Urbin Report

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Extreme citizenship...

By way of the Bookworm is an article by a woman who's husband is in Iraq and how military families deal with the pressures of having a spouse in harms way. Read the whole thing.
Here is a sample:

Military families make the conscious decision to be engaged in 'extreme citizenship.' When we are called, we will stand. We choose this life understanding that there is a constitutional role for the military. That role is not to make policy, but to respond with ability and honor when called to action by our nation's elected leaders. No one — war critic or advocate — could want the military to behave otherwise. It's called civilian control of the military, and it's a bulwark of our democracy.

A couple of points. The author, Kathryn Roth-Douquet is an attorney and former aide who served in the Clinton White House and the Department of Defense. Remember that the Clinton administration seperated a lot of families. Kosovo, Bosnia and Serbia...
We still have way too many troops in those countries, making sure they don't irrupt into chaos again.

This article also reminded me by another article by a military spouse.
I’m in Germany, he’s in Iraq. Some years ago we lived in Korea. Our children have traveled more than we, since we’ve been in Europe.

Mrs. Greyhawk was responding to this comment:
I have to wonder if the academic and media elitists who sneer at the "provincials" in the "red states" have any conception of those kinds of life experiences, much less the effects that they've had on veterans, their families, and their friends. The level of sneering directed South (or East, from the Left Coasters) over the last few days seems to indicate a considerable ignorance as to just how much international knowledge and experience the 'red staters' really have.

She continues her comments with:
I'd add another fact that those same elites might be uncomfortable with: a large number of GI's have married natives of those foreign countries, and lived all over the world throughout their careers, and raised children of mixed parentage who in turn join the military and start the process again. What you usually end up with on or near military installations everywhere is a hodgepodge of nationalities, individuals with a vast collective knowledge of the earth and its peoples and cultures, (reality, not theory) and classrooms full of children for whom "race" is an abstract and who likely have more real world experience than their teachers.

There is a difference between veiwing a culture as a tourist and actually experiencing it.

Damn Skippy!
My dad served in the Corps of Engineers of 22 years. He had to leave a wife with two young children at home when he did his tour of duty in Viet-Nam. My older brother was born in Iowa while my dad was posted there. I was born in Germany during one of his two tours there. I lived in Central America and my neighbors growing up were from all parts of the US and had travelled to, and lived in, multiple foreign countries.