arrived in Libya speaks to how serious the situation was and confirms he had to know what the stakes were, and yet he went, and died.
You should have taken a couple of more minutes to think about it. I'm not an Obama supporter, and I said in my original post that even if Stevens' did knowingly make a sacrifice, it didn't mitigate the Administration's failures. I've said it twice in fact. You just don't want to acknowledge that I wasn't using Stevens' death to deflect criticism of Obama. I suppose it just doesn't fit the narrative you having going here, but the above statement only makes it clear that your partisanship limits your ability to separate a man's service to his country and your criticisms about the Administration. Which is too bad.
Additionally, not every question to you about your post[s] is politically motivated. Not every challenge to you is partisan. I know you do not believe it, but I am not a partisan. I could care less if you go on for 100's of posts criticizing Obama. As I said up thread, I have a list of my own and you don't have a franchise on Obama criticism. It appears to me that you either dismiss these kinds of comments when I make them, simply don't believe them, or miss them entirely. That's fine, but you will then read partisanship into my posts where none exists. It contributes to tangents going on longer than they need to and to outright misunderstandings.
Lastly, accusing people who took issue here of being sheep unable to take the criticism of Obama is silly and transparent. But, it did give me a good laugh, so I thank you for lightening up the mood of the evening.
"My entire point though(and it really isn't particularly complicated)was he DIDN'T sacrifice his life, and WASN'T unstable"
That explanation was after these comments....
I thank you for defining how you were using the word "Sacrifice" because knowing that almost makes sense of your posts. I suppose we all needed to know the definition of "is" after all.
In any event, there's a reason Lin's and my posts read like you were calling Stevens unstable. It actually read that way. NOW we know what you really meant. Thank you.