The Atlantic continues to proudly publish the work of the most senseless and therefore fit for the job. And the reason everyone sees the work is because the Atlantic and Google are engaged in eyeball
prostitution and news search poisoning.
Today, for The Atlantic, someone named Colin Daileda reflects on why the military is so unrepresentative, something everyone else pretty much figured out twenty years ago. The average college student isn’t high on joining the service for endless wars, the environment does not hold the military in high regard.
Daileda never gets around to the obvious. There must be some other obscure reason the military is not particularly representative of US life in the officer corps. Nope, not about college being a broadening education not conducive, even antithetical, to inculcating an interest in militarism and military leadership. For this piece, it’s all about the difficulty of having a fraternal ROTC experience if you’re a day student.
He starts with the howler:
Big-city campuses once produced superstars like Colin Powell.
Powell, a superstar. Now famous for being famous, and the most famously wrong Secretary of State in current history. Someone who still hasn’t explained his lack of backbone during the Bush administration but who has seen his career and reputation, except as a Zig Ziglar-style motivational speaker for stupid people easily parted with their money, go down in flames as a consequence.
Here’s an excerpt from Powell’s more recent work. Go ahead, sneer.