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The term "Cultural Studies" has been suffering from dilution for a long time now. But its co-optation by the American military has taken this process to another level:
George Hethcoat, UFMCS operations officer, said the program is about looking at the world through a different set of eyes.

Speaking at Thursday’s ceremony, Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence, said the military has left the era of simple cause and effect analysis.

“This is not point and shoot,” he said. “We are behind that.”

He told the graduates they have to hold assumptions and truisms up to a bright light.

He said understanding things in the proper context becomes an issue of life and death on the battlefield.

That's like tempering a shot of vodka with the contents of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

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flw From: flw Date: May 21st, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You WILL be tolerant of Cultural Variance!

Sir, Yes Sir!

You WILL learn to be sensitive to Historical Identity Issues!

Sir, Yes Sir!

Drop and give me twenty you Maggots!

O... prah!
O... prah!
O... prah!
O... prah!

I could go on, but really, it writes itself...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 21st, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Kim asked me what they would teach in such a curriculum. "How to conquer people and keep them conquered through greater cultural understanding," I replied.
flw From: flw Date: May 22nd, 2006 12:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We have a very paradoxical Military.

Remember that 6 years ago they were trying to refashion the military into what they thought it's twenty-first century role was going to be: doing things like Hurrican Relief, and guarding food shipments. They ran ads in the "Army of One" Campaign that featured grown Hispanic Men in the Army rescuing young Hispanic Boys... the message was clear... No one was there for you, but now you can be there for someone. It was very high-minded stuff. And almost none of the people who join the Military go in thinking, "I am risking my life to defend Capital!" They went in for the best of reasons, so moves like this should be applauded, even though they seem paradoxical.

Remember, before the American Army in World War Two, armies were one thing: Rolling, raping, looting machines. They were filled with raping, murdering thugs who ravaged whatever area they moved through. It was the US Army that taught the world the notion of the Civil Army.

They get blamed for things because they try. You think there are any other militaries out there that are attempting this kind of thing?
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