Tagged: military

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James Mattis Resigns as Secretary of Defense

Thursday evening President Trump tweeted out that Secretary of Defense James Mattis would be retiring. Soon after, the former general’s own letter announcing his departure became public, and it is clear Mattis resigned among differences with the administration.

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On Wanting To Serve

Your lack of service does not make you a lesser citizen or unworthy of respect. Your success is not tainted by what you think is a catastrophic failure.

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Space War

Space Corps is coming. And when it does, it may never leave the ground.

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First Quarter 2012 GDP At 2.2%

News on the economy today and it’s looking increasingly like the happy surprises which characterized the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 were  aberrations.

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Should The US Bring Back The Draft?

Tom Ricks thinks so: Since the end of the military draft in 1973, every person joining the U.S. armed forces has done so because he or she asked to be there. Over the past...

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Does America Need a Draft? Hell No.

Tom Ricks says we need a draft. This is nonsense.  If we want to prevent stupid wars, make the country pay for them. Since the end of the military draft in 1973, every person...

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Draft Protests

Perhaps it’s best to think of our historical opposition to war not as war protest but as draft protest. I’ve been reading Jerome Marmorstein’s “War As a Disease Epidemic” lately with a student I...

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The World American Dysfunction Made

Military policy is one of those subjects that requires certain bona fides to discuss them with any level of sophistication.  It crosses history, sociology, military history and strategy, each of which is a serious...

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Shooting at Ft. Hood Army Base

The numbers of dead and wounded are different according to the source, but it looks like American soldiers opened fire on other soldiers at a Texas Army base.  According to the New York Times:

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The Business of Conflict

“When conflict becomes a business, a nation’s business becomes conflict. When mighty industries are built on war, only a fool will expect peace.” –Philip Primeau Philip’s larger point – that a privatized national defense,...

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re:ratiocination: mexican drug insurgency edition

C. Augustin Dierkes post on the Mexican drug war to me highlighted one of the many downsides to the drug war, one which happens to be among the more distressing changes in American life...