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  •  One of the takeaway observations from the article (9+ / 0-)

    that is utterly compelling:

    Considering how it is that a private who loses a rifle is punished more than a general who loses a war or makes huge errors, Ricks speculates:

    "Changes in our broader society are also to blame. During the 1950s, the military, like much of the nation, became more “corporate”—less tolerant of the maverick and more likely to favor conformist “organization men.” As a large, bureaucratized national-security establishment developed to wage the Cold War, the nation’s generals also began acting less like stewards of a profession, responsible to the public at large, and more like members of a guild, looking out primarily for their own interests."

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 01:35:46 PM PST

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    •  The corporate military... (6+ / 0-)

      what Ike warned against on his way out.

      "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

      by hopesprings on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 02:09:23 PM PST

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      •  Having done my 20 (0+ / 0-)

        I can attest that Flag grade officers are (mostly) political whores more interested in uniforms and retirement jobs than their people.

        This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

        by nolagrl on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:44:20 PM PST

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