Serial private, two armies
February 13th, 2012
10:09 AM ET

Serial private, two armies

Over at Time's Battleland blog, Mark Thompson has an fascinating story about Daniel Houten, who is in basic training to become an infantryman in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga. Nothing unusual about another 11 Bravo – except that he recently finished an 18-month tour with the Israeli Defence Forces. The heck with generals and colonels weighing each army’s pluses and minuses – let’s talk to someone who really knows the differences between two of the world’s finest fighting forces.

He may be singing to the choir here, but Private Houten, 20, says the U.S. Army has better food, boots and uniforms than the Israel army he left in June. “The food is better here,” he says. “Americans in general have better equipment, newer equipment.” And he says the Israeli army is a more relaxed, less disciplined outfit than his new employer.

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  1. Rambo

    Steve; very interesting post, as I don't get noruad to the fringes very often, I have not seen this. I would take exception to one example you used, that is Douglas MacArthur, who late in his career forgot that he was subordinate to the President and was duly fired.What I have observed, over my thirty plus years in the military is that military officers are more willing to display their political preference, and that often they are willing (generally in private) make statements regarding the political leadership of the country.When I entered the Army in 1976 it was made clear that while Officers were free to participate by voting in elections, that our choices were not to be displayed. This began to change in the 80's under Reagan and I believe it is change that has not benefitted the nations military. The Armed Services have become stage props for various President, of both parties, to support their political agenda. This is wrong and I do wish for a day when the military was viewed as being apolitical. Times do change.I am in complete agreement that the military is unlikely to stage a coup. First of all someone would leak it to Bob Woodward. Second given that we are fighting two wars (regardless of whether we agree with them or not) I believe our military leadership has more important matters on their plate.

    March 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Lopes

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      May 21, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
  2. Frank

    You can't have traitors in the U.S. Army. Oh yeah, I forgot, Obama is a zionist proxy and is a traitor.

    WAKE US AMERICAN PATRIOTS – the zionists have taken over our country.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  3. mipolitic

    all his views may vary well be true and most likely they are , but can he help his homeland of israel by being in the usa army that is lead by obama that has refused to take military action against iran who is threating israel with extermination??

    February 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Marden

      That's an inevtnvie answer to an interesting question

      May 22, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply


    February 13, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  5. dumb goym

    The whole world hates israel.

    February 13, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply

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