It is also, to an immense extent, the disease of a generation—the generation which was either young or unborn at the end of the last war. This is as true of Englishmen, Frenchmen, and Americans as of Germans. It is the disease of the so-called “lost generation.” Sometimes I think there are direct biological factors at work—a type of education, feeding, and physical training which has produced a new kind of human being with an imbalance in his nature. He has been fed vitamins and filled with energies that are beyond the capacity of his intellect to discipline. He has [...]
So I guess the Institute is continuing its Culturally Aware ways. Although I will say, as a Cadet from the West, that I did not understand Lee-Jackson Day. In reality VMI doesn’t care. In fact VMI only cares about two holidays, one of them is Founders Day, which is also Veterans Day. When I was at VMI, they cared little that November 11th represented something other than the founding of the Institute. And then you have New Market Day.
The core of VMI are its graduates living honorably, succeeding and failing as their own merits, demerits and as luck permits. The mechanism that raised the bar and distinguishes VMI from the service academies and near-peer educational organizations is VMI’s Honor Code. Yesterday, 1/3 of America’s Strategic Defense force was exposed as non-combat capable. USAF officials, including senior members of its officer corps approved a blatant lie meant to undermine concerns. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, the primary mechanism for maintaining peace was the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Apparently the new philosophy is “By Any Means [...]
Currently I’m stationed at Ft Bliss, TX. I see M-ATVs everywhere. The Army talked of scrapping a lot of MRAPs, well here we see M-ATVs having replaced almost all of the HMMWVs in the 1 AD BCTs. In fact the amount of M-ATVs here is a bit on the ridiculous side. When it comes to the JLTV program it’s something I’ve followed relatively close for the last five years. In 2008 the there was a down-select to three platforms [from seven], which were offered: the BAE Valanx, GTV Eagle, LockMart JLTV, for the engineering and manufacturing development phase. Of those [...]
I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known. The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.” It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001. However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in [...]
Robert Kaplan whom I first encountered when I read his Balkan’s Ghost prior to deploying to Kosovo in 2000, is in my opinion one of the big thinkers of our age. Over at Foreign Policy, he has a fascinating article that I urge all to read and think about, entitled Augustine’s World. Syria is the Levant, the geographical core of Late Antiquity. And its disintegration, like the crumbling of Libya, Yemen, and Iraq, along with the chronic unrest in Tunisia and Egypt, signifies not the birth of freedom but the collapse of central authority. Rome could not save North Africa, [...]
An asymmetric oddity with your morning coffee: Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets.
James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus present a potential future of a fundamentally transformed United States of America. From the fragmented communities dominated by land-owners and farmers (America 1.0) through the post-Civil War urbanization and industrialization (America 2.0) to America 3.0: [T]he liberal-progressive or “Blue State” social model has reached its natural limits. Even as it continues to try to expand, it is now dying out before our eyes. We are now living in the closing years of the 20th Century “legacy state.” Even so, it has taken the shock of the current Great Recession to make people see the need [...]
Hollywood, famous for redefining accounting and corporate welfare even as it preaches the gospels of paying taxes and political correctness, periodically redefines The Hero. Today in America, Hollywood provides essentially four choices, with each being a parody of reality: First, there’s the Comic Book Super Hero, then there is the un-male nothing-burger, followed by the clown. and lastly the something that Hollywood’s present cadre of super-geniuses can’t pull off: the Anti-Hero. The Hollywood elite are at least as talented as Richard Brooks and Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry, because they tell us they are. So why is Hollywood’s worship of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden [...]
If only Republicans were Iranian mullahs. Or the Taliban. Can we even be sure Putin will permit President Obama the passage of a clean CR just for DoD? Человека судят по его делам, а не по его словам.* *A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.