Tuesday, August 02, 2005

I Am a "Staff Puke"...

...and I was one during the war. So if this is true, I'm irritated. I normally don't blog too much about politics, but unlike the radio host in question, I volunteered for combat--several times. I ended up on a staff. So I'm a war veteran, but not a close-combat veteran. It is a distinction that means something to warriors, but it is our distinction, not the pundit's. Paul Hackett, regardless of whether you agree with his political stance, deserves better.

Is this what we've come to in this country? Are we happy with this state of affairs?

5 Comments:

At August 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At August 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tne Army needs good staff officers. There is nothing to be ashamed of.

The Imperial German Army looked for three kinds of officers.

Brilliant and hard working. They made good staff officers.

Brilliant and lazy. They made good commanders.

Hard working and stupid. They were shot

 
At August 03, 2005, Blogger J. said...

I also resemble that remark. Being a "staff puke" doesn't protect you any less in the TOC.

What's the difference between the Hindenberg and Limbaugh? One's a flaming gasbag and the other's a dirigible.

 
At August 04, 2005, Blogger armynurseboy said...

Looking at your "roadmap" slides, I would never have guessed you being on staff.... ;o)

 
At August 07, 2005, Anonymous Retired Army Guy said...

Chuckle. For Limbaugh to use the term "staff puke" is laughable, once one knows his background. A boil on his butt kept him from being the hero he and his listeners have always known he is from serving in any capacity in any branch of the armed services. Limbaugh is the poster child for the term "chicken hawk."

And of course for a Navy lieutenant to disparage the service of any Marine Corps officer is the height of chutzpah. With the exception of SEALs and aviators (sometimes), Navy officers have a premature death expectancy about the same as those of any other upper-middle-class yuppie in our society. So I would think this particular officer isn't worth listening to.

As one who's been both a "staff puke" and who's also thrown the epitaph the other way, I suggest you take this for what it's worth: nothing. We all serve where needed; this is the nature of the military. Further, don't be in a great rush to get into combat. It's not all that great.

 

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