War is over | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, December 18, 2011

War is over

Posted By on Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 8:02 AM

  • Richard Engel NBC/Twitter

The departure of troops from Iraq is all over the news and commentary this morning. Maureen Dowd reminds what a bad idea Bush's war in Iraq was. Not to mention that the future remains very tentative.

Those who fought in that war? Yes, let's think of them. The tributes to those who serve in military have grown almost religious in nature. Politics now demand that sainthood be conferred on all things military, including the dishonest fairy tales spun when people like Pat Tillman die. At least, that is, we are encouraged to confer sainthood on active military. But as with the after-birth forgetfulness of the fetus venerators, the warrior cheerleaders sometimes have short memories when the soldiers return to civilian life. Checked their unemployment rate lately? Not good.

At least none dare call unemployed war veterans worthless layabouts who simply WON'T work. I hope they don't, anyway. That's reserved for the dirty hippies of the Occupy movement. But you can't be sure. We live in a world where a leading Republican candidate supports child labor. It is also a world where people who walk away from bad, improvidently issued mortgages are considered lowlifes but corporations that walk away from big debts in bankruptcy proceedings or debt renegotiations are considered canny operators. Please check the essay I just linked by James Surowiecki in The New Yorker on the warped PR spin the greedy banks have sold America on the real estate collapse. It might encourage you to join an Occupy march.

Tags: , , , ,


Comments (18)

Showing 1-18 of 18

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-18 of 18

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017
  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation