A Message to Pershing

What do we want from our young leaders? Should they speak truth to power, or salute and move out? We cannot demand both.

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Review – The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-day Sacrifice by Alex Kershaw

The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-day Sacrifice. by Alex Kershaw. MJF Books, 2003. ISBN: 978-1-60671-135-4. 274 pages. In The Bedford Boys, Alex Kershaw tells the story of one Virginia National Guard infantry company that was virtually wiped out on D-Day. Because of the extraordinary sacrifice of the small town of Bedford, Virginia, it was …

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Review – Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Daniel Bolger. Kindle Edition, 565 pages. Published November 11, 2014 by Mariner Books. ASIN: B00KEWAP04 I first published this on Goodreads back in 2014. Someone recently liked it, and the notification caused me to go back and reread it. I'm a …

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Review – WAR

WAR by Sebastian Junger. Kindle Edition, 297 pages Published May 11th 2010 by Twelve (first published 2010) ASIN B0035II95C Sebastian Junger's WAR is the best encapsulation of America's wars at the dawn of the 21st century from the soldier's point of view. Period. I never experienced the sort of intense, sustained, infantry combat that Battle …

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The Challenges of the “Warrior Ethos”

As the Army continues its struggle to imbue a "warrior ethos" while simultaneously battling suicide, PTSD, disciplinary infractions, domestic abuse, and the like, it raises a question as to whether the Army's senior leaders have considered the implications of their paradigm. Historically, the warrior is not a disciplined team member, but a killer seeking individual …

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