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    gerrilea

    While a top down system can and does do great things when properly guided, the exact opposite is also true, and horrid, horrid things also can and do happen.

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    When the military is involved, the concept of honor is paramount.  When the Army abandoned the concept in favor of it's new "Army Values" what they essentially did was to declare anything not explicitly forbidden to be OK.

    Moral creep sets in, and as a result even the most hideous of actions are considered acceptable, provided that you're one of the folks that are not questioned.

    The army needs to separate the "legal" from the "Acceptable".  Unfortunately, for over 12 years now, the example given has not been one of honorable people doing what was needed because of horrible situations, but rather people who do what they can get away with because they can.

    Without accountability for the highest levels, we will never see the behavior at the lower levels of the army at a higher standard.  Essentially, I feel that everyone is doing pretty much the same thing now, the only difference is that those with the political coinage can spend it to avoid punishment.

    SOME soldiers and officers hold themselves to higher standards, but they are quickly weeded out by those that favor appearance and proper boot licking to initiative and honor.  I wish I was being purely cynical now, but the truth is that the service is hemorrhaging the soldiers it NEEDS and rewarding those that merely follow all orders, no matter how stupid or illegal.

    /Soapbox

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

    by detroitmechworks on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:01:07 PM PST

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