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  •  You're a great American, MM, but you're wrong, (2+ / 0-)
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    CA wildwoman, Panurge

    I believe, to suggest that Americans get out of the military or not enlist.

    The military has been misused, abused, exploited, and so on, not just by our country, but by virtually every other empire and would-be empire in history, and by non-imperial nations, as well.

    But military service itself is honorable, and a military is necessary in the world as it is. I joined the Army in 1968 to beat the draft, and found a rewarding career for 35+ years, during which I believe I contributed to the military and to the larger society. It's that society that is responsible for our imperialism and what our military does in our name; the mission of the military, its authority, and its budget, all need to be taken to the chopping block. So does the attitude that sanctifies military service. (I can't find the Will Rogers quote to the effect that, "We will always have war until a mother says of her dead son, 'He died in the war' with the same emotion as, 'He was hit by a bus.'")

    I always enjoy and learn from your diaries. Thank you.

    Joe

    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:24:42 AM PST

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