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Real honor comes from honoring humanity.
  —  Lt. Col. Peter Fromm, U.S. Army, Retired; Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer, U.S. Army; and Lt. Col. Kevin Cutright, U.S. Army
From their article: “The Myths We Soldiers Tell Ourselves (and the Harm These Myths Do)
Found at: http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview/Archives/English/

MilitaryReview_20131031_art010.pdf

Originally found via one of the blogs I follow: http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/

the-ethics-of-the-marine-corps-urination-case/

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Another expression of the be-do philosophy is the enshrinement of key policies and programs, thereby stymieing honest debate.  Such stultification is fairly common in large institutions, where the tendency is to create a narrative that makes assent to form fashionable, demonizes the naysayers, and then enforces buy-in with rewards and punishments.  Those who possess the proper faith are righteous, those who do not are unrighteous.  The result is groupthink rather than a helpful, continuous, living dialectic concerning the problem at hand.
 —  Lt. Col. Peter Fromm, U.S. Army, Retired; Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer, U.S. Army; and Lt. Col. Kevin Cutright, U.S. Army
From their article: “The Myths We Soldiers Tell Ourselves (and the Harm These Myths Do)
Found at: http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview/Archives/English/
MilitaryReview_20131031_art010.pdf
Originally found via one of the blogs I follow: http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/
the-ethics-of-the-marine-corps-urination-case/
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2012 One More Rung
2011 Sunday Morning Earlies      (Hugging trees and smiling…)
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2010 It’s Gettin’ Deep In Here

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I have received comments from some wishing I would write more “original” material on my own blog.  The following is a reply I wrote to a posting on a blog I follow.
The blog is: http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com
The specific post I was replying to is: http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/whats-with-the-super-hate-towards-gen-petraeus-that-cuny-video/
Please go to the original site to read the full context of what (the post and the video) I am responding to…
General Petraeus spent the majority of his adult life in service to his country.  For this he is to be thanked.  The protesters are louts and are fortunate they have people willing to defend this country so they can have the freedom to be so boorish and rude.  If they honestly believed the General is a war criminal and can prove it, they should be raising the issue in the courts instead of verbally assaulting him on the street.
Like the Italian student, the average civilian does not understand that to progress in today’s military requires not just a willingness to engage and destroy the enemy, but also that you continue your personal education.  Petraeus, may have sought his particular degrees for his personal growth, but he also fully understood that in today’s military, to get to the top, you must punch your ticket at every possible level, in command positions, in staff positions and in education.  Education includes branch staff colleges and “normal” university education.  Petraeus may be the exception for going to the PhD level, but he is by no means the exception for advanced degrees within the modern military.  This is all just a part of the MBA’ing of the U.S. Military.
Franks, Petraeus, Schwarzkopf, Powell and many others are politicians (within the Pentagon and Congress) as much as they are military men.  It remains to be seen whether this is good for the country (and the military) or not.
As for the UK student, being half right can also make you completely wrong.  Yes, the German high command was extremely well educated – and not just in terms of warfare.  But that is not the same as being Nazis.  Unfortunately, they (the German military – disregarding the SS) were too observant of the rule of the lawful government and then could not change their mindset when their government became unlawful.  I can still hear the castigation of General Shinseki after his cautionary testimony prior to the invasion of Iraq.  I wonder if world history might have been changed if some of the German high command had had some small amount of Shinseki’s courage.
Of course, the SS were a different kettle of fish, but then fanatics usually are.  The SS were the true “Nazis” the average person thinks of when the term is thrown about loosely.  And no, I am not forgiving the “average” German or the “average” German soldier for their acquiescence AND participation in the butchery of the period.
We are facing perilous times for our military because we now have a full generation of senior commanders who have never known hard times.  Money, honors and fame have been there for the taking for the last 20 plus years, and they have done so – during and after their careers.  They are almost precisely where the German professional military was in the late 1920′s and early 1930′s – comfortable and elite.  As I stated above, it remains to be seen whether this is good for the country or not.
As for me, I keep hearing General (then President) Eisenhower’s cautionary speech about the dangers of the military / industrial complex…  For a transcript of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address (1961), see:
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=90&page=transcript
And just in case nobody has said it to you lately: “Thank you for your service, Lieutenant.” (And forgive me if you are now a Captain…)
[For the record, in my reply on the original site, I inadvertently misspelled General Petraeus’ name several times and I have corrected these errors above.   —  KMAB]
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2011 Forging Away At My Deadlines
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