Nov 1, 2011 at 01:43:53
“A truly great teacher and friend to many. Thomas was humble about his writing " A Blue Fire" James had very nice words about it. It was the first book I bought after meeting James the first time. Thank you Thomas for the realism in presenting this tribute. Many of us owe a great deal to James and his wittisms, along with his genus left in his writings.
hp blogger Thomas Moore on Nov 1, 2011 at 07:30:38
“Thank you, Chuck. I'd like to see remembrances like this from many who met James.”
“Main Entry: war•rior
Pronunciation: \ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər, ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər\
"In 1942, our army cited the "warring passion" of the Japanese as a weakness, one that inhibited their mastery of "the craft of arms."
I am confused here, you are/was an Officer in the U.S. Air force and do not recognize the historical concept of making the Japanese less than human. To foster the belief in U.S. Troops that their training would make them a better fighting man. That the U.S. military did not stoop to deliberate manipulation of the minds of their forces, that they were better human beings and therefore would prevail in combat?
We (You and I) want the people in harms way to have every concept described in the definition of warrior. We recruit them as any corporation does, based on their ability to do the job we require. In the military to wit "I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Citizen-soldiers, Citizen-airmen, Citizen sailors, are no longer correct terms. Members of the Armed Forces, is the correct designation.
JanP on Jul 31, 2010 at 07:14:56
“I suggest that you read the book "Fly Boys" about the aid war in the Pacific.
Many Japnese officers exectued captives in the Pacific and in China (maybe elsewhere too, but not mentioned) and engaged in ritual cannibalism, preferrign to eat the liver of the capitves.
When Doolittle's raiders symbolically bombed Tokyo they landed in china. Soem of the chinese helped the airmen. Japan retaliated by murdering, brutally, 250,000 chinese.
A many who worked for my father in the 40's and 50's, Al Warren, survived the Bataan death march.
Is that behavior human or less than human?”
michelesda on Jul 31, 2010 at 05:33:08
“"Deliberate manipulation of the minds" of our forces is just what we're doing when we inculcate into their heads the mystique that they are "warriors." To be a "citizen soldier" is to acknowledge warfare as a necessary evil, to take up arms and do one's job when necessary, then beat one's sword back into a plowshare when it is not. What we seem to be doing is making the same mistake as Rome, of transitioning from a republic to an empire, and the transition from "citizen soldier" to "warrior," as if to make a virtue of that necessity, is part of that process. Chances are the culprit here, whether as symptom or disease, is the changing mentality of our culture over time in keeping with fantasy interactive video, role playing games, fantasy media, etc., where the business at hand is not about self-discipline and getting a job done so much as about assuming an avatar role, striking a pose and cloaking whatever we are doing in a fantasy bumpersticker mystique, whether it be our job, our patriotism, our religion, our militarism, our politics, whatever. It seems to me that this kind of magical thinking is increasingly characteristic of the Right.”
“Don't know who you are, or your history, but bear in mind, MIGs were not flown by North Koreans, rather Chinese forces, as was those forces that over ran U.S. positions. It appears you have little knowledge or understanding of what being a warrior is. "Long In The Tooth" indicates you also do not know the depth of feeling veterans have for their comrades, it is much different than loyalty to the Dear Old Alma Mater, or rooting for a sports team. That camaraderie is in the comment "Air Force Wuss", Navy Puke, Jarhead, Grunt, 11Bravo, and Ground Pounders, you appear to disparage,and numerous other names those
that have served use. Those F4Us were obsolete, but they were flown irrespective of MIGs , ground fire, or weather. Equipment available is the responsibility of those that choose to send troops in harms way. As a veteran I resent your offhand "thanks" for anyone that served in Korea. You have no idea!
healthanalyst on Aug 1, 2010 at 02:56:48
“You got more than a bit of ground support from some USAF, Aussie and NZ F-51s also.
Now we can blame the Army for splitting your forces and having a mountain range so you couldn't link up between the East and West pincers when you went to the Yalu.
But, I'll agree, warriors turned into cannon fodder. Call it an advance in another direction, but warrioring got a lot of people killed.”
editorjuno on Jul 31, 2010 at 14:53:28
“Actually, MIGs were flown by North Korean, Chinese, and Soviet pilots. I don't claim to know anything about what it's like to be in ground combat, just as you have no idea what it's like to pilot tons of hurtling metal at 600+ MpH over enemy airspace. "Long in the tooth" just means elderly and therefore presumably mature -- and I have no doubt that living and dying together under fire has no resemblance to school or sports loyalty. I didn't hear any "comradery" in the comment to which I replied -- just disdain for someone who served but wasn't a Marine and didn't buy into "the warrior ethos" touted by the Corps. I'm in no position to disparage anyone who served -- I'm just plain grateful they did, even though (since I wasn't there, being a little kid at time) I "have no idea!"”
Thank you for your book, and thank you for continuing the work of helping the women service members. Your book came out at a time when I was trying to address the effects these wars would have on our troops, in particular the women serving in the war zone.
I have used your book repeatedly and reccommended it each time I have done a presentation.
You are indeed a truth teller for women service members.
It is indeed difficult to get the populace concerned about the effect of combat, or simply serving in ther Sandbox.
The brutal fact is the women of the armed forces are not accorded the recognition thet desirve, because they are mostly enlisted Youger women, except for those serving in guard units. As far as I can descern, even the female members of both houses do not make a priority of protecting the feminie in the forces.
Even when writing or emailing the representatives in congress, only pablm replies are received. On Whidbey Island Washington, several concerned veterans and famly members have formed a Veterans Resource Center, and are working to inform the public and service members, there is indeed those of us who do care, and are working as you are to address the needs of those who have served. Again, I commend your for your perservance and courage in your work and life. An extermly Thankfull male veteran.