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War with all its barbarity, cruelty and crudeness comes to Main Street compliments of YouTube and the U.S. Marines…. what now?

January 27, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant This is about an incident of war; an incident in which four U.S. Marines decided to outrage the vulnerable corpses of some of their tenacious Taliban foes, dead in the dust at their feet. Such incidents — and many worse — have always been a part of war… But such incidents …

‘For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the repeated risk of his life…’ Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer… recipient of the Medal of Honor. True grit.

August 18, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. For this article, there is only one song that will do: the Marines’ Hymn of the United States Marine Corps with its revered and unmistakable opening line, “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli”. Given that it’s one of the signature songs of the nation …

U.S. Marine Sergeant William Woitowicz. Dead too soon at 23 in ‘the place where the winds arise’. June 7, 2011.

June 20, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, Life

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s note. This is a sombre article on a sombre subject. I have chosen the deeply moving music “Swing low, sweet chariot” to set the mood. There are many fine versions of this well-known tune written by Wallis Willis in 1862. I have chosen the one by Kevin Maynor. You will …

"I wonder who’s kissing him now." Marine Commandant General James Amos’ inconvenient jeremiads on "Don’t ask, don’t tell."

December 16, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, Life

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant The winds of change are blowing through the militaryestablishment. It is clear that openly gay service personnelare an inevitability and that “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is on itsway out. These days Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a mantrusted by both political parties and the service chiefs,has a message for them all: if …