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Would you be interested in a magazine about the history of the U.S. military in Kansas?

Asked at Tower Plaza, 2540 Iowa on November 29, 2004

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“Yes, I would, but that’s because I love history. I’m interested in the contributions Kansas has made to the U.S. military.”

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“I don’t subscribe to any magazines, so probably not. I guess if I was into that, it would be interesting.”

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“I would like to see that. I would be interested to see what part Kansas has played in the history of the military.”

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“Probably not. It sounds like a good magazine, but the subject isn’t of any personal interest to me.”


lunacydetector 13 years, 5 months ago

A book would be better than a magazine. From General Custer at Ft. Leavenworth to Eisenhower, MacArthur, Patton, Powell, Schwartzkopf etc. All the big generals have studied here. Then we have Ft. Riley, and McConnell AFB, Forbes Field.

The Spanish Flu that killed millions of people originated outside of Ft. Riley, due to some military carrier pigeons spreading the disease to the barracks.

Nope, a book would be better.

badger 13 years, 5 months ago

You're right, goatdog, murder is murder.

However, with a few regrettable and tragic exceptions, I fail to see how the military has anything to do with murder. I know that a few well-publicized historical events, such as My Lai, and some more recent events like Abu Ghraib, have given the military a bad reputation, but those are the actions of a few out of millions.

It is foolish in the extreme to think that a nation of this size and scope could have survived past its barest beginnings without a strong and dedicated military. I may have a lot of issues with the deployment and activities of our military in the last half-century, but only the extremely naive would think we as a nation could survive without it.

A very wise man once said, "I'll never tell you not to speak against your government, or the military, or your country. However, remember that a lot of very good men and women died so that you could have that right, and when you spend their blood on words, make it count for something. Don't just waste it."

I know that it's fashionable right now to hate the military, and it's pretty easy to sit in the relative safety and comfort of the middle of an enormous landmass and throw around words like 'murder' and 'killers', but it's also really shortsighted and kind of ignorant.

If you weren't making the comparison between serial killers and the military as a judgment on the military, and I misread your statement, I apologise for my misunderstanding. But statements that imply that are a tender topic for me. In addition to having a number of close friends and family members in military service, I also am of the firm belief that too many people don't understand exactly how much others have given so they can spout off about their opinions. Visit Arlington, Flanders, or Normandy for perspective on that.

badger 13 years, 5 months ago

Note for the coffee folk:

I sent out an email over the weekend regarding the scheduling of the meeting. If you didn't get it, let me know. We need to choose a locale and confirm the time and such.


Fangorn 13 years, 5 months ago

LD is right. A book is a better idea. I'd buy it. But I don't think there are enough current, on-going issues that appeal to a broad audience to sustain a magazine.

Badger- As a member of the military, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your response above. Remembering goatdog's past posts, I don't believe you misread the intent of the remark. Both literally and figuratively, it is harder to stand and face an enemy when it doesn't seem safe to leave your back exposed to the nation you're protecting. Separating policy (administration) from personnel (service members) is not something many people do anymore.

Regarding the meeting, the date is fine. I'd like an earlier time (4 pm?), but 7 pm is acceptable if it works best for the others. I don't drink coffee, so the location is less of an issue to me. I'll go with what anyone suggests.

italianprincess 13 years, 5 months ago

A book would be better I believe. I think it would hold more in it and you wouldn't have to subcribe to it.

Hey, whats up with the Reader Reaction tonight? I can't get in at all.

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