- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Maj. Dwight Mears, a West Point history professor, manages to intelligently criticize both West Point football and Douglas MacArthur in one op-ed piece.
Good for him. College football today is sick, a major industry that distorts the institutions that host it. The more West Point tries to compete in that world, the more corrupted it and its cadets will be. The superintendent has to decide whether to do the fun thing or the right thing. Is he up to it?
Also, Adrian Bonenberg, a former 82nd Airborne officer who served in Afghanistan, had a good piece wondering why failed generals are being kept in place while successful captains and lieutenants are being let go.