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  •  What would the Vietnam Memorial do? (6+ / 0-)

       I am not haunted by the fear that my brother will be sent to war. I believe there are beliefs and causes worth taking risks for, worth fighting and dying for. Rather, I am haunted by the fear that he will be sent to war thoughtlessly, carelessly... The ghost of Vietnam stares at me from a black granite wall that scars the Mall in Washington, and I am haunted by a fear of watching history repeat itself.

       -- Cara Cannon Byington  (Washington Post, Jan. 13, 2003)

    The Abyss is looking back at us.  I can see the Memorial incensed at our inability to learn. I can see it rising from the Mall, expanding, straightening, and cracking over the Congress and the White House like a bullwhip before it collapses over them like a geological formation.  Enough blank surface to inscribe the victims of war well into the future.

    Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. Stupidity is a condition; ignorance is a choice.

    by triplepoint on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 08:40:03 AM PDT

    •  I see ghosts trapped inside that Wall on the Mall (13+ / 0-)

      You can see them if you look.  Sometimes they are older men who fought in the war, sometimes they are older women who lost a loved one, sometimes they are younger people who never knew their father, but they all have one thing in common.

      They are always reaching out to touch the living... and they are often crying.


      by henry porter on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 08:52:08 AM PDT

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      •  wow. (5+ / 0-)
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        brought me to tears again.

        Thank you henry porter for sharing your story.  We all share a lot of painful thoughts about the wars, more poignantly made read by you the loss of troops, and we share the hope that never again will our troops be sent into war without proven rightful cause.

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        Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. Stupidity is a condition; ignorance is a choice.

        by triplepoint on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 09:21:07 AM PDT

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      •  I was lucky. (3+ / 0-)
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        I was not drafted for Vietnam thanks to a very high lottery number (the only lottery I ever won.)  No only that, I had no close relatives or friends sent to Vietnam.  I did not personally know anyone killed in Vietnam.  I was lucky.

        But when I visit that wall, I feel the pain of the entire country and the heartache of every name, because I was here, not there.  I do not know the experience of war; but I've seen its effect on this country, and that effect is writ large on those black slabs.

        I see the danger of repeating that mistake in Afghanistan.  First military advisors, then trainers, then support units, then front line combat as the problems grow and the numbers escalate.  I'm buoyed by Obama's apparent willingness to examine our role and our possible outcomes beyond a conventional military victory in a theater where that's clearly not possible.

        "The louder he spoke of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." ...RWEmerson

        by rb608 on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 10:23:35 AM PDT

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      •  I have many friends and family members whose (1+ / 0-)
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        lives were changed forever by the Vietnam War. Some served, some didn't, but it seems that everyone had some dues to pay.
        I was an airman in the early eighties. I see these kids coming off the planes, and I think that if Reagan had totally lost his shit, that could've been me. When I think about the families of these young people-parents, children, spouses-I just come unglued. I never say this in the IGTNT diaries out of respect to the families and the spirit of the diaries, but we've got to stop this shit!

        "The kid in the combat gear is dead because the men in the suits failed."-me

        by porchdog1961 on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 12:00:05 PM PDT

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