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A cynic once observed that in times of peace nations make war on themselves. Nowhere is this phenomenon more manifest than in the United States military, where the onslaught of political correctness has resulted in the lowest morale in memory. As American Armed Forces recently geared up for another engagement with Iraq, a troubling consensus arose among officers in the Persian Gulf; neither the hearts and minds of the servicemen nor the material force structure were in readiness for success with a minimum of casualties.

Why was this not more widely reported? The answer lies in the modus operandi of political correctness, which demands unhesitating conformity of behavior and opinion while imposing irrational taboos on the discussion of certain subjects.

Outside of religious orders, there is no institution that demands so much in the way of obedience and conformity as the military. Precisely because the imperatives of political correctness are so frequently contrary to human nature, the effects on a comparatively closed society like the military are devastating. And even though the national defense of the republic is jeopardized thereby, many officers remain silent, as Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness has explained, out of a well-justified fear of a career-ending mistake.

When Lt. General Victor "Brute" Krulak, USMC (Ret.) appointed me to the post of Deputy-in-Chief of Strategic...

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