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Jarhead

Major Tucker was way too kind in his review of Jarhead, a real piece of trash. Swofford was a malcontent who never got the blanket party he so richly deserved. But hey, since Vietnam, Swofford is the go-to kind of guy that Hollywood loves. Jim Webb tells some great stories about trying to work with those jerks. I know Bing West and his son are working on a screenplay based on his Fallujah book, No True Glory, which I reviewed recently in National Review. I hope the movie Bing envisions gets made, but in today’s Hollywood, who knows.

Mackubin Thomas Owens is senior national security fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, editing its journal Orbis from 2008 to 2020. A Marine Corps infantry veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a professor of national-security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College from 1987 to 2015. He is the author of US Civil–Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain.

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