By Robert K. Wilcox:


                      Want to know why there will be little outcry at Obama’s announced defense cuts and emasculation of our military? Don’t get me wrong. There is waste in the military to be excised. And I’m what the Left calls a Hawk. If I ran the military I’d demand honest and courageous cuts.

                      But what’s going on here is a stupid policy decision to cut the bastards down to size driven by decades of ignorance, fear and hatred of the military, with a little peacenik naivety thrown in about how horrible war is and it should be abolished. I’d love it if war was abolished. But it isn’t going to happen.


                      I went to the UCLA research library to research something involving the current book I’m writing. It’s about a deceased former OSS-FBI-CIA operative named Rene Dussaq, a very interesting fellow. (If you knew him, please contact me at my website – www.robertkwilcox.com .) I was shocked to learn that out of the many expensive data bases they offer a writer like me to explore, there was none labeled “military.” The nice researchette who was helping me, said they only carry databases coinciding with academic disciplines at the school. And that wasn’t one of them - nor was World War II, the American Civil War, or even the Revolutionary War.

                      That’s why there will be no outcry. Universities all over the country seldom teach military science or history. Students learn little to nothing about the wars we’ve fought. What little military history they do learn is mostly presented as proof of American Imperialism, brutality and torture. I don’t want to put this all on UCLA because they do offer army, navy and air force ROTC programs -  for students who want it. But without it being a priority of the university, most students don’t. Nobody has told them it’s important.


                      On an earlier book, Target:Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton, I called the research desk at George Washington University for some information on the general I thought they might have. I got a graduate assistant. I began explaining what I wanted. There was hesitation on the other end. Finally, I asked what I was thinking. “You don’t know who George Patton is, do you?” In a subdued acknowledgement, he said, “No.”

                      How could we have fallen so far that a graduate student at one of our premier universities doesn’t know one of the most important US generals of the 20th Century? As a result, he doesn’t know how that general studied other warriors in history, used what he learned in his own battles to win them, and was a primary reason that the Nazis, whom he probably does know, were defeated.


                      The average student knows nothing of the importance of the military. The average American lawmaker has not served. Ditto for news deliverers – our press – who generally have a low regard for the military, as does our president, despite his charade.  Yet, on all sides threats rise – China in the East and Radical Islam beyond the Atlantic and clandestinely in the Americas.

                      Will these threats dissipate on their own? Does the bully stop when you run?

                      None of this bodes well for our country.