Sunday, July 24, 2005

Not Our Grandparents' War, etc

Apparently, i'm not the only one who can't make sense of the whole war narrative. Tom Shanker has an interesting piece in the New York Times today, called "All Quiet on the Home Front, and Some Soldiers Are Asking Why." It begins:
The Bush administration's rallying call that America is a nation at war is increasingly ringing hollow to men and women in uniform, who argue in frustration that America is not a nation at war, but a nation with only its military at war.
Overall, it hasn't been the cheeriest news day, and the Times features stories on the use of eminent domain against merchants near Ground Zero, the fact that the Iraqi guerrillas "appear to be growing more violent, more resilient and more sophisticated than ever," the possibility that "deaths of North Atlantic right whales may be underreported by as much as 83 percent annually," and speculation that it was only a pileated woodpecker they photographed in that swamp.

At least Lance won the Tour.

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