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Combat Without a Cause

Army generals are going to want Army wars.

The military has an agenda which is not the same as the nation’s, yet since Kuwait, in some psychological quest to put Vietnam behind us, we Boomers are turning too far toward it.

The entire Right and half the Center is good with maximizing the presence of 4-stars in a civilian administration. Why? They have hammers – every single problem is going to be a nail. Not a Marshall among them. Not an Eisenhower. Not a Pershing. Just a buncha wannabe Bradleys who want to fight until it gets too hard […]

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View from USAFA ’76: Quit Joining the Infantry

Joining the infantry – Army or Marines – is seen by many as the ultimate in patriotism. It’s time to re-think this.

Arguably since Korea, but certainly since Vietnam, America’s politicians have seen fit to send our best & brightest off to kill and to die in wars those politicians refuse to win.

Supporting this idiocy by joining as cannon fodder – which is all soldiers & Marines are in wars their commanders refuse to win – is not patriotism.

Ike ended the Korean War through back-channel communicatioons that he would nuke N Korea unless they talked. Because Ike recently […]

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The Constitution, the CINC and Going to War

An intriguing column addresses the original intent of requiring a Congressional Declaration of War, but it does not address what really is the central question: the definition of “war.”

Is “war” simply “combat” which is how it currently seems to be defined? That begs the question: why different words?

Or is “war” the use of all national measures to defeat a strategic opponent, as was the last declared war, WW2, and “combat” simply the insertion of troops with no broader goal than the tactical defeat of a battlefield opponent?

Today it would seem necessary to stop conflating “war” and “combat,” […]

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How Many More, America?

A culture is made of shared moments. Of traditions. Stories around the dinner table, a campfire, traveling across country in a car.

It is these moments that make a nation from a geography.

Tonight I watched the celebration and memorialization of some of these moments on the PBS national memorial event from the Mall

War and the memorialization of war are part of our culture, too. We send our youth to protect our nation and to make others free. We tell stories, write books, sing songs and make movies of our wars.

But combat is not war. And combat without […]

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