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  •  To me, it does not matter whether the war (12+ / 0-)

    was unncessary or necessary; she still served honorably, with courage, and she put her life at risk in service to our country. It is not like the troops can pick and choose which wars they want or do not want or even where they are stationed or where they are deployed.

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    by wishingwell on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 01:53:42 PM PDT

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    •  of course, of course (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't deny that: no sane person would (well, there is a sane and coherent tradition of pacifism that would, but that's a different story). My point is that one cannot coherently hold these two opposite positions:

      1) The Iraq war was unnecessary, unrelated to threats to the U.S. or anywhere else.
      2) Soldiers who fought in the Iraq war were "defending their country."

      Acknowledging this fact -- that soldiers who were mutilated and killed for a lie, not for the justifiable and honorable individual sacrifice in service of the defense of others -- doesn't mitigate the moral degeneracy of a statement like Walsh made; it amplifies it.

      •  p.s., fwiw (0+ / 0-)

        It should be unnecessary to add this detail, but to encapsulate my point via biographical anecdote: both of my grandfathers were combat veterans of WWII (one enlisting in the US Navy with forged papers at age 15). They were plausibly defending their country. My father did two combat tours in Vietnam (1st Air Cav from '67 - '69). He was doing a lot of things honorably, but defending his country was not among them.

        The language we use matters.

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