Adam Weinstein is a senior editor for Task & Purpose. A Navy veteran and career journalist, he worked previously at the Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and Gawker, along with a stint doing public affairs for the US coalition in Iraq. Adam also founded and edited Gawker's well-received "Fortress America" national security blog. His recent writing has also appeared in Esquire and GQ. He holds master's degrees from Columbia and Florida State University.
"May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t," the old George S. Patton quote goes. In the theater of war and on the page, Patton was nothing if not blunt and effective, like Conan the Barbarian with mechanized infantry. But there's more than meets the eye to the cantankerous general who's famed for slapping a shellshocked troop, racing through Europe to smash Nazis, and being portrayed by a hard-assed, pith-dispensing George C. Scott on the big screen.
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“On the strength of one link in the cable,” an old naval officer once wrote, “dependeth the might of the chain.” It’s a military maxim, but it contains plenty of truth for those of us in the news business, especially these days. In a time when the American citizenry’s distrust of media reaches ever new lows, we journalists know that any error of fact, any failure to do the due diligence on what we publish under our banner, is a gross disservice to the community we seek to entertain and enlighten. If people are to take us seriously, we must take seriously our power to tell and share true stories.
To take a migrant child from her parents at a U.S. point of entry, place her in a just-erected government tent city, and keep her separated from family costs the federal government a whopping $775 per child per night, according to the Department of Health and Human Services — more than twice what it would cost to house the children in detention with their families, and nearly six times more than a brigadier general's or rear admiral's housing allowance for New York City.