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The Majestic Twelve by Jack W. Lynch II
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Mar 18, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: death-dying-killing-bereavement, history, military, memoirs, regional, culture-and-politics, spirituality-and-or-religion
Read from March 13 to 18, 2010

A disappointment. If the author had stuck to his subject this would have been a pretty good book, but as it progresses he keeps injecting more and more crap that sounds as if he's channeling Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter - characterizing patriotic Democrats or liberals as imaginary (ironic, considering that of the veterans in Congress, the overwhelming majority are Democrats and most of the returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan who've chosen to go into politics have run as Democrats; that during the Vietnam era, both Al Gore and John Kerry volunteered and served in Vietnam while Bush and Cheney pulled strings to stay home in the States; and that during the eight years the Republicans recently had the White House, they tried every year to cut VA funding and benefits for military families so they could give millionaires and corporations bigger tax cuts), throwing in an ever-increasing number of gratuitous slams against Moslems in general, even managing to work in some sexism and homophobia, and advocating unrestrained torture and reprisal killings (in apparent ignorance of the history that shows those tactics have always backfired, beyond being immoral). Master Sergeant Lynch sounds as if he would have made a pretty good Nazi. Even from a strictly military perspective, this guy leaves a lot to be desired as a leader, egging his subordinates on to hold and express contempt for a lot of their officers. I am a retired Marine, and that ain't how it's done, and being hell on wheels in combat doesn't excuse building his own little cult of personality.

This one may appeal to the wannabes with lifetime subscriptions to Soldier of Fortune, but to this Marine, it leaves an ugly aftertaste. I wish I hadn't bought this book.
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