We have always been at war with Eastasia

Four years into a war that’s killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers, reduced the United States’ international status to a pathetic joke, enabled the disemboweling of the Constitution in the name of "security"–and what do we have to show for it?

A fight for reasons that can’t be articulated, aiming at goals that can’t be defined. A military boondoggle pumping billions of dollars into the pockets of corporate profiteers. A rallying cry for Islamist forces over there, and for Christianist forces over here. A cunning sleight-of-hand that’s redefined "dissent" as "disloyalty," convinced Americans to destroy their freedom in order to save it, made "supporting the troops" as easy as slapping a bumper sticker on the ass-end of a gas-slurping SUV.

Ignorance is strength. Go shopping for the troops today.

ETA: From yesterday’s New York Times magazine, The Women’s War–a story about female Iraq War veterans dealing with PTSD stemming from both combat exposure and sexual assault during deployment. 13 pages, and well worth every one of them.

About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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5 Responses to We have always been at war with Eastasia

  1. Magpie Ima says:

    Well said and I agree with you 100%!

  2. Laelaps says:

    I agree, and your post reminds me of something Andy Rooney said not too long ago on 60 minutes. Citing the militaries lax standards for volunteer forces, reccomending we bring back the draft (I did the obligate spit-take when I read his words). Rather than spending money on education, we have the “No Child Left Undamaged”, whoops, I mean “No Child Left Behind” nonsense and innumerable amounts going into a war on an abstraction. One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  3. stephanie says:

    …never thought I’d miss Nixon

  4. Lori V. says:

    The only Bush I trust is my own. That’s all I have to say about that.
    I have nothing nice to say, so I’ll say nothing. >:-(

  5. Mimi says:

    Another who was torqued four years ago, and it’s only gotten worse.

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