Sunday, November 27, 2005

Privatizing our Honor out of Existence

AmericaBlog hits this one out of the ballpark, regarding the apparent suicide of military ethicist Col. Ted Westhusing:

wrote Lt. Col. Lisa Breitenbach, "He could not shift his mind-set from the military notion of completing a mission irrespective of cost, nor could he change his belief that doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do should be the sole motivator for businesses."

Lt. Col. Lisa Breitenbach is the one with the problem, not Westhusing. Our military is not intended to work for profit of private corporations - its purpose is to support U.S. foreign policy with force.

Our military is our *military*. Our businesses are our businesses. They serve different goals. (And, while I'm pointing out the obvious, our state is our state and our churches are our churches.)

They're not *supposed* to be the same.

When Honor Is No Longer Possible: A Nation Beyond Forgiveness, by Arthur Silber. Longer, more eloquent. Worth reading. So, go read it.