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Contributing opinion writer

Nathan L. Williams

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Playing the Wrong Game

As the time for those I love has dwindled, I’ve come to question whether all the time I’ve spent studying was worth anything.

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The Plight of the Self-Conscious Gringo

Am I somehow cheating if I claim the Hispanic identity without having shared in its suffering?

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Pleasantly Grim

But amongst close friends, self-deprecating, cynical, dark humor—the language of the morbidly joyful—provides the perfect disruption.

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“Brass to Grass”

Cadets and students alike tend to mistake inexperience and ignorance for incompetence.

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Learning to Grieve

War is not beautiful. War is the screams of helpless men. War is the sobbing of orphaned children. War is the silence of a city wiped from existence.

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Generic Inspiration

I want unfiltered answers, not a pat on the back or another consolatory sandwich from some OCS event.

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Academic Purgatory

For eight weeks I had the pleasure of working at the Pentagon, and my god, I was about as useful as a broken office stapler.

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Witch Hunts

In all my years of ranting, I have yet to convince a single conservative to join the Democratic cause. Whether we like it or not, educating others requires a conversation, not a self-righteous sermon.

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False Flags

It seems that most of us have forgotten the point of political deliberation. Neither insults nor a condescending tone do us much good if the goal of discussion is to convince others of our stance.

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The Necessity of Nostalgia

I want to dismantle the misconception that marching forward necessarily means never turning back.

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Segments

I had become nothing more than the sum of my routines.

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The American Experience

Ultimately, I’m not afraid of any one organization making a robot of me.

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The 25th of May

To the cadets commissioning this May, I wish I could be there to salute you.

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Books & Bullets

The expectations cadets encounter are what make the transition between school and ROTC both humorous and difficult.

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Thank You for Your Service

When thanked for my service, I feel guilty. Guilty of stealing attention away from those who’ve already served yet remain forgotten.