how the NSA made Gmail unpatriotic

NOTE: This post is seriously off-topic for this blog; but it is a subject upon which I regularly get questioned by friends and family...so I'm posting it here for public discussion. Twenty-one years ago, I took the following oath of office as a new basic cadet at the U…

The RPA 'Double-Tap': Ethical Engagement or Moral Monster?

After what seems like forever, my Air Force-sponsored master's thesis is completed, graded, and now released to the world or whomever is interested... Title:  The RPA 'Double-Tap':  Ethical Engagement or Moral Monster Abstract: The ethical philosophy known as the Just War tradition (JWT) has governed the use and restraint of…

consumed with legality while ignoring morality

We live in a society where questions of legality abound and questions of morality are all but ignored.  When deciding a course of action, we have little hesitation about asking "Is it legal?" but typically fail to ask "Is it right?"  A recent example comes from the leaked DOJ memo…

On Sending Folks to War

[Last Friday I had the privilege of seeing one of our Texas Air National Guard units off to war.  For their security and that of their families I won't mention the unit name, deployed locations, dates, etc.] At once, I have the strangest and most wonderful "job" in the military…

Dehumanization and its Effects on Society

Over the weekend, NPR ran a story/review of Jonathon Littell's book, The Kindly Ones, which they describe as "the fictional first-person memoir of a cultured German who loves Bach, cherishes great literature — and also happens to be a former Nazi exterminator."  Interestingly, the writeup on NPR's website focuses on…

A True American Hero

Today, a bit of history about a true American hero... 2nd Lt. Robert E. Femoyer earned the Medal of Honor as a B-24 Liberator navigator Nov. 2, 1944, during a mission over Germany . Despite being severely wounded, he remained at his station for two-and-half hours so that he could guide…

Thoughts on the War in Iraq...

I have deliberately kept this blog apolitical in the past, and I'm not intending to make this a political arena now, but there is something I noticed in the debates last week that all the presidential candidates on both sides of the fence fail to understand: The war in Iraq…