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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Time for a new attitude

I wasn't even going to mention this. However, it's been eating at me since Sunday. So, I'm putting it here mostly for my own benefit and remembrance.

Sunday I caught just a couple minutes of Meet the Press. At that moment, the topic was apparently the war in Iraq.

There were only two at the table I recognized, namely: Mary Matalin (best known as close advisor to George Bush the first), and her husband, James Carville (best known as an uber political strategist and Bill Clinton's campaign manager). Anyone who barely follows politics knows, that despite their polar opposite political leanings, these two got married.

Anyway, whatever the group was saying, went right over my head. Instead, I was struck by their collective attitude. Or, at least, what I perceived as their attitudes. There was an air of frivolity, of goofing around, of flippancy.

As a mother of someone who just joined the miliary, their lack of seriousness hit me really, really hard. I've been thinking about it, and I wonder if I, too, had such an attitude before Allie joined the Army.

I can't help but also wonder if a similar state of mind permeates the administration that led us into this war and is keeping us there. And, if so, how would the president feel about this whole situation if he had a child in the miliatary.....

Posted by Marie at June 5, 2007 8:22 PM


I would have to think that your perspective, as a mother of a soldier, is much different from those of use who don't have a child in the military, regardless of our position on the war.

As for Carville and Matalin, I think it is all just a game to them. Not that they don't care about people dying. But they're so wrapped up in the politics of this or any issue, that it is more about scoring points than determining what is right.

I hope they get this thing in Iraq settled before Allie gets called over. It would be nice if joining the military went back to being a good way to see the world and earn a college education.

Posted by: BlogFreeSpringfield at June 5, 2007 9:07 PM

Jenna and/or Not-Jenna in the military?

Ha, ha, ha, ha...

People like the Bushies start wars, not fight in them. That would be icky and below their station.

Hopefully, Allie will get something cool to do in Europe or the U.S. or Korea because, sadly, this Iraq thing isn't going to be "done" until January of 2009 at the earliest.

Posted by: Dave at June 5, 2007 10:34 PM

I recently heard someone say "The United States isn't fighting a war in Iraq, the United States Army is fighting a war in Iraq." And I think it's so true. Seems for most Americans - including pundits - the war has no direct bearing on their lives. It is only the Army and those connected to it that the war affects.

Posted by: Kem White Author Profile Page at June 6, 2007 10:14 AM

the sons and daughters who join the military joined knowing that they may have to risk their life someday. THAT'S WHAT IT'S FOR. i'm young and i know that. if we do not penetrate iraq and deprive them of the ability to commit mass murder, they will be HERE. they will come to the united states and they will bomb us, shoot us, and use biological warfare. they will, and why wouldn't they.. if we are just going to sit back and watch. of COURSE the U.S. Army is fighting the war, it's what they train for.

the Army is not some fun "go and see the world and get paid to do it" vacation, i'm sorry that's what you thought it was. joining the army means when the time comes, regardless of the situation, you signed up to lay your life on the line to defend those at home. it is vital that we fight this war in iraq and all over the middle east and relieve tensions, or events like 9/11 will never end. terrorism must be cut off at its roots, which is not here in the united states, ladies and gentlemen

God Bless our soldiers

Posted by: the real deal at June 6, 2007 10:48 AM

Real Deal, we done "penetrated" Iraq, many times over, in the last 16 years. You'll have to fill the rest of us in on all the good it's done besides turning it into a free-for-all recruitment center for terrorism. But you're right that the military's mission has never been about summer camp; reminds me of the old bumper sticker: Join the Army, meet interesting people and kill them. There's a reason that we taxpayers give the military all those guns.

Marie, this whole thing strikes me as so unfair. The very last thing I'd want to see is my kids going off to the military to try to make good the calamitously idiotic brainstorming of the current White House crew. Yet, if this really is a national project and not just the work of an executive branch that feels like it has a mandate to invent the world anew, everyone ought to have a stake in it. That's a thought that leads one place: a draft of some kind (I'd favor a system that has options besides military service). And since it's the older generations that have authored this friggin' mess through action *and* inaction, I think it's only fair that we're all eligible to be called.

I also think a draft ought to be reinstated because the direction we're going, with the military becoming a separate segment of society that the president curries as his special constituency to carry out his mandate, is extraordinarily dangerous for our future. If there's a burden, it's got to be shared.

Posted by: Dan at June 6, 2007 12:28 PM

Real Deal, I appreciate what appears to be unbridled enthusiasm and gung-ho-ness on your part. However, I'm not as convinced as you are that the U.S.'s presence in Iraq will relieve tensions. On the contrary, I believe tensions are raised because of it.

Posted by: Marie at June 6, 2007 8:48 PM