Comments: Civilization and ethics

If we can learn nothing else from what Brooks says and writes, and we can't, we can know what the RNC is thinking. It looks like they're going to handle the very damaging AWOL situation by suggesting that Vietnam is old news and doesn't matter. I hope so because that's a damn stupid strategy.

Posted by eRobin at February 5, 2004 05:57 PM

In fact, I've seen hints of this from the Right for the past several months. "Vietnam was a long time ago and no one cares but a bunch of old hippies." I've even seen it from individuals, which proves nothing more than it proves that education in this country is drastically in need of serious overhaul.

It really is a complicated issue for me. I find myself entirely unable to see myself protesting the fact that someone didn't want to go to Vietnam but at the same time, I find myself very bitter about someone who was gifted with a protected assignment who couldn't even be bothered to honor the requirements of it.

I've been reminded, from various sources, that, (1) "the paperwork is lost" isn't necessarily untrue when it comes to the government, and (2) Bush requested and received a flying assignment that was, in itself, not entirely a 'safe' berth.

It also occurs to me that Junior wasn't really right for a pilot (the lowest possible score on the aptitude test) and maybe it's actually a good thing that he didn't do that much flying? At least, for the people living around the flight training area.

Like I said, this is a complicated subject for me, but that doesn't mean I want the Right attempting to shove it on a back shelf, next to "Roman Empire" or something.

Posted by Anne at February 6, 2004 10:57 AM