Saturday, May 23, 2020

Memorial Day

Rob's comment:
With all due respect to US veterans---where respect is due---this is crap. It reminds us that The Lincoln Project is an anti-Trump Republican project. 

As someone who despises Trump---and the Republican Party, with or without Trump---I've posted some of their anti-Trump videos

But this is a video too far for me. Veterans of American wars are entitled to respect and support when they return from the battlefield, but the notion that the US fights for "a higher idea" is toxic bullshit. 

A lot of courage by young Americans has been wasted in dumb and immoral US wars, like  the US attack on and invasion of Vietnam and the invasion of Iraq, to name a few.

Men fight bravely for bad causes, like Confederate soldiers in the Civil War and German soldiers in World War II.

And it's hard to see a "higher idea" in the US and British aerial bombing of German cities in that war, not to mention Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Rethinking the Good War).

My favorite American veteran is fictional, the narrator of Johnny Got His Gun, which was understandably banned in this country during World War II.

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