For all the dissimilarities, botched analogies, and tortured comparisons, there has been one connecting thread in Washington’s foreign wars of the last half century that, in recent years at least, Americans have seldom found of the slightest interest: misery for local nationals. Civilian suffering is, in fact, the defining characteristic of modern war in general, even if only rarely discussed in the halls of power or the mainstream media.
"It’s because we’ve had separate classes of military personnel," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "The more we can treat people equally, the more likely they are to treat each other equally."
"Dr. King would be proud to see our Global Strike team — comprised of Airmen, civilians and contractors from every race, creed, background and religion — standing side-by-side ensuring the most powerful weapons in the U.S. arsenal remain the credible bedrock of our national defense."
"Soldiers of the Third Infantry Regiment continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Monday morning, despite the worsening weather conditions surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The tomb has been guarded continuously since 1948."
Also, in his retirement, this general runs his own Leadership Institute and Museum out of a Hobart, Oklahoma, storefront. And he would like to sell you some “high performing mother cows” from his ranch, online at 4StarRanch.net. So you know he’s good.
A 68-page trove of internal emails obtained by Mother Jones shows that when Mitt Romney was given permission to speak on foreign policy at Virginia Military Institute, his campaign pushed VMI on multiple fronts to break its political neutrality, and VMI pushed back.
Members of Romney’s staff sought to use the VMI logo in their campaign materials, requested that uniformed cadets be let out of class early to attend Romney’s speech, and asked VMI “to select a few cadet veterans and give them a place of honor” standing behind Romney during his address. (VMI refused.)
"I am very concerned about this," VMI’s top ethics officer wrote to her colleagues on the eve of the speech. "This is a campaign speech, arranged by a political campaign."
"The wrongdoing, most of which has not been previously disclosed, was concentrated among military recruiters who often visit high schools in search of teenage recruits. National Guard investigators found that non-commissioned officers, known as NCOs, engaged in sexual misconduct, collected recruiting fees to which they were not entitled, forged Guard documents, and committed other offenses such as hunting the homeless with paintball guns."
For many of us, 50 years is long before we were born. For others, the Cuban Missile Crisis seems like a time long past. And yet, one of the best ways to make sure that this scary moment in history is never repeated is to make sure we educate ourselves about just what happened. Test your knowledge of the Cuban Missile Crisis with our fun online quiz.