The Horrors! West Point 2014 Graduates Must Advance Careers Without Combat Deployment!
Oh, the poor class of 2014 at the United States Military Academy! This morning’s New York Times brings us the tragic news that this year’s class graduating from West Point must somehow find a way to advance their military careers without being deployed to a combat zone. What could our politicians be thinking to so senselessly deprive our “best and brightest” the chance to get those colorful “coveted combat patches on their uniforms”? Why did they pass up the chance to invade Syria? Can’t they send troops quickly to Ukraine? Get with it, Washington, these poor cadets need you:
For the first time in 13 years, the best and the brightest of West Point’s graduating class will leave this peaceful Hudson River campus bound for what are likely to be equally peaceful tours of duty in the United States Army.
“It started to hit home last year, when we started considering what we really wanted to do, and realized that there’s a much more limited opportunity to deploy,” said Charles Yu, who is majoring in American politics and Chinese. Cadet Yu, who will graduate this spring, is going into military intelligence in South Korea, where he hopes to get experience helping to manage the long-running conflict between North and South Korea. He will work at Camp Red Cloud near the demilitarized zone, or, as he put it, “as close as you can get to the DMZ.”
For Cadet Yu and the rest of the class of about 1,100 cadets, there may be few, if any, coveted combat patches on their uniforms to show that they have gone to war. Many of them may not get the opportunity to one day recall stories of heroism in battle, or even the ordinary daily sacrifices — bad food, loneliness, fear — that bind soldiers together in shared combat experience.
The end of the war in Iraq and the winding down of the war in Afghanistan mean that the graduates of the West Point class of 2014 will have a more difficult time advancing in a military in which combat experience, particularly since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been crucial to promotion. They are also very likely to find themselves in the awkward position of leading men and women who have been to war — more than two million American men and women have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan — when they themselves have not.
But buck up, young soldiers! There is precedent for how to advance your careers in such desperate times:
Two months after graduation, Petraeus married Holly Knowlton, a graduate of Dickinson College and daughter of Army General William Knowlton, who was superintendent of West Point at the time.
Get on it, soldiers! I don’t know their marital status or ages, but it appears that the current commandant has both a son and a daughter, so choose your target appropriately.
The US doesn’t really need a standing army. That’s obvious, and so the NYTimes hand-wringing. What are these officers to do?
In fact, as we know, the US standing army has caused extensive human and financial problems, while hurting the country’s standing in the world. Madeleine Albright, former SecState: “What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?”
So its been used by malicious politicians, and people have been used, and thrown away, and now the US has 700,000 veterans in jails and prisons, high military and veteran suicide rates and a problem with sex abuse. The world hates US imperialism, for good reason. It’s unnecessary and destructive.
Another fact — the US Constitution envisions a standing navy but not a full-time active army. It’s Constitutional not to have a standing army–
Article I. – The Legislative Branch
Section 8 – Powers of Congress
–To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
–To provide and maintain a Navy;
Goddammit….where is Tom Lehrer when you need him?
quote:” Tagged ass-kissing little chickenshit,..”unquote
Note to self..file under..
Great Moments in War Criminal Dossiers…
I’ve been snickering since I saw that one.
My hearts bleeds for the ppor, poor graduates … not at all. It’s the same problem faced by many previous classes. If the education they got was any good at all, they should be able to do many things. (I’d remind them that Sherman was a college professor for a while. In Louisiana.)
The link to the New York Times article is not working for me.
Nothing says more clearly the so-called post-9/11 mindset than this NYT article. No longer is it assumed that the purpose of governance, much less government, is peace and prosperity. The elites are not even going through the motions anymore. No pretense of “Duty. Honor. Country”. Now it’s just another career.
Well, jarheads, welcome to the world that IT professionals experienced a decade and a half ago.
What was that saying that the Congress keeps telling the poors? Oh yes, the world doesn’t owe you a living, officer.
There is ‘hope’ for coveted Army combat experience. Obama recently schmoozed with the despotic Saudi king, so together they will keep the al-Qaeda thing going in Syria, Iraq and Africa. Iran is a good prospect too. The Army is working on a way to get onto the Asia-Pacific Express, hitching onto Navy transport. The US is stoking the China threat, and getting closer to beloved Japan. The Russkies are up north by Alaska, and NATO needs more troops in Europe given Ukraine. Then there is the retention of troops in Afghanistan and Special Forces units running wild in many countries. Finally, a new US president may be more aggressive, more likely to commit troops than even Obama.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
quote:”Finally, a new US president may be more aggressive, more likely to commit troops than even Obama.”unquote
There’s no “may” about it anymore. Either a candidate accepts the MIC’s Empire expansion mandate for the presidency, or he’s dead in the water, notwithstanding looking forward..not backward.
Funny, though, that TMCPetraeus could get away with fucking up just about everything assigned to him, until he publicly broke his marriage vows. I guess we know what his real credential was.
Also, to the point to the post: Real Men Go To Africa.