Thursday, October 28, 2010

Explaining US Military's Cultural Divide

By Paul R. Pillar
October 28, 2010

An op-ed by Diane Mazur, a law professor at the University of Florida, addresses an infrequently discussed aspect of civil-military relations in the United States: the status of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, which are missing from a good many elite colleges and universities in the Northeast, and specifically in the Ivy League.

Read on.

1 comment:

boxer said...

Mazur, are you one of those professors Discussed on C-SPAN book review this past weekend. The title was HIGHER EDUCATION?. The two authors, writers and professors both I believe, put forth the premise that many of their ilk were elitist do nothings. Who used adjucts to teach their classes and didn't read their students papers, leaving it to imported poorly paid teachers, many of whom spoke such poor english that students could barely understand them. If you are not one of these tenured snobs, forgive my insinuation.
I ask because I don't want any military near any students, on or near campus. If the military was a ligitimate defensive entity conforming to standards of propriety as set forth in the Geneva convention, then maybe.
But it holds a key position in the ruthless capitalist military-industrial complex the great and honorable Gen. Dwight Eisenhower warned us about. Now if HE or his equal were in charge, no problem.
I agree those who've been in combat are less likely to promote and instigate a war, as that human turd gw bush did, may he be tried and hanged as a war criminal. But career generals like Patreaus and Powell become willing accomplices, just following orders, as the Nazis said at Nuremburg. They love to wage war anyway, that's what this nation is all about, waging wars without accountability to expand capitalism, oh sorry DEMOCKRACY, to all and for the good of all (corporations).
So take that claptrap premise to a right wing website. Good day madam.
I'm a 1967 draftee/veteran 139769.