Priorities

If a casual aside by Nicholas Kristoff in his New York Times column today is to be believed, the U.S. military now has more people in its marching bands than the State Department has in its foreign service.

Granted, the military (or the USAF in any case) likes to pretend that these marching bands are “musical ambassadors” – seriously, that’s part of their motto – but surely there’s something staggeringly out of whack when the troop of soldiers quite literally charged with beating the drums of war outnumbers the diplomatic corps.

p.s. Here’s another interesting factoid: With 200 odd courses in the USA and around the world currently under its control, the U.S. military is arguably the largest golf management outfit in the world, rivaling the holdings of Arizona-based Troon Inc.

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