Just like Cheney who had ‘other priorities’

From The Last of the Milleniums where he has a juicy post about vets, Sen. Jim Webb and the 47%.

6 responses to “Just like Cheney who had ‘other priorities’

  1. Gosh, Mittens, I was there and I really, really missed you. And you know what? If you had been there it would have done wonders for your ability to empathize with the little people.

    For example, there was the family separation of 474 days out of 540 during which my wife raised our three boys alone, closed on the purchase of a house and made all the major family decisions without me. For example there were the incessant hours of boredom punctuated by moments of fear and immense loneliness. For example there was the frustration of having politicians trying to run the goddam war by sitting around a coffee table drinking bourbon while we were racing up and down the South China Sea lobbing 8 inch shells into attacking Viet Cong. For example there was the immense pleasure of receiving one’s wife’s accumulated 17 daily letters, each numbered consecutively because she knew they would arrive that way, and because there was no fucking email or satellite video then.

    But never mind, Mittens. You can take consolation with all those souls you won for the Lord in France. After all, there are all kinds of sacrifice.

    Yours in sympathy,

    Jim

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    • So, you were there. And ‘in country’ as we used to say. You won’t be surprised that I was a war protester – not in the early days, at that time I think most people accepted military action as part of the ‘Cold War’. Was it after Tet that it all changed? I do remember some of my friends and classmates coming home in despair that we were trying to win what they saw as an unwinable war. They were distraught, damaged – but I needn’t tell you about that.

      Johnson’s tarnished a glorious legacy with the escalation after Tonkin. I’ve never understood how he conducted that war – he wasn’t a foreign policy guy or a military guy, even in the Senate. Bad advice? I guess that was it.

      Glad you made it out intacts. And I think I’ll move your “Dear Mitt” to the front page. It deserves a read from more than me.

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      • When I was on active duty, Moe, I strongly disapproved of protesters. They seemed unpatriotic to me because I still held the old-fashioned view that “war” was something that affected all citizens equally, a vestigial view from WWII. It was only later I read about Johnson and his SecDef MacNamara micromanaging the thing both politically and militarily. They weren’t bad men, I think, but terribly prideful. It was hubris, ego. And it was a war born of fear of communism, entered into because of a falsified attack, a war that we weren’t permitted to win because of atomic weapons. War wasn’t what it used to be and it never would be again. The modern armed forces are “all-volunteer”, and what that amounts to despite the patriotic patina is similar to mercenaries. It is all too easy to use, as demonstrated by George W. Bush.

        You were right to protest, and if the nation’s collective head had been clearer, if we had had a president with a better sense of history and one with more personal humility, we might have avoided most of those wasted deaths.

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        • Jim, we agree about having a volunteer army. I think it’s dangerous; service becomes an experience shared within the military class and eveyrone else goes their merry ways. A military becomes ingrown, they develop their own culture, probably their own politics too when it’s not universal.

          I beleive in universal service – it doesnt all have to be military. There are hundreds of fields in which people could put in their year or two. We could even let people opt out of military service if they wanted – there would be plenty of others to step up. Imagine a citizenry where everyone feels invested! Dream on . . .

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          • I fully agree with you, Moe, about national service. It could solve many of society’s problems, including obesity, discipline, career counseling, character. As you say, “dream on . . . “

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