It seems to me that this is much ado about nothing.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
Depends on the situation. If a female soldier is, for example, hobnobbing with youngsters in a school classroom, then such a farce may be beneficial in a superficial way. But out in the suck, screw the frigging hijab nonsense.
אשכנזי היהודי • Белый Россию
Many US soldiers (especially spec ops) have been growing beards to gain the trust of the local populace.
This isn't a one way street issue.
Besides the article specifically says "encouraged" not "required".
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow