I daydream constantly about moving to Oahu. Amazing fresh fish, tropical climate, endless beaches, the aloha spirit! But as the fantasy becomes more and more real, fears creep in and my mind whirls with questions.
I traveled with IUP's ROTC to Camp Dawson to act as a journalist embedded into a military unit. Four of my staff members and I ate with the cadets, slept in the same barracks as the cadets and, in some cases, attempted to participate in the same activities.
Private military and security contractors are the military's equivalent of the American Express card: it cannot go to war without them. Of course, as anyone who has ever used one knows, every credit card is a problem if you use it too much.
I predict that ROTC on campus will lead to more and better understanding of what is at stake at our current political crossroads where the only people who may unabashedly talk about serving the public are wearing uniforms.
Veterans play a special role. In a time when the American public is losing trust in our country's institutions, veterans represent a level of loyalty and integrity they don't find in other parts of our society.
Obama proposed a number of ideas last night, amongst the continuation of themes or policies he has pushed previously. The following are the proposals that stuck out as being truly new ideas for him, and thus worth examining.
If we can prohibit ROTC cadets from reading material from WikiLeaks, what would stop us from prohibiting students from, for example, reading material critical of U.S. military actions in Iraq or Vietnam?