Matters of culture

McQ responded to a Radley Balko post that smelled much like the fantasy reality many on the left have built about their image of the U.S. military (Hyperbole and stereotyping detract from Balko’s point). It is the image of the military as composed of mind numbed robots who are simply parts of a big government machine.

Balko’s characterization of the Army is a bleak stereotype of an amoral institution which has no basis in fact.

This matter of culture is highlighted by observations of the recent behavior of British sailors after capture by Iran (It is a matter of culture).

One of the striking things about the British hostage situation that has caused so many American veterans (and active duty members) to react with a level of shock is the apparent speed in which the hostages cooperated with the Iranians. As I’ve been theorizing, some of that has to do with a lack of training.

But I think some of it may also have to do with the culture of the present British military. And I say this after googling “British military code of conduct” and being unable to find anything. I had no problem finding the US Code of Conduct for members of the military.

What you will see if you read the U.S. Military Code of Conduct is a value based guide, not a set of orders. The guide presumes soldiers that will exercise effective judgment and be able to act independently in a responsible manner. It is just those characteristics that make the U.S. military so effective.

But, no matter the reality, there are many on the left whose view of the military side of life is tainted. They excuse their rants as just a bit of misplaced hyperbole when called but that does not change the fact that matters of honor, duty, loyalty, and pride are fundamental factors in the U.S. military and what made the behavior of the British sailors remarkable in a negative manner by comparison.

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