A surprising number of Medals of Honor have been awarded for disobeying an order. For example: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Technician Fifth Grade Lewis R. Hall, United States Army, for gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond […]
You are told that an artillery barrage will begin at 5am and last for ten minutes, after which you are to attack and hold the enemy’s trench. Under no circumstances are you to advance beyond that trench until you receive further instructions. At the appointed time, your regiment scrambles across no-man’s-land and takes the objective […]
I should not be surprised that it would be a historian.
This review of Storm of Steel, which seems utterly deaf to the spirit of the book, to Junger’s later observation that “[w]hat doesn’t kill me makes me stronger; and what kills me makes me incredibly strong,” in many ways typifies what I find so dismaying about our contemporary culture, and certainly the Vietnam generation.
The difference between the scent of vanilla extract without alcohol and vanilla extract with it. The difference between modernity and real life.
At least WMD was kind of a new idea. But mystery attacks on boats? Can they not spell Tonkin? Maine? Meanwhile, our real adversaries advance.
From the pathetic tenor of the American response today, I should think that, if the Russians were in fact not just to scare an American cruiser into slamming on the brakes–itself a shameful thing–but to sink one, that there would be no American military action in retaliation. We would lodge a formal protest. We would […]
The fly behind the window pane,Would seem to struggle free in vain.But struggles only she with me,And does so very powerfully.It’s help she needs from me or death,She lacking human cleverness.But if I fling the door ajar,I now become her avatar.She my queen and I her slave,She my column’s architrave.Could God have made a mind […]
The jellyfish swims in a vinegar sea, It grateful to me for its acidity. The soil of the tundra now welcomes the worm, Released from the frost that once packed it too firm. Oil men, great powers, and baby gray whales, Rejoice that in winter the arctic now sails. ‘Twixt the short and the long […]
You draw what you see. And what you see is almost entirely engineered by humans. Therefore, almost all of what you draw is design. We create our own subjects, and then draw them over and again. The same is true, even, of our landscapes, which almost always show lands shaped by cultivation, almost never the […]