In vain

August 22, 2007

I heard a story on NPR this morning about the ongoing VFW convention.  A reporter asked some of the participants what they thought of the various presidential hopefuls that have spoken to the gathered veterans.  A vet from the Iraq War said that she agreed with the candidates who wanted the U.S. to remain engaged in Iraq until “victory” because–as she put it–otherwise all the fighting and dying they have already done “will have been in vain.”

Of course, I’ve heard this line of reasoning before, but it never struck me like it did this morning.  Not only will it have been in vain, it already is.  All the fighting and dying has been in vain.  I found myself talking to the vet through the radio.  Yes, what you did was useless.  You were grossly manipulated by liars.  Our culture of patriotism misled you into this vain and disastrous affair.   Worse than “in vain,” you have most likely made things much, much worse than they possibly would have been without our military’s presence in Iraq.

5 Responses to “In vain”

  1. Little Mary Says:

    amen brother.

  2. Joy Says:

    As Little Mary said….amen brother. I was thinking the same thing.

  3. Matthew Says:

    For a group that loves the language of economics, these folks don’t seem to grasp the concept of ‘sunk cost’.

  4. sheepdays Says:

    This worldview of fighting a war until victory is achieved, despite the costs and the reasons–it just doesn’t make sense to me.

  5. ale Says:

    It’s the anti-Quixotic quest for a victory that will never be. Its origins were wrong, the end is bound to be tragic, and so many many victims in between.

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