How little the U.S. knows of warWhat in God's name is this fool talking about? Those who have volunteered to protect our country against the Muslim savages who plot to kill American women and children are "strangers to most of us"? Where does this guy hang out? Manhattan?
By Richard Cohen
I present you with a paradox. The U.S. Army that fought the Vietnam War was reviled, not spit upon (that's a myth) but not much admired, either. In contrast, the Army of Iraq and Afghanistan is embraced and praised. Yet one was an army of the people, draftees and such, and the other is an army of volunteers, strangers to most of us. What's happening here? The answer, I fear, is a cliche: Familiarity breeds contempt. [link]
Outside his weird world, we ALL here in America know (and revere) someone close to us who serves and has served. After all, it was - and is - the National Guard, citizen soldiery at its essence, that has carried much of the burden in maintaining our presence in both Iraq and Afghanistan for years now. A Guard organization that has its roots in every community in this vast land.
And how many of us normal Americans haven't had a loved one, a relative, or a neighbor who stepped up and shouldered arms for his or her country over the last ten years?
Very few is the answer.
In my case my nephew, Jon Fuhrman, while serving with the 101st Airborne, was in the initial attack wave that entered Saddam's hellhole in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and participated in the assault in Mosul that resulted in Hussein's two sons meeting their 72 virgins. And it's my son-in-law, Lt. Col Michael Kasprzyk, II Marine Expeditionary Force, who "mans the walls" to protect our way of life each and every day so that sorry shits like Richard Cohen can prattle on with his incomprehensible twaddle.
In truth, we all have "skin in the game." All except for cloistered liberals in New York and Washington, perhaps.
One more thing: Let me correct this twit on his other point. The vast majority of Americans never "reviled" men and women in uniform during the Vietnam War either. We, in fact, always admired them for fighting the good fight in a hopelessly botched and politically unwinnable conflict.
It was only anti-war lowlifes like Richard Cohen who reviled them.
So he's absolutely wrong on both counts.
Go figure. The Washington Post's village idiot was wrong. It must be Tuesday.