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Letter from a 1st Armored Brigade (Ramadi) mom
By Michael Fumento
Dear Mrs. [omitted]:
I wish I could argue with what you say (and as a lawyer I'm a very good arguer) but most of your letter rings quite true. In WWII, FDR was always doing everything he could to integrate Americans into at least the deprivations of war. Most of his rationing programs were bunk; the idea was that rationing meant sacrifice and sacrifice was good. In Vietnam that all changed, as LBJ sought to insulate the public from the war in order to not distract from his incredible expansion of the welfare state called "The Great Society."
I liked the movie The War Tapes because it brings the war home. The soldiers in it actually have it much better in terms of comfort and safety than your son does but the point is made.
July 25, 2006 10:15 PM · Iraq
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