Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

Another world

I read "Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point" by David Lipsky. The author followed cadets at the military academy for four years. This environment is completely foreign to me, and one where I'd never survive. It was still interesting to read about. I learned that the "Scent of a Woman" expression "Huah!" is actually used to describe gung-ho-ness. In a June, 2001 graduation address, Paul Wolfowitz talks about surprise attacks and not heeding warnings. He meant Pearl Harbor. A few months later, "instructors are switching on TVs like parting the curtains on the same inexcusable view. 'We're not going to stick with the syllabus today,' one professor declares ... 'This is going to affect your lives more directly than any lesson I have to teach.'"

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