The Cub Scouts write:
The boys and families of Cub Scout Pack 3 in Flyover Country would like to thank you tremendously for your service and your sacrifice.
While we are learning how to “Do Our Best” and “Be Prepared” – you are living it.
We want you to know that while you are standing in harm’s way away from home – we are thinking of you.
We know that many of you sat in Cub Scout meetings as we do now and we hope to have your courage if we are ever called to be in a position like yours.
Please accept this package as a reminder that we believe you are and your unit are True Heroes! Thank you.
I am filled with self-loathing.
It’s bad enough that Americans are over here being shot and blown up for no good purpose – and I didn’t even get to do that. After nearly 20 years of riding a desk, I came over here with visions of riding in convoys and shooting ragheads, only to find out I’m still riding a desk, except now it’s in a dirty overcrowded connex instead of an office building.
It’s not even that I’ve finally realized that I’ve spent the last 20 years, not protecting and defending the constitution of the United States against all enemies, but instead creating a sideshow to distract ourselves from its subversion. That our military adventurism, especially post-9/11, has been for the sole purpose of hiding the fact that our very nation is being given away to our mortal enemies.
No, what fills me with despair tonight is that our propaganda has become so metaphysically pristine in its effectiveness that across the country roomfuls of little boys now believe, as I myself once believed, that the soldiers in Afghanistan are somehow securing the blessings of liberty to them their posterity.