Navigating the 'human terrain' - Max Boot:
US Marines' ongoing need for cultural awarenes
We need smart people, not smart bombs — Americans who are familiar with foreign languages and cultures and proficient in such disciplines as intelligence collection and interrogation. Yet these are precisely the areas in which the U.S. government is the weakest.
Specifically, Boot focuses on the efforts of one Marine General "who as a combat commander in Iraq saw firsthand the need to enhance the cultural awareness of his own forces ... (beyond) "Culture 101" classes".