“2100 Waec runz: In Pursuit of Excellence” is written by William R. Murray, a professor at the Department of History and Politics at the University of Minnesota. This book has been used as textbook material at my undergraduate university for the past 20 years. It is one of those rare finds-an academically stimulating text written by a professional historian, whose name is cited in the text with bold, ringing endorsements 2021 waec runz .
For those unfamiliar with this title, let me set the scene: On a blistering hot day in April of 2021, in the middle of what appears to be a Mediterranean summer, William R. Murray, a world-renowned historian and author of six bestselling books, a well-respected commentator in the conservative press, and an expert in military studies, gives a lecture at the Security Exchange Institute. After delivering his address, Murray walks away from the stage to take questions from the audience. The questioners are stunned when Murray refers to the recent failures of US military expedition in Iraq. ” 2100 Waec,” he adds, referring to the United States Army’s Modern Army Review, as being “out of its depth.” The crowd, including the microphone, erupts in laughter-a moment captured on video by a photographer from the Associated Press.
The incident raises questions about why such a famous writer would make such comments at an academic institution-one of the few venues where professional historians and conservative commentators agree on the importance of military affairs. It also raises questions about why anyone who purports to be an expert in military affairs would offer advice at a college-level on the conduct of war. A quick search of the Internet reveals the answer to that question and many others. There are indeed numerous e-mails and Facebook messages that detail Murray’s views on the topic. However, I decided that I could not allow these to mar my respect for Murray as a distinguished historian.
So I searched Murray’s name using one of the major search engines and came up with only one major website: the Wikipedia page on him. According to this article, Murray is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank. Wikipedia also states that Murray is a prolific writer, having written over a hundred books. I checked those books out and, while they were generally informative and entertaining, I could find no reference to a magazine or newspaper that mentioned or endorsed his work. A quick Internet search of the same title turned up a list of articles and stories from newspapers and magazines that do talk about the 21st Century as it relates to the United States military.
Was it plagiarism that brought this article to light or did something else happen? Opinions seem to range across the board but there does appear to be some disagreement among scholars on this issue. In any event, it appears that this is an example of the problems plaguing our educational system and how the media can affect research. When you’re looking for information on the future of the military, shouldn’t those questions include how to make sure it is serving the American people in the best way possible? The 21st Century has seen a steady increase in personnel and our dependence on military services, and there are many important issues facing our nation at the Department of Defense that these issues may affect in the future.
The most likely scenario is that we will have to turn to future generations of leaders to answer the questions on the front burner of all American citizens. That means it is incumbent upon us as citizens of the world to keep abreast of what our leaders are doing and how our leaders are getting the job done. It’s amazing all the news reports that came out every day on the subject of leadership, but none more so than the one in the New York Times on April 14th. It’s an article focusing on how the Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called for an assessment of the Defense Planning and Management Structure. One could quibble with his analysis, but it is certainly worth a careful read especially when future defense leaders are invited to comment on it. If you are not a fan of politics and aren’t really concerned about improving the nation, then maybe it’s not important to read it, but if you are interested in making sure your future leaders are well rounded, then it is certainly a good place to start.