for John Lee Pettimore:
It came as a shock to me to be reminded that lying is an honor violation. Of course it is, but I had not seen it pointed out for so long that I had almost forgotten it. Here in the "North" lying has become so common as to attract little notice, not to mention disapproved of for at least a decade.
You are probably too young a man to remember how much attention was paid to the incident when then president Eisenhower lied over the U-2 incident. (there is some facinating "conspiracy theory" about that incident)
Indignation over president Clinton's apparent lies over his alleged sexual indiscretions aroused a small amount of disapproval, and within the last few years we seem to have not only acccepted lying but come to expect it. Anyway, it shocked me to realize how little value is placed on truthfullness or honor. This is not surprising, as all through my formative years I generally got punished for always telling the truth.
Nowdays, and I blush to admit it, I at least weigh the possibilities of lying my way out of something unpleasant.
How this flaw in our society affects our ability to win wars is undeterminable, but in my opinion it would be negative.
My point of view would be that ESPECIALLY Navy seals or any other highly trained member of an elite unit should follow orders whether they like them or not. (my father in law is buried in Italy along with his Ranger comrades)