TCS: Does Criticism of the War Undermine Troop Morale?
My latest article, “Does Criticism of the War Undermine Troop Morale?” is up at Tech Central Station. The conclusion:
Soldiers ultimately decide for themselves whether their mission is “worth it.” To the extent that they are concerned with political debates in Washington, it is mostly about the small picture: ensuring they get the tools and equipment they need to survive and get the job done. While they may be interested in grand strategy, it seldom motivates them to risk life and limb. They may agree or disagree with establishing a foothold for democracy in the Middle East but they fight for their comrades-in-arms, out of genuine concern for locale villagers whose situations they empathize with, and for hundreds of other reasons unique to each soldier.
Read the rest at the link.
By the way, Monday December 12 will see the launch of the “new TCS.” Among the enhanced features offered:
Ã¢€¢ MyTCS Ã¢€“ personalize your TCS experience
Ã¢€¢ More video and audio clips
Ã¢€¢ Expanded discussion boards
Ã¢€¢ MobileTCS Ã¢€“ access TCS from your mobile phone or PDA
Ã¢€¢ Expanded regional coverage from around the globe
Ã¢€¢ More newsletter options
It should be interesting, especially the discussion boards and enhanced original reporting.