- 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.
Chaplains are not priests (or imams, or rabbis), they are counselors. I imagine they are versed in wiccan and would do further research for an individual. IIRC, chaplains do not need to be a specific religion to provide guidence regarding that religion.
Whether SSM should be allowed or not aside. I have a question.
How do you allows "SOME" chaplans to perform SSM that want too and not have the rest perform it. Another words if Im stationed in Guam and my Chaplan does not and the chaplan in California does. I cant but troops assigned there can. The military doesnt and has not ever operated like that.
In the military its all or nothing, thats the way it has to be. General orders are just that, orders for everyone. You cant have one base doing what another base is not, that would be a drag on moral.
The military is not about individuals its about the entire force.
Last edited by lpast; 05-10-11 at 04:36 AM. Reason: Typos
Because other events around the same time proved him unfit?