Army recruits face first big test at the mall

I suppose some left-wingers will object to the U.S. Army setting up a high-tech "Experience Center" in a Philadelphia mall. Frankly, I can’t think of a better place for young people to prepare for military service. The center is next door to a Sam Ash music-equipment store, and the sounds emanating from there will allow would-be recruits to build up a healthy resistance to torture. The Dave & Buster’s across the way will get them used to mess-hall grub. And at the H&R Block, they can watch their friends who got MBAs and cushy white-collar jobs invest their money. Most important, holiday shopping season will soon be here, providing some practical exposure to combat. You’ve got be strong to fight your way through the food court to the Crate & Barrel on Dec. 24. Army strong.

—Posted by David Gianatasio