Studies in Military History

| June 11, 2007

One of the persistent myths with which the barking moonbat left comforts itself is that the military largely comprises low-IQ, knuckle-dragging grunts wearing tattoos that say “Kill them all…” without the “…and let God sort them out” punchline, men and women who lack any understanding of history, culture, or context.

I wonder if any of said moonbats owns, much less had read, even a single book on the required reading list set forth by Lt. General James Mattis for all Marines and Sailors deploying to the USCENTCOM Area of Responsibility, with the list growing ever longer as you rise in rank and with additional reading depending upon your specific area of deployment. To quote Lt. Gen. Mattis:

Commander’s Intent: The Global War on Terrorism is a long war, and as such we need to continue our preparation to be engaged in all aspects of this war. For our current fights the MARCENT Reading List provides a collection of readings to be read dependent upon your grade and how long you have before deploying. Whether part of a unit or an individual augment, my intent is to prepare you for the operational, tactical, cultural and environmental factors affecting your specific fight. This reading list is not all inclusive and your local command may require you to accomplish other tasks in preparation for deployment as well. All of these actions will ensure we send educated, well-trained and properly prepared Marines into the fight. Turn-to, get it done, you and your Marines will be better for your efforts.

I’m embarrassed to say that I only own a half a dozen or so of the books on the list.

My son Jon will be heading over to Iraq in February or so; he’s got some serious reading ahead of him. Me, too.

Hat tip to Jules Crittenden. ..bruce..

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Category: Geopolitics, History, Main, Military, US Politics

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. bhenderson says:

    It’s amazing the kind of bigotry that can exist in the information age. It is not just a “them” issue, in my own family I have heard what I would term unkind words about military service. Remarks that it’s “good for kids who can’t make it in college”.

    As a former Marine, garage shop crackpot, software engineer and scratch builder of electronic circuits – I have to laugh at such comments. How did it come that a growing chorus of citizens have so little understanding and appreciation for the best our country has to offer?