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  •  You're thinking the "OLD" Army... (13+ / 0-)

    Back when the word "Honor" meant something other than doing anything you could to keep yourself looking good.


    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 07:18:43 AM PST

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    •  When was this? Round Table? Roman Legions? (5+ / 0-)

      Having come of age when the Vietnam War was being fought, I learned to never expect military big shots to do anything BUT lie.

      Want to point back to WW II?  MacArthur.

      Chris Hedges has a nice piece on the military mentality:

      Most institutions have a propensity to promote mediocrities, those whose primary strengths are knowing where power lies, being subservient and obsequious to the centers of power and never letting morality get in the way of one’s career. The military is the worst in this respect. In the military, whether at the Parris Island boot camp or West Point, you are trained not to think but to obey. What amazes me about the military is how stupid and bovine its senior officers are. Those with brains and the willingness to use them seem to be pushed out long before they can rise to the senior-officer ranks. The many Army generals I met over the years not only lacked the most rudimentary creativity and independence of thought but nearly always saw the press, as well as an informed public, as impinging on their love of order, regimentation, unwavering obedience to authority and single-minded use of force to solve complex problems.
      I hate the way that Hedges beats around the bush and avoids saying what he really thinks.  ;)

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