The Rabbi’s Beard

A Chabad rabbi was accepted as a chaplain in the Army Reserve, but the acceptance letter was rescinded the next day because he has a beard. The Army has granted beard waivers for others, but is apparently saying he would have to shave first and then ask for a waiver. This is ridiculous.

Kinda late, don’t you think?

It seems military personnel who are not citizens will get that citizenship if they die in Iraq. This is twisted. They don’t get a reward for their service–only if they die.

Playing Soldier

Now touring the US: The Virtual Army Experience–a video game on steroids, where you get to play soldier in the War on Terror without getting hurt. We saw the set up at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo the other day, but didn’t go in. I was curious, but my kids had no interest. I…

Jan Paulsen Reaffirms Adventist Noncombatant Position

Jan Paulsen, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has reaffirmed the church’s historic noncombatant position. Via Tim. Clear Thinking about Military Service. The historic position of our church regarding service in the armed forces was clearly expressed some 150 years ago—very early on in our history, against the background of the American Civil…

Changes Coming to Walter Reed

The Army will be instituting major changes at WRAMC in the wake of the scandal regarding the medical holding unit. The Army can bring justice to high ranking officials and positive change swiftly, when it wants to.

Walter Reed’s Shame

I spent two and a half months at Walter Reed twenty years ago. Yikes, how time flies! Now, the place is in the news for scandalous warehousing of combat veterans. Another example of stupidity on the part of civilian bureacrats who didn’t count the cost before going to war? Partly. Yet this kind of thing…

Futility?

fu·til·i·ty (fyū-tĭl‘ĭ-tē) n., pl. -ties. The quality of having no useful result; uselessness. Lack of importance or purpose; frivolousness. A futile act. Clint Eastwood says he made his Iwo Jima movies to show the futility of war. He says he wanted to show we are all the same. Perhaps Mr. Eastwood didn’t pay attention to…

Defining Torture

Driving out the Snakes gives us some very easy to understand definitions of torture and what is acceptable and unacceptable treatment of enemy prisoners. Bottom line: “If you treat them as you would like to be treated were you captured or detained, then you will be treating them humanely.” On interrogation: If you suspect a…