Archive for the ‘Military’ Category

The Red Poppy

In 1915, a Canadian medical officer named John McCrae published what is probably the single best-known and popular poem from the First World War, “In Flanders Fields”: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still...
May 30th, 2005 | Military | Read More

A Testament to Dishonor

In 1996, Commandant of the Marine Corps General Charles Krulak issued an order that every Marine would carry a Corps Values card. The card would serve, said Gen. Krulak, as ‘
May 23rd, 2005 | Military | Read More

Body Count Inflation:
Why Iraq

December 29th, 2004 | Military | Read More

Body Count Inflation:
Why Iraq

December 29th, 2004 | Military | Read More

The Not-So-Fine Print:
Duty, Obligation, and the Military Enlistment Contract

In his recent Tech Central Station column, former Army officer and Desert Storm vet James Joyner implies that military members are somehow being misled about their contractual agreements: The dirty little secret of military recruiters is that, regardless of the length of the initial active duty contract,...
December 14th, 2004 | Military | Read More

Not Peace, But A Sword:
An Open Letter to Liberal Evangelicals

[Note: I’m about to go off on a rant. It doesn’t happen often so I hope that you will simply ignore this while I get a few things off my chest. I recommend skipping this post entirely and checking back when my moral outrage has subsided.] A recent action by the U.S.military appears to have...
December 9th, 2004 | Military | Read More

Band of Brothers

Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. during a Veterans Day commemoration in Dallas. Graunke, a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of last year. (Photo by Jim Mahoney/Dallas Morning News) Just...
December 3rd, 2004 | Military | Read More

The Moral Power of a Military:
Torture, Virtue Ethics, and the German Army

The German press is reporting that twenty noncommissioned officers and one captain of the German army are being investigated for using violent training tactics that included electric shocks, physical abuse and psychological intimidation on around 80 recruits between June and September: Spiegel newsmagazine...
December 2nd, 2004 | Military | Read More

Happy Birthday Marines!

Happy 229th birthday to my brothers and sisters in the worlds finest fighting force. Although it’s been a tough year, the Marine Corps has shown once again that we are always ready to answer our country’s call (but if for some reason we’re not available, you can always leave a message...
November 10th, 2004 | Military | Read More

The Truth About the Draft

Several bloggers have pointed out that an email is circulating on college campuses advising young men and women that President Bush is planning to reinstate military conscription: Mandatory draft for boys and girls (ages18-26) starting June 15, 2005 There is pending legislation in the House and Senate,...
September 24th, 2004 | Military | Read More