I’m not going to quote from the article to tip the answer. The whole thing is worth reading.

I will direct you to interesting information about the author, though.

David A. Patten is a sergeant with the 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Stony Brook University. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Army.

“He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Stony Brook University.”

A sergeant with a PhD. Hm.

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”