Erik Edstrom

Erik Edstrom

Erik Edstrom is a graduate of the West Point class of 2007. He was an infantry officer, Army Ranger, and Bronze Star Medal recipient who deployed to direct combat in Afghanistan.

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Reflecting on my own time as a soldier deployed to combat in Afghanistan, I hope that Covid-19 causes us to redefine what "patriotism" and "national security" really should mean. (Photo: Arby Reed/cc/flickr) Views
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Celebrated to Death: Memorial Day Is Killing Us
"Every day is a copy of a copy of a copy." That meme, from the moment when Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club offers a 1,000-yard stare at an office copy machine, captures this moment perfectly—at least for those of us removed from the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis. Isolated inside a...
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Monday, October 23, 2017
Duty, Honor, and Atrocity: George W. Bush Receives a Character Award at West Point
In George W. Bush’s home state of Texas, if you are an ordinary citizen found guilty of capital murder, the mandatory sentence is either life in prison or the death penalty. If, however, you are a former president of the United States responsible for initiating two illegal wars of aggression, which...
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