I'm phobically allergic to the conservative Republican types the military is rife with, but I've only been in country four months and already I hate liberals.
At first I though he was being smarmily sarcastic but 'twould appear otherwise; he is careful to tell us "The U.S. is an empire" and "I don't think we should be here [Iraq]." ...And then proceeds to relate,
One thing I learned quickly is that the military's officer corps is filled with the best of America's minds--kids that aced their college entrance exams, were the captains of their ball teams, and had to be nominated by senators to go to the schools they did. These are the guys (along with their much more experienced superiors) that are deciding strategy--and they're fucking smart.
I did not think there were any real journalists remaining, the old-school kind, clear-eyed despite professing political views I despise. It seems I was wrong -- or at least that some time spent in a war zone with Marines can still open some eyes.