Monday, April 28, 2014

Military prediction

"(The attempt of the United States to make military service attractive by offering high pay, free college education, and other benefits looks suspiciously like bribing the child with candy.)"
~ p. 124
Ideas Have Consequences

I was reading through some saved drafts on my blog and came across this quotation from Richard Weaver's Ideas Have Consequences. (A marvelous book, do read it if you have not.) And I remembered how often I heard in news stories during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars some young soldier quoted about their trepidation relating to deployment into a combat zone note that they had signed up for military service without any notion that it might involve actual fighting and risk. They were merely intending to serve and gain the benefits of reduced educational costs. Interesting, I think.