I stumbled over the homepage of retired US Army Colonel Hackworth, who has been fighting as a soldiers from the end of WW2 through Korea and Vietnam and afterwards has been a military correspondent for major newspapers and TV channels (he´s covering the current Iraq war for CNN).
His home page: http://hackworth.com
Have a look at his articles, they make a lot of sense to me. I think he could aspire to become a modern Ernie Pyle. He supports the soldier on the ground, but is highly critical of politicians and top brass.
Esp. read the following article:
Edit for spelling error
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