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Good Part 1 interview. Interesting that you went from reseacher to cop. My experience was as a long time cop turned anthropologist.Both way work and are the rare opportunities for gaining entree.Enjoy your work,Scott
Hey Pete,James Fallows has a nice shout out regarding your dad today.http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/03/how-we-thought-and-think-about-iraq/274101/
Scott,I only recently discovered the blog you contribute to and rather enjoy it. Keep up the good work!
Pirate, Thanks for the link! I'm very aware my father signed that petition (I offered to, too, but nobody gave a shit about my opinion 10 years ago). What people forget is how treasonous being against the war seemed back then. Bush has something like a 90-fucking-percent approval rating! I felt threatened at my blue-collar Somerville, Mass, bar because I was against the war (and I was a regular). It was a scary time to be against war in America. And a bunch of friggin' draft-dodging chicken hawks got us in a bad war. My father hated what he called "patriotism lite." But he wasn't surprised the stupid right supported the war. They support all wars. USA! USA! But my father was surprised that the stupid left supported the war. That's what he couldn't understand.
Well I was called "unpatriotic" by one of my cousins. Which is amusing because since I served in the Army as both an enlisted soldier and an officer and he wouldn't know an M-16 from an M-80 firecracker.Not that I ever saw any combat, but I did tote around an M-16 on most days that didn't involve classroom training. I even caught poison ivy once or twice. You get no medals for that. I did have a chestful of largely meaningless ribbons though.I also had the sense to know that starting a war is one hell of a lot easier than ending one.The history of your ancient Greek ancestors and the Peloponesian War should teach anyone that.They teach that war at our senior military schools. It would be nice if in the future our civilian leaders would ponder that war and the entire history of war.It might prevent some more "freedom fries" moments in American history and the ensuing losses in lives and treasure.
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