Re: “US Army officers lie regularly” (TNT, 2-21).
Is there public outrage about the routine and “defensible” lying by military officers? These “ethical shortfalls” have already been addressed at high levels, but after reading this story, I come away with the impression that it’s not a big deal, it’s an ongoing practice and there are no consequences. This is a chilling thought.
Sometimes we all cover the truth. But it’s one thing to “fudge” your opinion of your friend’s haircut; it’s something else entirely to “check the box” in the military to evade and deceive. What kinds of risks are on the line as a result of deliberately false information? “Sorry, sir, I thought we had 12 tanks in that area, but I see it’s actually two.”
When components of your work in the military become a “hassle” that you choose to avoid, then you need a new job – in another field.