Giving George W. Bush the Sylvanus Thayer Award sends a dismal message that the things he did during his tenure as president are worth emulating.
In his memoir, Carson claimed that he received a full scholarship to the academy, which has no record that he even applied. In fact, West Point does not offer scholarships because there is no tuition -- when students enroll, they enlist in the U.S. Army.
An assistant professor of law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism should be attacked as "treasonous" enemy combatants.
Familiar as America’s most senior military officers may be with the warnings of Thomas Jefferson, they have consistently ignored or misapplied them, facilitating our current state of endless war and national decline.
To listen to the bloviators, “religious extremist” means Muslim, and too many Americans buy in without understanding that this “God is (only) on our side” nonsense infects elements in pretty much every belief system. A mandate from God that the adherents of this particular One True Faith should take over our nation’s institutions? Yup.
In a critique of recent US foreign policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates openly told an audience of West Point cadets that it would be unwise for the nation to venture into another war like Iraq or Afghanistan foreign policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates openly told an audience of West Point cadets that it would be unwise for the nation to venture into another war like Iraq or Afghanistan.
Though the president reiterated his promise of success, the future he outlined at West Point is hard to distinguish from what we have already been through in Iraq, with less than reassuring results.
Eight years ago President George W. Bush went to West Point to declare a new, bomb-a-holic course for American security. Now, President Barack Obama has used the same platform to declare a revised doctrine, one that roots security in diplomatic engagement and international alliances.
In addition to all the other problematic things we might point out about President Obama's West Point speech Tuesday night, there's also the troubling, scheduling-related factoid that the broadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was bumped out in favor of Obama's highly anticipated Afghanistan oration.