12 December 2014

It's Official!

After many long years and many sleepless nights...

Today I received my PhD in history from Kansas State University.

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I'm back from deployment and done with my PhD, so I hope to get back to a decent pace of writing on this blog and in print. My first project is getting my dissertation into book form.  The work is called  Containment and Credibility: The Ideology and Deception that Plunged America into the Vietnam War.  A brief sample:

In the shadow of yet another war taking shape in the Middle East—this time against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—it is vitally important to understand how the American public is convinced by its leaders to go to war. In Iraq, in 2003, the Bush administration used a simplistic ideology (the War on Terrorism) and lies and half-truths (Saddam Hussein’s supposed nuclear program) to convince the overwhelming majority of Americans to support the disastrous invasion of Iraq. Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson used this same pattern—a simplistic ideology (Cold War containment) and lies and half-truths (the supposed attacks by North Vietnam against U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin)—to convince the American people to fight a war in South Vietnam that eventually cost over 50,000 American lives. During the Vietnam War, however, the President’s lies and half-truths ultimately doomed his war policy.

Thank you to all of my family and friends over the past six years as I have worked to reach this milestone!

08 December 2014

Back from Deployment

In June 2014, my battalion, Task Force Gunner (4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery), deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the growing U.S. campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  The battalion returned on 8 December, just in time for Christmas!  

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