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Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Very insightful read on our military around the world

    The author takes a grunts-view look at several key areas around the globe, where American forces are working every day. He applies his viewpoint of the Imperial nature of these activities, while reporting the viewpoints of the troops cleanly. His reporting on the 1/5 Marines in Fallujah during April 2004 was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Imperial Grunts Fight for an Imperial System

    Not that I have anything against imperial systems as somebody needs to keep order in a messy world. Kaplan makes a good case for how the military needs to change to respond to the GWOT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    True Story about the Philippine Military

    I read the book. Robert Kaplan is a genius. For someone who retired unexpectively from the Philippine Army, I find myself at ease reading the book. I've experienced first hand incompetence and corruption in the Philippine government and military. I graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in the 70's and throughout my military service I've witnessed what the author has written. The Philippines is a culture that thrives on corruption. For those who have not served in the military in the Philippines will find hard to accept the authors' story. Filipinos have become too blindly protective of their hypocrisy and self-serving culture. As their hero Benigno Aquino once wrote in the 1969 Foreign Affairs Journal, 'Filipinos profess love of country but love themselves.' The late Benigno Aquino must be laughing as he finds time to read the book. Robert Kaplan, who I've always admired, provides an outstanding and revealing look at a society that borders on hopelessness and a culture absorbed by sex, bribery, corruption, hypocrisy, cynicism, hatred, pessimism, lies, and everything that lies beneath what we call immoral. and incompent.

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