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  •  The Real Issue (3.60)
    The real issue with the guard thing, is the simple fact that he chose to go into the guard rather than either getting into combat if he supported the war, or joining the anti-war movement if he was against it.  If you are between the ages of 50 and 60 you understand that no one was ambivalant on this issue.

    The biggest cowards, the biggest hypcrites of this time period were those who supported the war yet found a way to stay out of harms way while retaining their conservative credentials.

    This is relevant to today because these people, people like Dick Cheney and George Bush and Paul Wolfowitz are the only people who still believe that we lost the Vietnam War because of the press and the hippies.  Instead of the fact that we found ourselves on the wrong side of a nationalist struggle.  

    They are the only people on the planet who could have possibly thought that if we just embedded the press, stifle dissent at home, and turn the military lose, that we could control a hostil population the size of california halfway around the world.

    The fact that the little shit could't even be bothered to full fill his obligation is just icing on the cake.

    •  Larry David (none)
      Larry David's piece in the Times yesterday captured the essence of the time.  Back then, the guard was a joke.  Today the guard is an integral part of our national defense.  Back then, it wasn't anything of the sort.  Bush and his people are hoping that you won't remember or understand the distinction.  Anyone who was in the guard in the late sixties and early seventies was there to avoid combat.  Period.  Now, there is nothing wrong with being a coward.  Most of us are.  But to take that cowardise, wrap it up in the flag and pretend that it represents bravery is an insult to thinking people everywhere.
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