Tag: Iraq

What is Freedom Worth? You might not like the answer.

This Memorial Day 2017. On a Chris Hayes Memorial Day video, a mother who was just told her only son was lost in the war asked the Marine casualty assistant officer, “Was it worth it?” He replied, “I can’t answer that for you.” Why didn’t he just say yes? Because he knows that mother would filet him […]

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How to Handle Insults

“Darn, I forgot to get the eggs.” I thought I said it nicely to the young man at the checkout station in King Soopers. “That doesn’t surprise me, gramps. You’re old.” I’m hoping that angry young man, barely old enough to sport a whisker, will call someone to help. He merely holds out a hand towards […]

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Sanitizing War

So, you think by building schools, hospitals, and training all those soldiers to respect Muslims you can erase all the drilled-in depersonalization of the enemy, precise killing techniques, and subtle (well, maybe not so subtle) building-up of their anger after 9/11. I have read the books on war, Sun Tzu to Clausewitz, and more recently, […]

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