military journalism

We simultaneously portray these rival countries as …

1) rapidly militarizing, unstable supervillains who must be dealt with swiftly, but also

2) inept buffoons with a far inferior military whom the U.S. would crush instantly in any action.

These two somehow-not-conflicting notions then dovetail perfectly to help us both justify a war and make said war seem super easy and winnable. It’s really a perfect propaganda tool for our military – citizens are not gonna rush to enlist for some war where it sounds like they’ll definitely be killed. But do you actually feel “afraid” of Kim Jong-un at all? Don’t you feel like, 70 percent sure you could take him in an arm wrestling match or a game of darts, even though you definitively suck at both? Why do you suppose that is?

Take this New York Post headline. Piggyback rides! North Korea looks like some new CBS Hogan’s Heroes reboot that’s now called HOGAN and somehow features no Asian actors. And sure, The Post is a tabloid that can squeeze a full goofy article out of “Guy kind of looks like he’s on another guy,” but consider these other North Korea headlines it printed this month alone.

North Korea is a credible threat that’s hellbent on destroying the U.S. and its Pacific allies, but fortunately, it also consists of a bunch of piggyback-riding children playing dress-up who we’ll crush in eight seconds as soon as we’re finally like “fiiiine” and get around to doing it.

This same pattern was extremely evident in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

How Our Military Uses The News As Marketing For Recruitment

After serving as artillery captain for awhile Hamilton was chosen to be Washington’s aide-de-camp, a position which he filled for four years. This is his commission and oath of loyalty in accepting that position.

anonymous asked:

Write about a couple having to wait 2 years to be able to be happy with one another

It’s been 4 years.
That’s the amount of time we’ve been together.
It’s been five months.
I’ve written him a few times, I’ve only gotten two letters back.
It’ll be two years.
I’ll have changed immensely, but he will have also.
Hundreds of men.
That’s how many people he’s probably seen die.

It’ll be two years until the next time I get to see him, until the next time I get to hold him, until the next time I get to kiss those beautiful lips of his. It’s something I’ve dreamed of constantly. My baby, he’s in the military. He’s been gone for five months. But it’ll all be worth it, when I get to hug in those few minutes after he gets back. It’ll all be worth it, because he’s my true love and I am his.

Two years.
That’s how long I have to wait until I get to feel my heart beating again.


Henry E. Cowart was a United States Army service member during the Spanish-American war who kept a journal of his experiences. Included with his memoirs are photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, and more. This diary now offers a personal and visual look into the events of the Spanish-American war and life in Tampa, FL in the early 20th century.

Cowart, H. E. (1899). Diary.

From the Spanish-American War Collection, University of South Florida Libraries

General Washington seldom smiles, I never saw him laugh but once, it was after the preliminaries of peace were signed, and at a yankee story told by Dr. Thomas. The doctor being invited to dine at head quarters, one of the aids requested the general’s permission for him to repeat the dialogue between two New England men who had visit ed the French camp. In doing this he repeated quaint speeches and remarks in a manner so inimitably ludicrous that no one but his Excellency could contain his gravity. At length he added, “what, said Jonathan, do you think Chambeau’s soldiers call a hat? the tarnation fools, they call it a chappeau, why, and be darn’d to them, can’t they call it a hat and adone with it.” The general could no longer refrain, he burst into a fit of laughter. There is not perhaps another man who can boast of exciting laughter in General Washington.
—  A military journal during the American revolutionary war, from 1775 to 1783 By James Thacher

To anyone who has said military relationships are cute or hot. Or anyone who thinks communicating through letters is sweet and reminds them of a Nicholas Sparks book. Military relationships are not any of those things. There is nothing attractive about them. They are weeks of anger, of crying, of lonely nights where you stay up late and the only thing you can think about is what they might be doing and wondering if they’re safe. Getting at most two letters a week from them, and hearing their voice once a month. Being so far away from one another and knowing that you may be together soon, but it won’t be forever. And you’ll have to say goodbye again. And again. And again. It’s not about great homecoming sex. It’s not about absence making the heart grow fonder. It feels like an eternity with half of your heart missing from your chest, and the only thing that keeps you going is the fact that eventually you’ll be together, and one day you won’t have to say goodbye.

Ériu Fé Info:

World Size: Medium (but it only takes up half of this map)

Style: Small town/ forest

Nr of Lots: around 16 community and 23 residential

Lot Sizes: residential ranging from 25x25 to a lot with 30x40 (none larger, and most are over water or on hills)

Community lots: Library, Fire Station, Police, Journalism, Military, Restaurant, Bookstore, Grocery, Gym, Hospital, Beach, Park, School, Festival Grounds

Built up: All lots built up with only a few empty (in case you need more), all houses are shell only, the inside is not furnished! Also non-populated.

EPs needed: Sadly you will need all for it to show like in the pictures! (No SPs)

Release date: N/A (really depends, it will take me around another 5-6 months)

CC: yes, quite a bit due to the houses having being built. It will all be included with the download.

PC specs: This world comes pretty decorated, so it may not run well on lower PCs :/

The gentlemen appointed by General Washington, are Colonel Laurens, one of his aid de camps, and Viscount Noaille of the French army. They have this day held an interview with the two British officers on the part of Lord Cornwallis, the terms of capitulation are settled, and being confirmed by the commanders of both armies, the royal troops are to march out to morrow and surrender their arms. It is a circumstance deserving of remark, that Colonel Laurens who is stipulating for the surrender of a British nobleman, at the head of a royal army, is the son of Mr. Henry Laurens, our ambassador to Holland, who being captured on his voyage, is now in close confinement in the Tower of London.*

*Connected with this transaction there is a concurrence of circumstances so peculiarly remarkable, that I cannot omit to notice them in this place. Mr. Henry Laurens, who was deputed by Congress as our ambassador to Holland, was captured and carried into England, and closely and most rigorously confined in the tower of London. Lord Cornwallis sustains the office of constable to the tower, of course Mr. Laurens is his prisoner. The son, Colonel John Laurens, stipulates the conditions of the surrender of the constable, who becomes our prisoner, while Mr. Laurens, the father, remains confined in the tower as a prisoner to the captured constable. Congress had proposed that Mr. Laurens should be received in exchange for General Burgoyne, but the proposal was rejected by the British Government. After Cornwallis was captured however, he was readily received in exchange for Mr Laurens


A military journal during the American revolutionary war, from 1775 to 1783 by James Thacher

This was James Thacher’s journal entry on October 18th, 1781

A melancholy event has recently been announced from South Carolina, Colonel John Laurens, a man of inestimable value, has been slain in a rencounter with the enemy near Charleston… The enemy having detached a party into the country to procure provisions, Colonel Laurens, ever foremost in danger, joined the party of continentals as a volunteer, to counteract their object, and while advancing on the enemy with great intrepidity, he received a mortal wound. His death is universally lamented, more especially at this late period, when the contest is supposed to be near a termination. No eulogy can exceed the merit of this noble and very useful officer.

A Military Journal During the American Revolutionary War, from 1775 to 1783
By James Thacher

This entry is dated November 10th, 1782