May 18, 2024

What you’re describing…always has been a leadership problem. It’s leadership at the extreme echelons. So leadership at the top of the Army and leadership at the bottom of the Army are primarily where you address and solve this problem.


In September of 2019 we introduced you to the Eisenhower Series College Program. Members of the Eisenhower Program began the year on the road visiting colleges and universities, interacting with audiences often unfamiliar with members of the U.S. Military. Unfortunately the DOD’s Travel Policy, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, has curtailed the Spring schedule for the program. It is our hope at WAR ROOM to bring you a glimpse of what some of those presentations might have looked like via A BETTER PEACE: The WAR ROOM Podcast.

In this first episode our podcast editor Ron Granieri is joined by War College students Joe Buccino, Sam Smith and Vianesa Vargas. In their conversation they try to answer the overarching question, “How does an institution built on uniformity reflect the very diverse society that it defends? And how does the military accomplish diversity and inclusivity while maintaining unit cohesion and readiness?”

Joe Buccino is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, a published poet and the host of the All American Legacy Podcast. Sam Smith is a Lieutenant Colonel and Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army. Vianesa Vargas is a Lieutenant Colonel and Logistics Readiness Officer in the U. S. Air Force. All three of them are members of the AY20 resident class at the U.S. Army War College. Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Photo Description: Boston College, Burns Library building, northeast view; in April 2019. Boston College was one of the many venues that was on the schedule for the Eisenhower Program but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and DoD Travel Restrictions.

Photo Credit: Karlunun via Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license


  1. Good morning! Unless I’m overlooking it, I don’t think the podcast itself is embedded here. Looking forward to this one!

  2. This podcast made a number of statements which don’t have valid science behind them.

    Does Tolerance in the U.S. Army extend to faithful Christians? George Washington was a surveyor on the frontier. Experienced foreign cultures in the Native Americans. Was a planter, distiller, legislator, army officer, and President of the U.S. Constitution Convention. He had more extensive and varied experiences than any serving officer today. He said Christianity was vital to sustain America.

    Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

    This podcast had flaws in logic.

    John Stuart Mill was raised and educated to defend Utilitarianism which based its philosophy on the pain and pleasure principles to provide “the greatest good for the greatest number.” Thomas Carlyle called it a “pig philosophy.” In On Liberty, John Stuart Mill defended the right to act as a pig.

    Some say when one achieves self-realization or reaches the fulfillment of one’s potential, then a person’s life has meaning. But what if a man reaches his full potential to act as pedophile, is that good? If we say a woman is authentic but devotes all her hours to filling every surface of her home with doilies, is that a meaningful life? Others say life only has meaning if we are part of something greater which we are willing to die for. But what if a Chinese citizen works as a camp guard torturing Uighurs in China and is willing to die for the People’s Republic of China? In each, we see bad ideas.

    The segment didn’t report on the problems of transgender men and women which should preclude them from serving.

    Psychiatric comorbidity among patients with gender identity disorder by Masahiko Hoshiai MD, Yosuke Matsumoto MD, PhD, Toshiki Sato MD, PhD, Masaru Ohnishi MD, PhD, Nobuyuki Okabe MD, Yuki Kishimoto MD, Seishi Terada MD, PhD, Shigetoshi Kuroda MD, PhD First published: 19 August 2010 Citations: 63

    Women in combat roles face these “disproportionate medical risks” Jazz ShawPosted at 2:31 pm on July 26, 2017

    LGBTQ Members, statistically, will have children which will have more problems. From a cost benefit perspective, a case could be made to exclude them just for higher costs.

    The Campaign to Discredit Regnerus and the Assault on Peer Review By Peter Wood

    Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science: Did blind orchestra auditions really benefit women? Posted by Andrew on 11 May 2019, 9:24 am

    Is structural stigma’s effect on the mortality of sexual minorities robust? A failure to replicate the results of a published study By Mark Regnerus

    This report presents a careful summary and an up-to-date explanation of research — from the biological, psychological, and social sciences — related to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is offered in the hope that such an exposition can contribute to our capacity as physicians, scientists, and citizens to address health issues faced by LGBT populations within our society.

    Fall 2016 ~ Copyright 2016. All rights reserved. See for more information.

    The reason the U.S. Army integrated units during the Korean War was the all black regiments would not fight. See the movie Pork Chop Hill. S. L.A. Marshall noted that Gregory Peck made an honest and realistic war movie; unlike most Hollywood war movies.

    The Case against Reparations By Kevin D. Williamson May 24, 2014 6:00 AM

    The Case Against Reparations for Slavery by Richard A. Epstein Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    The problems in the African American community are self inflicted with the parents failing in most cases to care about their children’s education. We have had the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Great Society, and Preferential Policies for decades now. Frederick Douglas gave a speech on what should we do about the Negro. He said, “Nothing other than don’t hinder him in any way. If an apple will not stay attached to the tree, then let it fall.”

    A teacher in Virginia remarked that the teacher had more than one African American student say, “I don’t need to study because I will make more in one year selling drugs than you will make in your life time.” At another a high school in Fairfax County, Virginia African American teachers had to do special after class correction to African American students. The African American students thought studying was “acting white.”

    Johns Hopkins Magazine Johns Hopkins University: Coleman Report set the standard for the study of public education By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson / Published Winter 2016

    Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Four Moments in the Research Career of James S. Coleman By Russell K. Nieli

    NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICSStatistical Analysis ReportMay 2001National Household Education SurveyFathers’ and Mothers’Involvement in Their Children’sSchools by Family Type andResident Status

    Liberty, Equality, Reality: Questions we’d rather not ask about race. by William Voegeli

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