"Be skeptical of concepts that divorce war from its political nature, particularly those that promise fast, cheap victory through technology." – Major General H.R. McMaster - The Pipe Dream of Easy War (via)
I feel a very particular sort of loathing for those that clamor for war while harboring delusions of sterility, stoicism and brevity. Those who divorce their position once the well-documented history of what it means to conduct warfare, the ignominy and viscera, becomes the well-documented present. Shame on anyone that waves the flag and shouts ‘bring ‘em on!’ while completely ignorant the definition of “sucking chest wound” and “collateral damage.”
There are things worth the ghastly sacrifice and horror of war. There are practical realities that necessitate their violent defense. The decision to kill in order to safeguard those tenets or to shy away from such a commitment should never be made by people who knows as much about warfare as I know about neurosurgery.
From 2007-2010, Eagles cheerleader Rachel Washburn stood on the Eagles sidelines watching all of the different battles play out between the white lines at Lincoln Financial Field. Just a few years later, Rachel was no longer standing outside the lines. She had traded in her midnight green Vera Wang-designed cheerleader uniform for army fatigues. Rachel left Philadelphia to serve in Afghanistan as a member of the United States Army. At tonight’s game, 1st Lt. Rachel Washburn returned to Lincoln Financial Field honored as the Eagles “Hometown Hero.”
The folks at Abu Ghraib not only failed to provide any intel of value, they turned the entire Sunni population against us. Meanwhile, we were getting actionable intel by giving detainees Skittles and a cup of coffee.
In the series Limit Telephotography, Trevor Paglen adapted the super-strength telescopes, normally used to shoot distant planets, to reveal top-secret U.S. governmental sites, sometimes 65 miles away from his camera; covert bases, so remote they cannot be seen by an unaided civilian eye from any point on Earth.