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The Olde Tyme Military

Lt. Colonel Bob Bateman is subbing for Eric at Altercation and he displays his old school attitude about the officers who failed to investigate Haditha.

He also links to a Washington Post op-ed piece, It’s Our Cage, Too, by retired Generals Krulak and Hoar. Charles C. Krulak was commandant of the Marine Corps from 1995 to 1999. Joseph P. Hoar was commander in chief of U.S. Central Command from 1991 to 1994.

They explain why anything that might be considered torture is wrong for the military and wrong for the country. They are not happy about the current leadership, and what it has done to the military.


1 Steve Bates { 05.18.07 at 1:48 am }

They are not happy about the current leadership, and what it has done to the military.

Nor am I, and I’m about as nonmilitary as it gets. I’m just a citizen with opinions on the legitimate purposes of the military. Abuse of civilians, or torture of anyone (combatant or otherwise), is not among those legitimate purposes. The “olde tyme military” is the proper military of a free society; the Shrub administration has completely misconstrued (to put it kindly) the reasons we have armed forces in the first place. Kudos to Krulak and Hoar for recognizing that. And thanks for the link to the op-ed.

(Orange-brown for selected text… all this brown reminds me of… something…)

2 Bryan { 05.18.07 at 10:03 am }

Krulak is very old line. His dad, LTG Victor Krulak USMC, wrote op-eds for the San Diego Union Tribune after he retired and was the force behind the “Spreading Inkblot Theory” for fighting in Vietnam.

Both generals have no problem using force, but when and where it’s appropriate.

Not that anyone seems to care, but there is absolutely no evidence that torture has ever been successful, none. All of the “so-called” evidence of success is related to “stopping operations” that may never have existed in reality, and all of the details are classified. I have a feeling the “operations” are of the Miami Mutant Ninja Haitian or Ft. Dix Mutant Paint-ball Albanian variety.