Ethics questions

Been off-line for a little bit, but fear not I am still here. Last week there were many articles run on a study published by the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks that many of us are liars.  One of the things I cannot stand are liars and cheats.  We’ve recently been talking about how to measure leaders.  I mentioned that Once An Eagle is a great book, that shows you the correct way to be a leader and then, for lack of a better word: a schmuck. That I found there are more toxic leaders that want you to […]

General Officer Composition by Commissioning Source

Some simple analysis on the Composition of the Army General Officer population.     Grade General LTG MG BG/COL USMA 10 23 39 51 ROTC 2 21 80 112 OCS/DA 0 5 3 11

Andrew Bacevich on Obama’s Foreign Policy

Over at the American Conservative (my new favorite provocative web site; even though I don’t agree with a lot of what they write!) suggest that Obama’s foreign policy team should not be replace, that their incompetence is good for the United States.  I agree, when he says: You want vision? That will require a new crop of visionaries. Instead of sitting down with ancients like Kissinger, Scowcroft, Brzezinski, or Baker, this president (or his successor) would be better served to pick the brain of the army captain back from multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the moral theologian specializing […]

The one diplomat every dictator listens to and complies with

In a straight line from actively supporting the elimination of democracy in Honduras through the conference feting the worst dictators in Africa and the so-called Arab Spring that chilled (at best) or killed most moderate, not-anti-West Muslim leaders in North Africa, to today’s celebration of and collaboration with the Muslim Brotherhood to remove the moderate (and incredibly courageous and sensible) President of Egypt – our State Department continues its bold, innovative “smart diplomacy.”  Why do the prognazis of Foggy Bottom love absolute dictators? Put another way: the one diplomat every dictator and serial killer listens to and complies with is an infantry squad leader with […]

Academies, ROTC, which is better?

We who are graduates of VMI often find ourselves believing that West Point, Annapolis, or the USAF Academy are somehow evil purveyors of elitism and privilege.  According to the author, they are, and no better than ROTC in producing good leaders.  Is there some truth to the analysis, I don’t know?  In the Army today all but two; the FORSCOM Commander a Princeton Graduate and by all accounts a toxic leader; and the AMC Commander a graduate of a Historically Black University or College; are West Point Graduate.  Why is this? This article is worth reading and considering but I […]

What is an American?

Is an American born, bred, elect, or self-selected?

Is He Watching and Reading

Do we have a secret admirer?

British Officers Musings on the Lack of Messes in the American Military

Over at King of War a very interesting piece, for your consideration.

How the Sergeant Major Stole Christmas

I have to say this was pretty cool from the guys over at We Are the Mighty.  May all of you have a happy Christmas.

With National Security in near ruins, Obama finally listens to GOP

Buttercup has been fired. This may be the only good news. The POTUS always triples down with anti-war and/or left of left politicians. Is tax-dodger John Kerry next?