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Air Force Made Exception
Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 13, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 01/13/2012 6:43:16 AM PST by Academiadotorg

Seattle, WA—Finding a panel dissecting the idea of American Exceptionalism at the Modern Language Association (MLA) annual gathering of English professors is not akin to locating a needle in a haystack. What made this one special, or, if you will, exceptional, was the fact that it was presided over by an instructor from the United States Air Force Academy.

Led or cheer-led would probably be a better verb. “American exceptionalism is a form of cultural narcissism,” Wilson N. Brissett, who teaches at the academy, told an appreciative crowd at the MLA. “Belief in grandiosity, paranoia and focus on self are all there.”

“There were two reactions to 9/11,” Brissett said of the attacks upon the U. S. on September 11, 2001. “On the one hand, there was confusion over why it would happen.”

“There there was the reaction of the Bush Administration: ‘They hate us,’ ‘They are jealous.’” Bush Administration officials mistakenly thought that terrorists envied the wealth and freedom of the United States, Brissett alleges.

He argues that while state secrecy is an Elizabethan concept, after 9/11 the CIA established itself as “sovereign and divine,” a rite that kings once claimed for themselves.

Brissett was awarded a tenure-track professorship in Literature at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 2009, the first year that the Obama Administration served in office. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia.

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TOPICS: Education; Government; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: airforce; american; mla

1 posted on 01/13/2012 6:43:20 AM PST by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

How many of these ‘officers’ are polluting our military


2 posted on 01/13/2012 6:45:42 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping.


3 posted on 01/13/2012 6:48:17 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Academiadotorg

I thought the panel was to discuss American Exceptionalism.

The title of the article should have been:

“Acedemia Accuracy Advocates Gather to Blame America for 9/11: Teaching Others the Same”


4 posted on 01/13/2012 6:49:10 AM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: Academiadotorg

I was on the Academy faculty in years past. As with virtually all colleges, those in the science/engineering departments are a vastly different breed than those in the marshmallow side.

An added indicator of the fall of our military academies is the fact that there is actually a group of folks (directly under the Supt, I believe) dedicated to “diversity”.

We may as well close the place up...it’s doomed.


5 posted on 01/13/2012 6:50:09 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Academiadotorg

Not surprising that there is at least one grammatical error in an article from a site called academia.org.

Kings claimed divine right, not divine rite.


6 posted on 01/13/2012 6:51:15 AM PST by AZ .44 MAG (Repeal Obama)
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To: driftdiver

Did the article indicate he was an officer?


7 posted on 01/13/2012 6:51:33 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: driftdiver

The ‘infiltration’ is obviously much deeper and pervasive than any of us would like to think.


8 posted on 01/13/2012 6:55:57 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: driftdiver

The ‘infiltration’ is obviously much deeper and pervasive than any of us would like to think.


9 posted on 01/13/2012 6:56:25 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: Mr. Lucky

You’re right it doesn’t say that, but does it make a difference. He’s teaching this crap at the Academy.


10 posted on 01/13/2012 6:59:18 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Tenacious 1

You’re either teaching people to be exceptional or you’re teaching them to be average.

I’d rather be exceptional.


11 posted on 01/13/2012 7:05:45 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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12 posted on 01/13/2012 7:06:01 AM PST by narses
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To: Da Coyote

“An added indicator of the fall of our military academies is the fact that there is actually a group of folks (directly under the Supt, I believe) dedicated to “diversity”.”

DC - Social Actions (now “Military Equal Opportunity”) is the operational arm of this mindset. It is also the biggest collection of misfit toys I’ve ever come in contact with in my 26+ years (so far) of USAF service.


13 posted on 01/13/2012 7:20:36 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Academiadotorg

As a cadet, I took a class entitled “The History of Christianity”... taught by a militant secular humanist. Didn’t go very well...


14 posted on 01/13/2012 7:20:39 AM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: driftdiver

The real question is why would a service academy grant tenure to professors?


15 posted on 01/13/2012 9:23:23 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: driftdiver

“does it make a difference?”

When I lived in Colorado and associated with academy cadets and teachers, it would have.

If this evil swine had puked that stuff on the cadets, some captain would have set them straight, and he’d have had a lot more credibility because he was an active-duty officer.


16 posted on 01/13/2012 11:00:43 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: pgyanke

“As a cadet, I took a class entitled “The History of Christianity”... taught by a militant secular humanist. Didn’t go very well...”

I hope you gave the scoundrel a heart attack.


17 posted on 01/13/2012 11:02:17 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc

Well he’s puking that stuff on cadets now, cadets who will be tomorrows officers. Obviously some current officers are quite alright with his agenda.


18 posted on 01/13/2012 11:04:16 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

“Well he’s puking that stuff on cadets now, cadets who will be tomorrows officers.”

Yes, but that doesn’t mean that the cadets are eating it with a spoon, like some New York princess.

“Obviously some current officers are quite all right with his agenda.”

Some, yes. I retired over 13 years ago, so I don’t know how many, and I was Navy any way. I hope the situation is not as bad as some seem to think it is.


19 posted on 01/13/2012 11:07:48 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc

If there’s one of him there are probably more. There is an obvious agenda and our children are the target.


20 posted on 01/13/2012 11:12:22 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

“If there’s one of him there are probably more.”

Yes, I said “some.” That said, I don’t think this guy is in the military.

“There is an obvious agenda and our children are the target.”

Beyond a doubt. I guess you read “Congressional Record—Appendix, pp. A34-A35, January 10, 1963, Current Communist Goals.”


21 posted on 01/13/2012 12:17:08 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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