As you listen to the Republican candidates embrace carpet bombing, more “boots on the ground”, annihilation of ISIS (and even on occasion Iran), and “unleashing our military”, do you ever wonder about their callous disregard for the soldiers they claim to admire so effusively?
None of these people have ever been in combat. Journalists are usually restricted from revealing the unimaginable horrors of war. We have no idea. Maybe we read All Quiet on the Western Front or saw Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun.
I guess I can understand not caring about anyone but “our men and women.” But to not care about them is demonstrative of jingoism as the destroyer of a core part of our humanity.
I hope you will join me in appreciating a wonderful, caring piece of reporting that reveals the extent to which we are protected from the gruesome, unspeakable experience and consequence of war. Ann Jones, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars: The Untold Story